Stanlake Samkange

United Nations World Food Programme (WPF)

Director of the Policy and Programme Division


Stanlake Samkange serves as the Director of the Policy and Programme Division of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), a position he assumed on 1 February 2013. From April 2011 to January 2013, he served as Regional Director for East and Central Africa, WFP’s largest regional bureau accounting for over 36% of WFP’s total operations. From 2008 to 2011 he was the WFP Representative and Country Director in Uganda, managing an operation that included emergency, transition and development responses. From 2003-2007 he served in Rome as WFP Director for Policy, Strategy and Programme Support. Prior to that he served as Director of Research for the International Commission on Intervention and State Sovereignty (which coined the "Responsibility to Protect"), and was a Member (Rapporteur) of the Security Council's Panel of Experts set up to investigate the violation of sanctions against UNITA in Angola. Mr. Samkange served in the Office of the Secretary-General as a speechwriter from 1993-1996, and as a Political Officer in the Department of Political Affairs from 1996-1998. He practiced law in Washington DC with Covington & Burling, and was educated at Harvard University (A.B.), Oxford University, and Stanford University Law School (J.D.). He is a national of Zimbabwe