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Raouf Mazou

Raouf Mazou, UNHCR Representative, Kenya

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Mr. Raouf Mazou is serving as the Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Kenya since September 2013. For the four years prior to this, he was a Deputy Director in the Africa Bureau, covering the East and Horn of Africa Region. Mr. Mazou has previously occupied various senior positions, and has served as Deputy Director of the Division of Operations Support and as Head of the Emergency and Security Service, a position in which he oversaw UNHCR’s global emergency management and staff security interests.  

Having served UNHCR for over 25 years, Mr. Mazou has worked in the field in many capacities, starting in the early nineties in the Great Lakes Region and subsequently in West Africa, in the context of the Liberian and Sierra Leonean refugee crises. 

He has garnered expertise in various areas of UNHCR’s activities, particularly in emergency response, repatriation and the development of strategies aimed at bridging the gap between relief and development, such as the new approach to refugee programming in Kalobeyei, Turkana County, initiated in late 2014. The approach, which brings together development and humanitarian actors, aims at supporting economic integration to promote self-reliance of both refugees and host communities by providing them with better livelihoods opportunities and enhanced service delivery.