A human rights lawyer with extensive experience in justice and governance in Africa, Siphosami Malunga took the helm of OSISA in August of 2013. Previously he worked with the United Nations Development Program as the senior governance advisor and regional program manager in the Regional Bureau for Africa. He managed UNDP’s democratic governance program for Africa providing policy analysis and intellectual leadership for 34 governance advisors in UNDP’s Africa offices in partnership with the African Union, regional bodies and governments.
Sipho began his career as an attorney with law firms in his native Zimbabwe and later moved to Botswana to do similar work. He joined the Department of Peacekeeping Operations in the UN’s Transitional Administration in East Timor in 2000 as advisor to the transitional minister of justice, and later as senior defence trial attorney with the UN Serious Crimes Panel. From 2003-2006 he worked with the UN in Afghanistan to rebuild the justice sector, before moving to UNDP’s Governance Centre in Oslo where he led UNDP’s effort to integrate conflict prevention in democratic governance policy and programming. In 2008 he moved to Johannesburg to work in UNDP’s East and Southern Africa office until 2011 when he took up his most recent position in New York.
Sipho earned his LLB at the University of Zimbabwe in 1994 and a Masters in International Law (Cum Laude) from the University of Oslo, Norway in 2007.