Clementine Nkweta-Salami
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Clementine Nkweta-Salami

Clementine Nkweta-Salami
Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan, United Nations

Clementine Nkweta-Salami, a distinguished diplomat and humanitarian, has been recognized for her exemplary contributions to international affairs. In a significant acknowledgment of her dedication and leadership, she was named in the 5th list of 100 Most Influential African Women in 2023 by Avance Media. Notably, she currently holds the esteemed position of Deputy Special Representative for Sudan within the United Nations Integrated Transition Assistance Mission in Sudan (UNITAMS). Simultaneously, she serves as the United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan.


Ms. Nkweta-Salami brings an extensive wealth of experience, spanning 30 years, in humanitarian affairs and protection, predominantly in challenging field settings. Her remarkable journey in service to humanity includes a three-year tenure as the Director of the Regional Bureau for the East, Horn, and Great Lakes Regions of Africa at the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). In this role, she provided strategic direction, support, and oversight to 11 UNHCR country offices.


Prior to her current appointment, she held pivotal positions within UNHCR, including serving as the UNHCR Representative to Ethiopia, Regional Representative to Southern Africa, and Representative to Burundi. Additionally, she assumed the role of Head of Inspection in the Inspector General’s Office at UNHCR Headquarters in Geneva. Throughout her illustrious career, Ms. Nkweta-Salami has also served in field positions with UNHCR in the United Republic of Tanzania, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.


Clementine Nkweta-Salami is a highly educated and qualified professional, holding a master’s degree in corporate and commercial law from University College, University of London. She earned her Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom and a Bachelor of Social Science degree in sociology and political science from the University of Ottawa.


In addition to her academic achievements, Ms. Nkweta-Salami is a qualified barrister and holds membership in both the English and Cameroon Bar. This legal background enhances her ability to navigate complex international issues and contribute effectively to diplomatic endeavors.


Clementine Nkweta-Salami’s inclusion in the 100 Most Influential African Women list for 2023 reflects her outstanding commitment to humanitarian causes and her leadership in complex and demanding environments. Her appointment as Deputy Special Representative for Sudan underscores the confidence placed in her capabilities by the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. Ms. Nkweta-Salami’s extensive experience, educational qualifications, and dedication to making a positive impact on the lives of those in need position her as a trailblazer and influential figure in the field of international diplomacy and humanitarian affairs.

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