Dr Maxime Houinato is currently the Country Representative of UN Women in Uganda since 2018, where he supports the government and other stakeholders to address the root causes of gender inequality and discrimination. He is a Sociologist, with over 20 years of experience in international development, mainly across Africa and a special interest in Governance, Gender Equality and Climate Change Adaptation.
Before coming to Uganda, Maxime Houinato was with UN Women since 2008, successively as Deputy Regional Director for West and Central Africa, based in Dakar, Senegal, and as Country Representative in the Republic of Mali. In UN Women, he has supported the design and/or implementation of legislation, public policies, and large-scale programs to promote women’s leadership and political empowerment, the involvement of women in business and critical value-chains (including the extractives and financial services), as well as ending violence against women and girls. He has mobilized and invested more than $100 million to transform the lives of women and girls in 10 countries.
Before joining the UN, Maxime was West Africa Deputy Regional Director, and Southern Africa Regional Director for Oxfam UK. He also held other management positions in international development, including with Catholic Relief Services, Africare, and Academy for Educational Development – in Benin, Ghana, Senegal, Niger, the UK and Thailand.
Maxime holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Abomey-Calavi University in Benin, and Masters of Art (MA) in International Development from Brandeis University in the US and a Doctorate (PhD) in Applied Sociology from Cheikh Anta Diop University in Senegal.