Commonwealth has appointed Dr Josephine Ojiambo, formerly Kenya’s ambassador to the UN, as its deputy Secretary-General.
The intergovernmental organization’s Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma announced the appointment late Thursday at the Secretariat’s headquarters in London.
Dr Ojiambo who served as the Chief of the Executive Board and External Relations of the United Nations Population Fund, will now oversee the political, human rights, rule of law, and communications of the 53-member states body.
“I am delighted to welcome Josephine Ojiambo as our new Deputy Secretary-General overseeing our political, human rights, rule of law, and communications work. She will bring to the Secretariat and the Commonwealth a strong track record in leadership, strategic and operational management, and a rights-based approach to international development, democracy-building, and conflict resolution, and an impressive versatility of high level experience and skills appropriate for the position,” said Mr Sharma.
The diplomat has held a wide range of leadership, management and advisory positions in the public, private, and non-governmental sectors at national and multilateral levels and brings to her new role more than 25 years of experience in international relations, diplomacy, governance and policy advocacy.
Her appointment is effective from 5 January 2015.