Joyce Msuya

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Joyce Msuya
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Joyce Msuya in 2019
Joyce Msuya

1968 (age 52–53)
Alma materUniversity of Strathclyde
(Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Immunology)
University of Ottawa
(Master of Science in Microbiology and Immunology)
OccupationMicrobiologist and Environmental Scientist
Years active1999 – present
TitleDeputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme

Joyce Msuya is a Tanzanian microbiologist and environmental scientist, who serves as the Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) at the level of Assistant Secretary-General. She was appointed to this position by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on 21 May 2018, for a 5-year term.[1][2] She replaced Ibrahim Thiaw of Mauritania, who had served out his term.[1]

Following the resignation of Erik Solheim in November 2018, Msuya was appointed acting Executive Director of UNEP.[3]

Background and education[edit]

She was born in Tanzania, circa 1968.[4] She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Immunology from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland, in 1992. She later graduated with a Master of Science degree in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, in 1996.


Before joining the World Bank Group, Msuya worked as an International Health Policy Analyst with the Liu Center for Global Studies (now Liu Institute for Global Issues) at the University of British Columbia in Canada. Previously, she worked in Tanzania on various assignments, both in the private and public sectors.[5]

She joined the World Bank in 1998 as a Health Specialist. She went on to build expertise in development economics as well as lending operations in the health sector during her tenure with the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development. In 2001, she joined the World Bank's Development Economics Vice Presidency as Advisor to the Senior Vice President & Chief Economist, Professor Lord Nicholas Stern.[5] From 2005 to 2011, she worked at the International Finance Corporation, in the Departments of Operational Strategy and Manufacturing, Agribusiness & Services, where she rose to the position of Principal Strategy Officer.[4]

In 2011, she was assigned to the Beijing office of the World Bank Institute as Regional Coordinator for East Asia & the Pacific, focusing on support to the Bank's operational work in its efforts to "fight poverty and promote shared prosperity". In April 2014, Joyce Msuya was selected by senior management to establish and manage the first World Bank Group office in the Republic of Korea, serving for three years as the World Bank Special Representative to the Republic of Korea and Head of the World Bank Group (WBG) Office based in Songdo, Incheon, South Korea.[4]

At the time of her appointment to her present assignment, she served as an advisor for the World Bank's Vice President for the East Asia and Pacific region, based in Washington, DC.[1][6]

Personal life[edit]

Msuya is married and has two children.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Kelley, Kevin (22 May 2018). "Tanzanian lands senior UNEP post". The EastAfrican. Nairobi. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  2. ^ Azania Post Reporter (22 May 2018). "Tanzanian economist appointed to head UNEP". Dar es Salaam: Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Note to Correspondents on the resignation of Erik Solheim". United Nations Secretary-General. 20 November 2018. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Yi Whan-woo (22 April 2014). "WB names chief for Korea office". The Korea Times. Seoul. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  5. ^ a b George Mason University Korea (2016). "George Mason University Korea: Joyce Msuya, Member of the President's Advisory Board". Seoul: Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  6. ^ Namkwahe, John (22 May 2018). "Tanzanian lands top UN job". The Citizen (Tanzania). Dar es Salaam. Retrieved 22 May 2018.

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