Raouf Mazou

Raouf Mazou became the Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Kenya in 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. Mazou has also 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. Mazou has worked for UNHCR for over 26 years and in many capacities, starting in the Great Lakes Region and subsequently in West Africa, in the context of the Liberian and Sierra Leonean refugee crises. He has expertise in emergency response, repatriation, and the development of strategies aimed at bridging the gap between relief and development. He holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of Geneva and undertook postgraduate studies at the London School of Economics (University of London).