Théophane Nikyèma, from Burkina Faso is the former Executive Director of The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF), an independent pan-African centre for policy research and dialogue on the African child. He is currently contributing to the work of the International Bureau for Children Rights (IBCR) as its Vice-President and serves as a member of the Executive Committee of Child Rights Connect.
A passionate advocate for children rights and well-being, Théophane has more than 25 years of experience in international development. He served in leadership positions within the United Nations System in Africa and Asia. His previous appointments include UNICEF Representative ad interim in Mali, UNDP Resident Representative, UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Uganda, UNICEF Deputy Regional Director for West and Central Africa and UNICEF Representative in Rwanda and Regional Operations Officer for South Asia.
Théophane holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resources from the Institute of Policy Development and Management, the University of Manchester, UK; a Master of Business Administration from the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management, Claremont Graduate University, USA and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Cheikh Anta Diop University, Senegal.