Diana Ofwona is the Regional Director a.i. of UN Women Office for West and Central Africa (WCARO) since 1 July 2015. Prior to her current appointment, she served as Representative of UN Women in Rwanda since 2013 and has to her credit over 25 years’ experience working in the area of socio-economic policy development, peace and security.
Diana Ofwona holds a Master of Arts (hons) degree in Political Science and Languages (University of Nairobi, Kenya), a postgraduate diploma in mass communication (Kenya Institute of Mass Communication) and is currently engaged in doctoral research on governance in post-conflict economies. Ms. Ofwona is a recipient of honours and certificates from various leadership institutions around the world.
Ms. Ofwona has held a number of senior posts in various organizations in countries spanned across three continents (Africa, the Caribbean and North America): From May 2010 to December 2012, she served as UN Women’s Regional Director in charge of Peace and Security in Central Africa covering 9 countries (Burundi, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Republic of Congo and Rwanda); Special Advisor to the UN Assistant Secretary General and UNDP Regional Director for Africa (2006 – 2008) based in New York; UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Niger (2004 – 2006); UN Senior Policy Analyst for Southern Africa based in Pretoria, South Africa (2002 – 2004); Policy Analyst, UNDP (2002) based in Trinidad and Tobago; UN Regional Advisor on Gender & Development in the Great Lakes Region (2000 – 2002) based in Kigali, Rwanda; UN National Coordinator for the Advancement of Women in Kenya (1998 – 1999); Regional Programme Officer for the African Academy of Sciences and African American Institute (1994 – 1997) based in Nairobi, Kenya with travel throughout Africa; and Principal Administration Officer of the Union of National Radio and Television Organizations of Africa (URTNA-PEC) in Nairobi, Kenya between 1991 and 1993.
Diana has also served on high-level boards and committees, most notable being her appointment in 2006, by the UN Assistant Secretary General and UNDP Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa (RBA) to the UN high-level Strategy and Management Review Panel commissioned to develop a new strategy for UNDP in Africa and to propose the supporting institutional framework and human resource capacity for its implementation. She has been a member of the Makerere University Female Scholarship Foundation, MTN Foundation, and has just successfully concluded a two-year term on the board of the North-South Institute in Ottawa, Canada.
Diana Ofwona is widely travelled diplomat, an ardent reader and proficient in English, French, German and Kiswahili. Keen to help women grow in the corporate world while maintaining a healthy balanced life, she hosts a women’s club in the United Nations for self-actualization and personal growth and is a member of two investment clubs in her home country.
Diana is married to Alphonse K. Mukama and has three children ages 32, 28 and 26.