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Thomas Yanga

Special Advisor, African Risk Capacity (ARC)

Thomas Yanga is a presently a Consultant/Special Advisor to the African Risk Capacity (ARC)’s Director General. He retired from the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in 2017 after over 20 years of service. He served as the Director of the WFP Liaison Office and the Representative to the African Union and ECA in Addis Ababa (2014-2016). Prior to that he served as the Director of the UN Interagency Partnership Division based in New York, USA (2013-2014). He was also the Regional Director for West Africa in Dakar, Senegal (2008-2013), an office overseeing WFP operations in 19 countries.

A native of Cameroon, Thomas joined WFP in 1996 and has worked in Mali, was Country Director in Burundi, Secretary to WFP's Executive Board and Chief Interagency Affairs in Rome and served as Deputy Regional Director for Southern and Eastern Africa in Johannesburg, South Africa. He was a civil servant in Cameroon for 17 years, notably in the Ministry of Agriculture and from 1985 to 1995 he was the Second Counselor at the Cameroon Embassy in Rome in charge of relations with WFP, FAO and IFAD.

Thomas is an Agriculture Engineer by training and holds a MSc. in the field of Social and Economic Statistics from George Washington University, Washington D.C., USA. He is married with three children.