The United Nations Economic Commission for Africa office in Yaoundé Cameroon will take part in this very important event. The Deputy Executive Secretary Ms. Giovanie Biha will deliver a statement during the opening ceremony on the 20th November 2017 at the Hilton Hotel Yaoundé.
Ms. Giovanie Biha is a national of Burundi. Prior to joining the ECA on 30 March 2015 as a Deputy Executive Secretary for Knowledge Delivery, Ms Biha was serving as Director of Management and Administration Division at UN Women. She has more than 25 years of extensive experience that combines policy formulation, programmatic and operations management in the UN system as well as the private sector. She has also served as Chief of Budget Strategy and Corporate Performance Management in UNDP’s Office of Planning and Budgeting. Ms. Biha has worked as Deputy Resident Representative for both Programme and Operations in UNDP-Mauritania; as Senior Programme Manager and Deputy Resident Representative a.i. in UNDP-Ethiopia; and as Assistant Resident Representative in Guinea-Bissau and Guinea-Conakry. Ms. Biha has also worked for the Central Bank of Burundi. She holds a Masters degree in Economics from Western Illinois University.
In her current position as Deputy Executive Secretary of ECA for knowledge Delivery, Ms. Biha oversees the work of ECA’s Capacity Development Division (CDD); Public Information and Knowledge Management Division (PIKMD); Division of Administration (DoA); ECA’s five Sub-regional Offices (SROs); and the African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP).