Head of Field Office, World Food Programme (WFP), Yambio, South Sudan
Russom Habtegabriel is an international development professional with more than 21 years of experience in complex emergency, conflict, post-conflict, transition, and development settings, including in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, and Uganda. Mr. Habtegabriel has worked in South Sudan off and on since the country’s founding in 2011 and in Sudan since 1998. In his current role as Head of Field Office for the WFP, he provides leadership in establishing the area’s resilience platform, serves as a member of the Partnership for Recovery and Resilience’s Area Reference Group, and manages relationships with 15 partner UN agencies, NGOs, cooperatives, and government institutions. Mr. Habtegabriel previously supported food security and livelihoods programs in Abyei, the Greater Upper Nile Region, and Juba, among other assignments. He holds a Master of Arts in International Development Administration from St. Andrews University in the U.S., as well as a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from the University of Eastern Africa in Kenya.