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"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude." - Maya Angelou


Dr. Roselyn Akombe is the Governance and Peacebuilding Regional Coordinator at UNDP's Regional Service Centre for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with additional offices in Dakar, Senegal and Nairobi, Kenya and serving  45 Country Offices. She previously served as the Chief of Policy at the Policy and Mediation Division, Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs at the United Nations in New York. In 2017, Dr. Akombe served as a Commissioner with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC). She also previously worked with the African Union as an Economist. Dr. Akombe is an advocate for the protection of human rights, social justice, environmental protection, and inclusion of youth and women in all political and socio-economic spheres of life.  Prior to her work with the African Union and the United Nations, she was active in the Kenyan student movement, civil society and the women’s movement.  She continued this work in the United States with WomenRising Inc. focusing on economic opportunities for Black women. Dr. Akombe supports several causes dedicated to social justice and the full involvement of youth and women in all aspects of life.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Nairobi and Masters and Doctorate degrees from Rutgers University. Born in Kenya in 1976, she is a mother of two.



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