Meet our new Resident Representative, Edward Kallon

Dec 15, 2016

Mr. Edward Kallon, (Sierra Leone national), is the UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative. He held a similar position for the past three years in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

Prior to his assignment here in Nigeria, Mr. Kallon was the World Food Programme’s (WFP) Representative and Country Director in India from 2013 to January 2014. He was also WFP’s Regional Refugee Emergency Coordinator for Syria for the latter six months of 2012 and UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator a.i. in Iraq from February-May 2012.

Since 1992, Mr. Kallon has had numerous assignments with WFP such as: Representative and Country Director, Iraq (2008-2012); Deputy Country Director, Bangladesh (2005-2008); Deputy Country Director, Uganda (2002-2005); Programme Coordinator, Uganda (2001-2002);Programme Coordinator, Somalia (1998-2001); Programme Officer for Afghanistan, (based in Islamabad) (1995-1998); Head of Sub-Office in Herat, Afghanistan (1992-1994).From 1990-1992 Mr. Kallon was a UN Volunteer, assigned to WFP in Kabul.

Before his career began with the UN, he worked in his home country as a Socio-Economist and Community Development Coordinator for GTZMANR (1988-1990) and with Plan International during 1986 as Income Generation Project Coordinator. He holds an M.A. in Development Studies with a specialization in Agriculture and Rural Development from the Institute of Social Studies, The Netherlands and a B.S. degree in Agricultural Education from Njala University College, University of Sierra Leone.

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