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Biography of Anna TIBAIJUKA

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Mrs. Anna Kajumulo Tibaijuka,
(Tanzanian origin)joined UN-HABITAT as Executive Director in September 2000. Today she is the highest ranking African woman in the United Nations system. As Executive Director, she participates in all high-level bodies of the UN system.

These include the Chief Executive Board of the United Nations, and the Senior Management Board of the Secretary-General, which serves as his cabinet. It is under her tenure that governments overseeing the agency through its Governing Council more than doubled UN-HABITAT’s core budget to $44 million for 2004-2005, granting it authority to spend up to $50 million should funds become available.

During her first two years in office, Mrs Tibaijuka oversaw major reforms that led the UN General Assembly to upgrade the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements to a fully-fledged UN programme, now called UN-HABITAT - the United Nations Human Settlements Programme. Her appointment as Executive Director was confirmed at the Under-Secretary-General level, and Mrs. Tibaijuka was elected by the General Assembly to her first four-year term in July 2002.

Apart from her UN-HABITAT role, Mrs. Tibaijuka is dedicated to the role and rights of women in development. The founding Chairperson of the independent Tanzanian National Women's Council (BAWATA), she is also the founding Chairperson of the Barbro Johansson Girls Education Trust dedicated to promoting high standards of education for girls in Tanzania and in Africa.

She was also the convener of Tanzania’s Local Entrepreneurs Initiative, a voluntary group mobilising and assisting Tanzanians to form joint venture companies with overseas investors. She has been a Board Member of the Tanzania Economic Policy Development and Management Foundation and is a director of a number of private companies dedicated to encouraging entrepreneurship and efficiency in agricultural marketing.

She holds a Doctorate of Science in Agricultural Economics from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala. She was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science degree in 2003 for her work by the University College London. She speaks English, Swahili, Haya, Swedish and some French.

Last update : 09/08/2008

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