Joyce Msuya becomes Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator – World
New York, February 10, 2022: Joyce Msuya, of the United Republic of Tanzania, joins today as Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator in the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Ms Msuya succeeds Ursula Mueller of Germany, who had held the position until February 2020. In the meantime, Ramesh Rajasingham had served as Acting Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.
Ms. Msuya brings over 20 years of experience in international development and finance, spanning strategy, operations and partnerships, and with various assignments in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Since 2018, Ms Msuya has served as Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) in Nairobi, Kenya. Between 2018 and 2019, she served as Acting Executive Director of UNEP at the Under-Secretary-General level, leading the fourth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly and mobilizing resources to support its mission.
Ms. Msuya has held several senior positions within the World Bank Group, including Special Representative and Head of Office of the World Bank Group in the Republic of Korea, Regional Coordinator at the World Bank Institute, based in China, and Special Advisor to the then Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank. She also led the International Finance Corporation’s strategy and operations in Africa and Latin America, covering the manufacturing, agribusiness and services sectors.
Ms. Msuya holds an MSc in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Ottawa, Canada, a BSc in Biochemistry and Immunology from the University of Strathclyde, Scotland, and management certifications and in public health from Harvard Business School and Johns Hopkins University. .
Ms. Msuya is fluent in English, Swahili and Pare, and speaks Mandarin. She is married and has two children.