31 August 2010
Press Release

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Biographical Note

New Permanent Representative of Namibia Presents Credentials


(Based on information provided by the Protocol and Liaison Service.)

The new Permanent Representative of Namibia to the United Nations, Wilfried Inotira Emvula, presented his credentials today to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Prior to assuming his current position, in 2006 Mr. Emvula was appointed Namibia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, the African Union, and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), and served other countries in that region.

In 1999, he was appointed Ambassador to France, Italy, Portugal and Spain.  While serving in that capacity, in 2006, he was appointed to the Committee for the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), after serving as Chairperson of UNESCO’s African Group.

In 1992, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry.  Prior to that, in 1991, he was elected Regional Counsellor for Walvis Bay Constituency and a member of the First National Council, after working as a paralegal and Director of the Walvis Bay Advice Office, a legal assistance centre. 

From 1985 to 1988, he was Headmaster at Duinesig Primary School, and from 1977 to 1984, he was a teacher at Kuisebmund Secondary School, both in Walvis Bay.

A long-standing member of the South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) party, which he first joined in 1975, Mr. Emvula has served on its Central Committee and as Executive Secretary of its Erongo Regional Executive Committee.

Mr. Emvula received a Masters Degree in diplomatic studies from the University of Westminster in London in 2004. 

Born in Oniimwandi, Namibia, in 1952, he is married with three children.

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