Dr Chimimba David Phiri

FAO Subregional Coordinator for Eastern Africa

Dr Chimimba David Phiri is FAO Subregional Coordinator for Eastern Africa and FAO Representative to the African Union and to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. He assumed this position on 1 May 2018.

He holds a Bachelor of Science (Agriculture) degree from the University of Malawi (1981); a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Wales (1984); and a PhD in Agricultural Economics and Development Economics from the University of Cambridge (1987).

Dr Phiri started his career in 1981 as Projects Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture in Malawi. He then joined the University of Malawi, where he was Lecturer in Agricultural Economics until 1987.

He joined FAO at its headquarters in Rome in 1991 as Policy Economist in the Economic and Social Development Department. From 1998 to 2008, he served in the Cabinet of the FAO Director-General, where, as senior aide to the Director-General, he was involved in the policy direction and overall management of the Organization.

In September 2008, Dr Phiri was appointed Chief of the Policy Assistance Support Service in the Technical Cooperation Department. In this position, as well as overall responsibility for FAO policy assistance worldwide, Dr Phiri was the focal point for FAO’s support to the African Union and its NEPAD programme, and he chaired the Organization-wide Task Team for such cooperation.

Between April 2013 and April 2018, he served as FAO Subregional Coordinator for Southern Africa, which supports 16 countries predominantly in Southern Africa.