Monday, 08 July 2013 10:52

President Chissano announces appointment of a Senior UN Executive as Head of ACPF

8 July 2013 - Press Release. ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA. President Joaquim Chissano, former President of Mozambique and Chair of the International Board of Trustees of The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) announced today the appointment of a highly experienced and senior former UN executive Mr.Théophane Nikyèma as the new Executive Director of ACPF.

He will commence his role at the ACPF Secretariat on 1st August 2013.

“The new Executive Director is a passionate advocate for children’s rights and wellbeing in Africa and a skilled hands-on manager. We are delighted to have him to lead the ACPF Secretariat,” said President Chissano. A versatile senior executive manager, Mr. Théophane Nikyèma has more than twenty years experience in leadership positions within the United Nations System, having served in Mali, Uganda, Senegal, Rwanda, Tanzania, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi as well as in Vietnam and Nepal. His previous appointments included UNDP Resident Coordinator in Uganda (2006-2012), UNICEF Deputy Regional Director for West and Central Africa (2003-2006), and UNICEF Country Representative in Rwanda (2000-2003).

Mr. Nikyèma, a national of Burkina Faso, is bilingual in both French and English and holds an MBA from the prestigious Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management of Claremont Graduate University.

Said Dr Agnes Akosua Aidoo, Chair of the Administrative Council of ACPF and of the Selection Committee: “We are happy to have identified an African expert with such an international educational background and a vast international development experience that encompasses service and management at various levels, and across regions, Africa and Asia.”  She added, “Given his extensive knowledge of the major actors in development in Africa and beyond, we expect him to provide further confidence and leadership to promote the rights and wellbeing of children in the continent. Indeed, we expect Mr. Nikyèma to take ACPF to an even higher level and make it not only the leading voice of children in Africa but also a major interlocutor in all matters affecting children around the world.”

ACPF is an independent, not-for-profit, pan-African institution of policy research and dialogue on the African child. Its Secretariat is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Its mission is to put children on the public and political agenda. It is especially well-known and respected for its extensive policy research and advocacy work on children, and its flagship biennial report, The African Report on Child Wellbeing, and its biennial International Policy Conference on the African Child are considered to be respectively the leading publication and forum of dialogue on the African child. ACPF was founded in 2003 by Assefa Bequele Ph.D. a devoted and passionate promoter of child wellbeing.

ACPF’s International Board of Trustees consists of distinguished experts and personalities on child rights and world development. Its first and founding Chair was the distinguished African statesman and former Secretary-General of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), Dr Salim Ahmed Salim.

Please visit for more information about ACPF and the full list of members of ACPF’s International Board of Trustees. For further information, please contact ACPF at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Source: The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF)

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