H.E. Mr Yackoley Kokou Johnson

Interim Chair of the EIF Board

The Permanent Representative of Togo to the United Nations Office and other international Organizations in Geneva, interim Chair of the EIF Board.

Prior to his appointment to Geneva in 2016, Mr Johnson had been serving as Ambassador of Togo to Great Britain since 2014. In 2012 and 2013, he was Minister Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of the Togolese Republic to the UN in New York, as Expert in charge of West African issues and Cross-border crime in Africa. He was Secretary General of the Ministry of Social Action and National Solidarity from 2008 to 2011, and concurrently was President of the National Committee for the Adoption of Children.

Ambassador Johnson has assumed the function of the vice President-Rapporteur of Human Rights Council (Bureau 2020). He is also since 2019 the Chair of the Dispute Settlement Body in the special session (DSB-SS).

He started his career from 1999 to 2011 as a lecturer, including at the University of Law and Political Science of Kara and the Faculty of Law at the University of Lomé, in Togo.

Mr Johnson has a PhD in public law from the University of Auvergne-Clement 1 - France (1998) and a Master in International Relations from the University of Lomé (1989) and many certificates including in the field of social protection policies issued by the World Bank and the ILO.