Aisa Kirabo Kacyira of Rwanda has been named deputy executive director and assistant secretary-general for UN Habitat, which is based in Nairobi, Kenya. She succeeds Inga Björk-Klevby, a Swede who was appointed by Kofi Annan, secretary-general at the time.
Kirabo, appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, is the governor of Eastern Province, the largest province in Rwanda, with a population of 2.5 million. Previously, she was mayor of Kigali City, one of the fastest-growing cities in the world. Kigali won the UN Habitat Scroll of Honor Award in 2008 for its cleanliness, green qualities, safety and housing initiatives under Kirabo’s leadership.
Kirabo was also a member of Parliament specializing in land use and management, settlement and environment.
In her new role, she is deputy to Dr. Joan Clos, a Spaniard and UN Habitat’s executive director.