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Dr. Chimimba David Phiri was appointed in May 2018 as the Subregional Coordinator for Eastern Africa (SFE) and FAO Representative to the African Union (AU) and to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

Subregional Coordinator for Eastern Africa: Chimimba David Phiri

Dr. Chimimba David Phiri is FAO Subregional Coordinator for Eastern Africa and FAO Representative to the African Union (AU) and to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. 

Before joining FAO SFE in May 2018, Dr. Phiri was the Subregional Coordinator for the FAO Subregional Office for Southern Africa, which supports 16 countries predominantly in Southern Africa, for five years. In addition to this role, he served as FAO Representative to Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Botswana. 

Dr. Phiri joined FAO at its headquarters in Rome in 1991 as Policy Economist in the Economic and Social Development Department. From 1998 to 2008, he served in the Cabinet of the FAO Director-General, where he was involved in the policy direction and overall management of the Organization. In September 2008, Dr. Phiri was appointed Chief of the Policy Assistance Support Service in the Technical Cooperation Department. In this position, Dr. Phiri was the focal point for FAO’s support to the African Union and its NEPAD programme, and he chaired the Organization-wide Task Team for such cooperation.