Naison Mutizwa-Mangiza is the Former Director of UN-Habitat’s Regional Office for Africa.
He joined UN-Habitat in May 1991 as a Human Settlements Officer. He served in the Office of the Executive Director of UN-Habitat as Director and Principal Adviser, Policy and Strategic Planning from August 2010 to February 2017. Prior to that, he served as Chief of the Policy Analysis Branch and Editor of UN-Habitat’s Global Report on Human Settlements from April 2003 to July 2010. Naison also served as UN-Habitat’s Acting Chief of Staff from March 2012 to early 2013. Before joining UN-Habitat, he was Professor and founding Chairman of the Department of Rural and Urban Planning at the University of Zimbabwe. He has published widely on urban and human settlements development issues. A Zimbabwean national, Naison read Geography and Land Economy at the University of Cambridge, UK. He holds BA Honours and MA degrees in Geography, as well as an MPhil and a PhD in Land Economy. He is an Honorary Life Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, UK.