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Amakobe Sande  
UNAIDS Country Director  
Tel: (8610) 8532 2226 ext. 95470
Fax: (8610) 8532 2228
Email: sandec@unaids.org



Amakobe Sande has had a rich international career, spanning a period of 25 years and working in progressively senior management positions for a number of renowned international organisations. Having worked at the grassroots managing integrated community development programmes in Kenya, she moved on to become Deputy Country Representative and Country Director for Oxfam (Great Britain) in post-genocide Rwanda and in Zambia respectively. She was later promoted, within the same organisation, to Regional Manager for Eastern Europe, the Middle East and the Commonwealth of Independent States (Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia), and then re-assigned back to the African region, where she served as Regional Manager for Oxfam in Southern Africa. Amakobe Sande then moved on to become Regional Director for Actionaid International’s Southern Africa Partnership Programme, where she served concurrently as thematic Head for HIV and AIDS for all of Africa. Following a career in senior management for international NGOs, she joined the United Nations system as UNAIDS Country Coordinator for Lesotho. From Lesotho, she was reassigned to work in the Regional Office for Eastern and Southern Africa, firstly as Team Leader-Country Support and then as Senior Gender Equality Adviser (also handling UNAIDS’ Human Rights work in the region). She returned to country management work and was Country Director for Malawi and Uganda before being appointed Country Director & Representative to the People’s Republic of China. Amakobe Sande holds a BA (Summa cum laude) in International Relations and an MA in Development Studies. She has served on a number of International Boards including the Global Campaign for Microbicides as well as the Africa Public Health Rights Alliance. Amakobe has good working knowledge of French and she had a short stint as a broadcast journalist.

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