Adviser, Third Committee
Ms. Santa Mary Laker Kinyera is a senior Ugandan career diplomat who joined the Ugandan Foreign Service in 1994. She has worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ugandan missions abroad in various capacities. Between 1995 and 1999, she worked in the Africa and Middle East Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she specialized in handling bilateral and regional integration matters. She was also a core member of the Ugandan delegations during the negotiations preceding the establishment of the East African Community Treaty. In 1998, she was the Special Assistant to the Minister of State for Regional Cooperation. In 2000, she was a member of the inter-ministerial Team set up for the return of Ugandan children abducted to Sudan by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). From 2002 to 2007, Ms. Kinyera served as Second Secretary and later as First Secretary at Uganda’s mission in Copenhagen, Denmark. Between 2007 and 2009, she headed the IGAD and Horn of Africa Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, during which period she was also Uganda’s Focal Point for IGAD matters. She also participated in various peace initiatives under the auspices of the AU and IGAD for resolution of the conflicts in Sudan and Somalia. In 2009 Ms. Kinyera was seconded to the State House of Uganda, where she served as Private Secretary to His Excellency the President of Uganda, in charge of diplomatic affairs and also as Head of the Diplomatic Affairs Department in the State House. She held these responsibilities until 2011, when she was given the mandate to go and open Uganda’s Embassy in Ankara, Turkey. She served as Counsellor and the first Charge d’Affaires a.i of Uganda’s Embassy in Ankara.
During her career, Ms. Kinyera has also represented Uganda at different multilateral and regional fora including the East Africa Community (EAC), Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), African Union (AU) and Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD).
She holds a BA Honours degree (Makerere University), Masters of Social Science in Development and International Relations (Aalborg University) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Public Administration and Management (Uganda Management Institute). Ms. Kinyera is a national of Uganda.