United Nations appoints Edward Kallon of Sierra Leone as UN Resident Coordinator for Zimbabwe
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on January 4, 2022 appointed Edward Kallon of Sierra Leone as the new United Nations Resident Coordinator for Zimbabwe.
Kallon has more than three decades of professional experience in public services, both in the United Nations and outside, in complex emergency, transition and development contexts in conflict and non-conflict contexts in low- and middle-income countries. Upon his appointment, he will also be Humanitarian Coordinator in Zimbabwe since taking office on January 6, 2022.
Prior to his appointment, he served as Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, following an assignment as Resident Coordinator in Jordan. He has also held senior positions with the World Food Program (WFP) in Bangladesh, India, Iraq, Somalia and Uganda after beginning his career with the United Nations as a UN Volunteer assigned to WFP in Afghanistan.
After joining the UN, Kallon worked in his home country, as a socio-economist and community development coordinator for GTZMANR, a bilateral technical cooperation project, as well as coordinator of an income generation project with an organization global non-profit Plan International.
He holds an MA in Development Studies with a specialization in Agriculture and Rural Development from the Netherlands Institute of Social Studies and a BA in Agricultural Education from Njala University College, University of Sierra Leone. .