Secretary-General appoints Zahira Virani of Canada UN Resident Coordinator in Angola
21 September 2020
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Zahira Virani of Canada as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Angola, with the host Government’s approval.
Ms. Virani brings more than 20 years of experience working with humanitarian and development organizations to the position, including at the leadership level. At the United Nations, she most recently served as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Sao Tome and Principe after occupying key positions with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). She was UNDP Deputy Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Deputy Country Director in Tajikistan, Programme Specialist in Panama, Head of External Relations in Afghanistan and Recovery Advisor in Geneva.
Prior to joining the United Nations, Ms. Virani worked in the non-governmental organization sector.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Whittier College in the USA and a Master of Science from the London School of Economics in the UK.