YACOUB EL HILLO

YACOUB EL HILLO

YACOUB EL HILLO

Regional Director for Africa

Yacoub joined Development Coordination Office (DCO) as Regional Director a.i. on 1 August 2021 after he had completed his tenure as DSRSG/RC/HC in Libya in December 2020. He wrote the nexus/complex emergencies play-book having served his 32 years in some of the UN’s largest humanitarian and most complex peacekeeping operations, including in his native Sudan, Kenya, Somalia, Iraq, Tanzania, the Gulf, Liberia, Libya, among others. Before Libya, he served as DSRSG/RC/RR in Liberia and led the post-mission transition there. He played a critical role as RC/HC/RR in Syria from 2013 to 2016. Yacoub has been the quintessential RC/HC. A Sudan national, he will be holding the reins of the DCO Africa Regional Office for at least four months from 1 August 2021. 

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Team in Africa Region

  • Eskedar Nega, Team Leader/Strategic Planner/Senior Regional Coordination Officer
  • Hodane Youssouf, Senior Regional Coordination Officer (based in Dakar)
  • Tarek Cheniti, Senior Regional Coordination Officer
  • Kwasi Amankwaah, Senior Regional Coordination Officer
  • Zoubir Benarbia, Regional Liaison and Sustainable Development Officer (based in NY)
  • Pauline  Magawi, UNSDCF Partnerships and Programme Officer
  • Asel Abdurakhmanova, UNSDCF Partnerships and Programme Officer
  • Hiroyuki Saito, Regional Communications Officer
  • Saman Mastiyage Don, Programme Management Officer, Business Operations Strategy and Administration
  • Gleh Appleton, Common Back Office Programme Officer 
  • Dafne Capisani, Programme Management and Socio-Economic Development Officer (JPO, based in Dakar)
  • Jocelyne Sandra Yama,  Coordination and Development Planning Specialist (UNV, based in Dakar)
  • Yatenayet Wogayehu, Senior Administrative Assistant
  • Wubit Girma,  Programme Management Assistant
  • Seleshi Begashaw, Protocol Assistant and Driver