|Profile: Who is Anne Namakau Mutelo?|
by Staff Reporter
WINDHOEK - Anne Namakau Mutelo (52) Ambassador-designate to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa was born in the north-eastern Caprivi Region.She has served as a career diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the past 21 years. She completed both her primary and secondary education in neighbouring Zambia, completing high school in 1977 at Kalonga Secondary School in Kabwe. Mutelo holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Fort Hare in South Africa, the alma mater of many prominent African leaders such as Nelson Mandela.
She also holds a post-graduate diploma in Contemporary Diplomacy from the University of Malta and DiploFoundation, as well as a certificate in Multilateral Diplomacy from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva.
Mrs Mutelo served a short stint at the Namibia High Commission in London from August to November 1991, as Second Secretary, at the Namibia High Commission in Botswana from 1995-1999, as Deputy High Commissioner in South Africa from 1999-2000, as First Secretary, Namibia Embassy in Ethiopia and Permanent Mission to the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa from 2005-2007, as well as First Secretary in the Permanent Mission of Namibia to the United Nations in New York from 2010-2012.
She was the Desk Officer for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Namibia from 1991-1995. She attended several SADC Summits over the same period. She also served as the Desk Officer for Social and Humanitarian Affairs in the United Nations Division of the Department of Multilateral Affairs from 2001-2004 and also served briefly as Commonwealth Desk Officer from 2003-2004.
While serving in the United Nations Division, Mrs Mutelo represented the Namibian Government as a delegate to the Third Committee Sessions of the United Nations General Assembly in 1992, 2001 and 2004. She served on the SADC/EU Joint Steering Committee of the Berlin Initiative of SADC-EU Cooperation and formed part of the Namibian Government’s delegations to the SADC/EU Ministerial Conferences in Madrid, Spain, (1995) and Vienna, Austria (1998).
Mutelo was the Deputy Director responsible for Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa in the Department of Bilateral Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2007 to 2009 and was responsible for the promotion and strengthening of bilateral relations between Namibia and the Sub-Saharan Africa and European countries under her responsibility.
In her acceptance statement, Mutelo pledged to take up her assignment with honour, dignity, commitment, loyalty, dedication and hard work and to represent the Namibian government and its people to the best of her ability.
“Where there is a will there is a way and with God on my side and the full support of my headquarters, nothing is impossible”, she said. She says her appointment in that position is a clear indication of the commitment that President Hifikepunye Pohamba has demonstrated towards the advancement and empowerment of women.
Mutelo is married to Rector Mutelo the executive: marketing and communication at Nedbank Namibia and the couple are happily married with three children. – Nampa