Metsi Makhetha has been UNDP Country Director in Guinea since April 2012. She has more than 14 years of experience in formulating, managing and implementing large-scale programmes, including leading multidisciplinary teams.
Prior to being assigned to UNDP Guinea, she worked for the Regional Bureau for Africa, first, based in New York (2003-2008) as Regional Programme Adviser and then in Senegal (2008-2012), in the Regional Centre, as Regional Adviser and Senior Coordinator.
In her nine years of service in regional programmes, Ms. Makhetha, provided leadership to UNDP Africa’s engagement with development partners and Regional Economic Commissions, specifically, members of the Economic Commission for West African States (ECOWAS) and the East African Community (EAC) , which led to the recognition of the role of energy in development and in accelerating the MDGs. Ms. Makhetha’s leadership and advocacy efforts on energy access were particularly instrumental in the formulation of the first ever ECOWAS regional energy access strategy, the establishment of the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency and the effective participation of African countries in the global campaign on Sustainable Energy for All. She also led the design of a region wide scaled-up program of Multifunctional platforms, as village level women managed energy enterprises – currently being tested and adapted for transitioning to bio-fuel and hydro-power.
Ms. Makhetha started in the UN system in 1995, as a Senior Technical Adviser for UN Habitat where she was responsible for policy and programme development for the creation of sustainable human settlements (from land titling, planning, and financing, to the provision of energy, water and sanitation services). She joined UNDP in 1997, in South Africa, as a National Programme Manager and later became the Assistant Resident Representative there. Before joining the UN system, Ms. Makhetha worked in the private sector, as a business development officer in the Water and Energy Division of Bouygues/SAUR, responsible for developing public-private partnerships for the management of energy, water and sanitation and waste management services.
Ms. Makhetha is a South African national and holds a Master of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Kansas, USA, a Master’s Degree in Biochemistry from the University of Franche-Comté, France, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Policy Development, Administration and Public Service Management, from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.