DESA News Vol. 12, No. 02 February 2008

Comings and goings


Ms. Najet Karaborni Ms. Najet Karaborni is set to retire at the end of February following a distinguished fifteen years with the United Nations. A senior adviser to national governments on the complexities and challenges of public administration, Ms. Karaborni has guided DESA technical cooperation projects in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East in such diverse areas as governance, civil service reform, ethics, gender mainstreaming, NGO capacity-building, and human resources development.

Ms. Karaborni began her career as a development practitioner in 1972 in the Tunisian Ministry of Public Works and Habitat, working her way up to the position of Commissioner General for Land Management and Regional Development. She first joined the United Nations in 1991 heading a team in Senegal to develop a national land use plan for poverty alleviation and sustainable development. Her success in that project led her to the Division for Public Administration and Development Management in New York in 1993.

Ms. Karaborni holds a Ph.D. level degree from the National School of Administration (ENA) in Tunis, and is the author of numerous toolkits, guidelines and other training materials.

The following staff members retired in January:

Mr. Girma Mulugetta, Associate Social Affairs Officer, Division for Social Policy and Development

Mr. Viet Vu, Chief of National Accounts Section, Statistics Division