Ms. Katrin Hagemann was appointed as the Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Kenya in 2019. A German National, she joined the European External Action Service at its inception in 2011. From 2015-2019, she served as the head of the Political Section of the European Union Delegation to Botswana and SADC. She holds a degree in Astronomy and Physics (Wellesley College), a Master's Degree in in Astronomy (Cornell University) and a second Master of Advanced International Studies (University of Vienna/Diplomatic Academy Vienna). She began her career at the German Federal Foreign Office before joining the European Union Council Secretariat in 2006.
Masters in Economics
PhD in International Management
Official at the European Commission since 1996
Career in development cooperation:
- European Commission: DG Development: Expert in budget support and private sector development
- 2004-2008 Head of Sector economic cooperation at EU Delegation to South Africa
- 2008-2013 Head of Development cooperation at EU Delegation to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean
- 2013-2017 European Commission: DG International Cooperation and Development: Head of Sector for Domestic Revenue Mobilisation and Taxation
- As of Sept 2017: Head of Development Cooperation at EU Delegation to Kenya
Ambassador of Italy to Kenya and Seychelles and Permanent
Representative of Italy to UNEP and UN-Habitat – September 2018
- Italian Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, October 2017-
- Head of Division for Afghanistan and Regional Dimension, EuroMed issues –
Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation,
Directorate General for Political and Security Affairs; September 2014–
- Ambassador of Italy to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, June 2011-August 2014
- First Counsellor/Deputy Head of Mission, Italian Embassy in Venezuela,
February 2006-May 2011
- Head of Secretariat, Directorate General for Development Cooperation -
Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, June 2003–January 2006
- North Africa and Middle East Desk Officer, Directorate General for
Development Cooperation - Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, September
- Joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in 13th may 1992,
- Embassy in Havana (25/09/1996),
- Embassy in Berlin (7/11/2001),
- Head of Division at the Directorate of Institutional and Bilateral European Affairs at the Direction-General of European Institutionalist Affairs, na Direção-Geral dos Assuntos Comunitários (1/12/2005),
- Embassy of Brasília, (2/07/2008),
- Consul-General in Johannesburg, (20/08/2012),
- Permanent Representative to the UN in Nairobi accredited to the UNEP and UN-Habitat (12/12/2016)
- Head of Mission in the Embassy in Nairobi (18/5/2018).
Juliette Biao Koudenoukpo, UN Environment Programme Director and Regional Representative for Africa has a wealth of experience in international development and over 30 years managing development initiatives in Latin America, Canada, and Africa with a focus on the environment, community livelihood, and gender equality. She has worked with a range of international organizations developing, managing, and mobilizing resources. Dr. Biao pioneered ground-breaking initiatives including participatory management of protected areas. She has previously served as the Minister of Environment and Nature Protection in Benin as well as Acting Minister of Family and Child. Dr. Biao holds a PhD in public policy and administration, an M.Sc. in forestry economics as well as other numerous academic and professional certificates. She received the Global Women Leadership and Green Future Leadership Award for her leadership and achievements in the field of environmental management and sustainable development.
Cyril Gerardon has been the Head of Cooperation and Cultural Affairs at the Embassy of France in Kenya and Somalia since 2018. He is a diplomat and foreign affairs counselor for the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs since 2000, having worked in Kazakhstan, Russia, Algeria and Mozambique. He has also worked for the Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations in New York, and has also been in charge of following up on Afghanistan from the Ministry in Paris.
Recruited by the Ministry of Foreign in April 1980
Second Secretary to the French Embassy in Brazzaville (Congo) - 1980-1984
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (French abroad and Foreigners in France Division) – 1985-1986
Deputy Consul to the General Consulate in Yaoundé (Cameroon) – 1987-1991
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Economic Affairs Division) – 1991 -1994
First Counsellor and Deputy Permanent Representative to the Economic and social Commission for
Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok (Thailand) – 1994-1996
Deputy to the Ambassador in Bangkok (Thailand) – 1996 -1998
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (United Nations and International organizations Directorate – Human Rights
Division) - 1998-2001
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Head of division Africa and Indian Ocean (International Cooperation and
Development) - 2001-2004
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Head of Planning and Financial affairs (International Cooperation and
Development) – 2004-2006
Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development (Head of International Affairs) – 2006-2010
Ambassador in Kampala (Uganda) -2010-2013
Ambassador in Cotonou (Benin) - 2013–2016
Diplomatic advisor to the Prefect of the Region Bourgogne-Franche Comté – 2016 -2018
Ambassador to Kenya and to Somalia – Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Nairobi
Mr Fabio Melloni graduated in Political Sciences with an economic focus, he worked as programme analyst on information systems at the Italian National Institute of Statistics. He was a volunteer in Africa (Benin) with an Italian NGO dealing with the IT and statistical treatment of data on malnutrition.
He has been a consultant for ICT, statistics and Early Warning systems of the World Food Program, FAO, the European Union in Benin, Niger, Mauritania, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Syria.
From 1991 to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation as an expert in development cooperation. He directed the Italian Cooperation Offices in Mozambique, Ethiopia, Lebanon and Syria.
He has been technical coordinator for humanitarian aid for the Italian Cooperation during major crises, from the tsunami to the earthquakes in Pakistan, Indonesia, to the conflicts in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, South Sudan. Since October 2019 he directs the AICS office in Nairobi (Kenya, Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda). Since February 2021, he is also Acting Head of Office of AICS Mogadishu.
EMMANUEL KOMBE NZAI is a Public Policy professional with a passion for social innovation and economic development. He is the founding CEO/Secretary of Jumuiya ya Kaunti za Pwani (JKP) “Commonwealth” a regional economic development organization representing Kenya’s six coastal counties; Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi, Tana River, Lamu & Taita Taveta. In this role, he is charged with coordinating economic development cooperation of the six counties and key stakeholders, Policy harmonization, Promotion of the regional assets and mobilization of Investments towards an economy that creates wealth and shared prosperity for its communities.
He was a Deputy Presidential candidate, Thirdway Alliance, Kenya (Ekuru-Nzai 2017) and Founder/CEO of Linkagepoint LLC, a strategic advisory and technology company in Washington DC (2005 – 2010).
Oumar has more than 20 years of academic and practical experience in land, natural resources, conflict resolution, urban development, regional cooperation and partnership.
Prior being appointed as Acting Director for the Regional Office for Africa, Oumar was coordinator of the Urban Legislation, Land and Governance Branch within UN-Habitat.
As the Leader of the Land and GLTN Unit, Oumar has led the efforts towards improving tenure security for the vulnerable through the expansion of GLTN’s work at the country level; advocating for wider incorporation of land governance in the overall SDGs agenda towards bridging the gap between rural and urban land nexus, and to build strong partnership on land governance. The Land and GLTN Unit is also supporting tools implementation at country levels to support land administration and policy development.