FAO Regional Office for Africa

Mr Patrice Talla Takoukam, is Subregional Coordinator for Southern Africa (SFS) and FAO Representative in Zimbabwe.

Subregional Coordinator for Southern Africa: Patrice Talla Takoukam

Mr Patrice Talla Takoukam is Subregional Coordinator for Southern Africa (SFS) and FAO Representative in Zimbabwe, effective 18 August 2020.

Mr Talla, a national of Cameroon, holds a Doctor of Philosophy in International Environmental Law and Public Law from the University of Limoges in France, Master’s Degree and Diploma of Advanced Studies (DEA) in Public International Law from the University of Reims in France, and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Yaounde in Cameroon.

He started his career in 2000 as a Research Associate and Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Department of Public International Law and International Organization at the Faculty of Law, at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. In 2001, he worked in parallel as a Consultant at the United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC), and for the international law firm “Lalive and Partners’” in Geneva.

He joined FAO headquarters later in 2001 as Legal Officer (Associate Professional Officer) in the Law and Development Service of the Legal Office. In 2004, he transferred to the World Bank in Washington DC, United States, as Legal Officer/Counsel in the Environment and International Law Unit, Legal Department. He came back to FAO headquarters in 2010, where he served as Legal Officer in the Development Law Service, Legal Office.

In 2013, he was appointed FAO Representative in Madagascar, and consequently also in Comoros, Mauritius, and Seychelles, under the multiple-accreditation scheme.

 Mr Talla succeeds Mr Kormawaas as Subregional Coordinator for Southern Africa(SFS) and FAO Representative in Zimbabwe.