Governance & Leadership


Rubina Marivonne Haroon

Head of Resource Mobilization

Rubina Marivonne Haroon, Seychelles national, is the Head of Resource Mobilization later this month. Previously she held various senior executive positions in the public sector. Most recently she was Head of the Partnership Development Office (PDO) with the United Nations Office for Project Services, Kenya Operational Hub (UNOPS-KEOH), a United Nations agency based in Nairobi, Kenya. Prior to that Rubina worked for the Aga Khan University East Africa (AKU-EA) as Director of Resource Development; World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) as Regional Director for Africa and Regional Representative, and Senior Partnerships & Policy Advisor for Africa for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Rubina brings 25 years of multi-sector work experience, the majority of which has been in development assistance in Africa and the necessary balance of an understanding of field conditions and the inter-governmental and program management needs of United Nations, European Commission, and major international organization systems. Rubina has considerable and successful experience managing large-scale and more focused programming from funding, monitoring, and evaluation of USD+100 million in food and non-food aid programs to managing partnership development and resource mobilization portfolios in Africa.

Rubina has managed complex outreach programmes addressing donor and UN coordination, resource mobilization, MDG mainstreaming, monitoring and evaluation, and external relations in both humanitarian and development environments. As the UN focal point for the Kenya donor harmonization, alignment, and coordination (HAC) group, Rubina’s responsibilities required the development of international aid-government coordination policy through and aligned with UN Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAF) and associated resource mobilization.

Blog Posts

Seeds, Not Diamonds, Will Make Africa Great

As I settle back in my homeland Nigeria since retiring as the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) in March this year, I am reminded of a local saying that when you go to the stream to fetch water, your bucket will only be filled with the water that is yours. No one can

Major Deals to Accelerate Africa’s Path to Prosperity through Agriculture Agreed at World’s Foremost Gathering of African Agriculture Leaders

Close to US$6.5 billion worth of investments in palm oil, pulses, potato and rice, mainly in West Africa, over the next eight years, were made and the new US$280 million Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa (PIATA) launched Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, Friday 8 September 2017 – Africa’s economic growth prospects received a major boost this

Opinion: Agricultural extension as a crucial support to development

The Sustainable Development Goals position agriculture at the forefront of addressing rural poverty, hunger and livelihoods. Evidence suggests that gains in agriculture have a significantly greater return on investment when targeting poverty and hunger, often up to five times more than investment in other sectors. As a result, donors, such as the World Bank, the European Commission, the United States


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Rubina Marivonne Haroon

Head of Resource Mobilization