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Ambassador Ombeni Sefue

Ambassador Ombeni Sefue, a Partnership board member since 2010, is the Ambassador of Tanzania to the United Nations. He served as Tanzania's Ambassador to the U.S. from 2007 to 2010. Prior to becoming Ambassador, he served as his country's High Commissioner (Ambassador) to Canada from October 2005 to June 2007. A career diplomat, Ambassador Sefue left the Foreign Service in 1993 to work for over two years as Speechwriter and Personal Assistant to the then President of Tanzania, His Excellency Ali Hassan Mwinyi. Following General Elections in 1995, the new President, His Excellency Benjamin William Mkapa, retained Ambassador Sefue as his Speechwriter and Personal Assistant with added responsibilities until 2005 when the President’s term came to an end.
In the close to 13 years that he worked for two presidents, Ambassador Sefue was involved in the work of the United Nations, the Organization of African Unity and later African Union, the Commonwealth, the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and the East African Community (EAC). He worked with President Mkapa on the peace process in the Great Lakes Region, the World Economic Forum in Davos and in Cape Town, the Sino-African Forum, as well as the TICAD process.
Born on August 26, 1954, in Same District, Tanzania, Ambassador Sefue studied Public Policy and Administration at what is today Mzumbe University, and later earned an M.A. (with distinction) in the same field at the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) at The Hague, The Netherlands, in 1981. He also holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in International Relations and Diplomacy from the Tanzania-Mozambique Center for Foreign Relations in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He has certificates in International Negotiations, and in Economic and Social Problems of Developing Countries. He and his wife, Anita, have two children.