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President of the 38th session of the General Conference

Stanley Mutumba Simataa - President of the 38th session of the General Conference. (c) UNESCO / P. Chiang-Joo

Mr Stanley Mutumba Simataa, Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Technology of the Republic of Namibia, has been unanimously elected President of the 38th session of the General Conference of UNESCO.

As Deputy Minister, he is the originator of several progressive initiatives moving the nation a step closer to promoting knowledge for development and meeting the tenets of access of information for all.

Mr Simataa also served as Executive Director of the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) from 2007 to 2010. He once served as Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, and Director in the Speaker's Office of the National Assembly.

In addition Mr Simataa worked for numerous commissions, notably he was Chairman for both the Namibia National Forum on Education for All and the Namibia Sports Commission, as well as, Member of the Multi-Disciplinary Research Centre of the University of Namibia and Deputy Chairman of the Namibia Library and Information Council.

Mr Simataa carried out his undergraduate degrees in Australia and South Africa, and completed two Masters from Universities in the Republic of Tanzania and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. He is fluent in English, Afrikaans and Silozi.

Mr Simataa brings to UNESCO over 30 years of professional, managerial and governance experience. His academic background and professional experience are in line with UNESCO’s field of competences.

As the representative of Namibia at the Executive Board of UNESCO for four years, Mr Simataa is conversant with the mandates and functioning of the UNESCO Governing Bodies and their responsibilities and has in-depth knowledge of the UNESCO strategic priorities and programmes.

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