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2016 Jakarta World Forum for Media Development
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Phil Matsheza

Governance and Peacebuilding (UNDP Bangkok Regional Hub)
Regional Cluster Leader
Phil Matsheza is the Regional Cluster leader for Governance and Peacebuilding in UNDP’s Bangkok Regional Hub in Thailand. Mr. Matsheza brings over 30 years of experience that includes diplomatic service, Civil Society, and the UN. He leads a team of advisors in providing advisory and programme support to countries in the Asia-Pacific region as well as an interdisciplinary task team at the regional Hub on Extractive Industries. He was formerly the Global Policy Advisor on Anti-Corruption responsible for the implementation of the UNDP Global Thematic Programme on Anti-Corruption for Development Effectiveness as well as the the leader for the International Principles cluster, in the Democratic Governance Group of the Bureau for Development Policy. Prior to joining UNDP, Mr. Matsheza worked for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) as an anti-corruption expert on the Global Programme against Corruption and provided technical assistance to Member States, field offices and other UN agencies. He was a diplomat in Ethiopia, Germany and Brussels between 1981 and 1989, and served as Deputy Director of Information and later as Under Secretary for Policy and Legislation in the Ministry of Home Affairs of Zimbabwe, a position he held until his retirement from the public sector in 1997. Between 1997 and 2005 he worked with civil society in Southern Africa promoting good governance, free and fair elections, and observance of human rights. During that period, he led human rights and anti-corruption initiatives including the development and adoption of the SADC Protocol against Corruption, human rights training courses and a number of advocacy programmes with civil society and the media. He has written eight publications on human rights and anti-corruption.