JAMES OHAYO (UN-HABITAT) - PRESIDENT
Mr. James Ohayo is serving his third two-year term as president of the UN Nairobi Staff Union. Prior to his election as president in November 2011, he was a Communications Officer in Urban Basic Services Branch of UN-Habitat.
A Kenyan national, James is a marketing and communications professional. He has held various senior management positions in the private sector including Advertising Manager for The Standard Newspaper, the second largest newspaper in Kenya by circulation, Marketing Manager for the Kenya Television Network, and Director of Corporate Communications for Kenya Airways.
James has been editor and publisher of SOKONI, the quarterly journal of the Marketing Society of Kenya and from 1998 and 2000,he was a weekly columnist for The East African the premier regional weekly newspaper under the title Marketing Matters. He also conceptualized and hosted Up Close and Candid, the first live call-in television talk show in East Africa.
James holds B.Com(Marketing) and M.A. in Communications Studies degrees from the University of Nairobi.
NEBIYU WORKINEH (UNON) - 1ST VICE-PRESIDENT
Mr. NebiyuWorkinehhas been Chief, Communications Section, ICTS,United Nations Office in Nairobi from 2007. Hejoined the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization at the Jerusalem Duty Station as a Telecommunications Field Engineer in 1989, covering peacekeeping operations in Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and Golan. Following this assignment, Nebiyuspent the next twenty years in various related assignments with field missions, among them the UN Observer Missions in Namibia and Angola; UN Missions in Somalia, Mozambique and Liberia; UN Interim Missions in Lebanon, India, Pakistan, and the UN Peace Keeping Force in Cyprus, the United Nations Disengagement force in Syria, and the United Nations Logistics Base in Brindisi.
From 1999-2003, Nebiyu served as Chief , Information and Communications Technology Section, United Nations Iraq-Kuwait Observer Missionbefore taking up a similar position with The United Nations Observer Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara in 2003-2004. From 2005-2006, he was CITS desk Officer for Peace Keeping Missions in the Middle East and Africa at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. In addition to his distinguished professional career in the United Nations System, Mr. Workineh had served as President of the Field Service Staff Union in Angola. His extensive managerial experience and active participation in promoting staff welfare in the field is undoubtedly a major asset to the Un Nairobi Staff Union.
PHILLIP MIGIRE (UNON) - HONORARY SECRETARY.
Philip joined the United Nations Office at Nairobi in May 1999 and has held various positions within the Finance department of UNON..
One of the longest serving members of the UN Nairobi Staff Union, Phillip has extensive experience in staff representation having served in various staff council executive committees and participated actively in the formation of the UN Nairobi Staff Union in 2000. He has served the council as Treasurer, as 2nd Vice President, and as 1st Vice President. He has also served as the chairperson of the Staff Transport Committee, the UN Staff Benevolent Fund Committee, and the Ad Hoc Committee to review the statutes of the UN Nairobi Staff Union. Philip has also represented the UN Nairobi Staff Union in an observer capacity at meetings of the UN Common Services Management Team in Nairobi.