Delegation of the European Union to Kenya

About the EU Delegation to Kenya

12/05/2016 - 11:38
About us - structure and organisation

The Delegation has the status of a diplomatic mission (Embassy or High Commission) and officially represents the European Union in Kenya. We promote the European Union's (EU's) values and interests, monitor the political, economic and commercial situation in the country and the region, oversee the various forms of cooperation between the EU and Kenya, and provide information about the EU's relations with Kenya.

The EU's key values and interests can be summed up as: peace, people, prosperity, the planet, and partnership. Here in Kenya, the EU:

  • works together with Kenya, including through AMISOM, to promote peace in neighbouring Somalia;
  • supports democracy and devolution, helping to bring political power closer to ordinary people;
  • is Kenya's biggest export market and a major source of private investment, as well as providing financing for Kenya's infrastructure and rural development to spread greater prosperity in the country;
  • supports environmental conservation, which also has wider benefits for the planet;
  • works in partnership with Kenya both as a political partner (through regular political dialogue) and as a development partner (in coordination with other donors of assistance and the relevant Kenyan authorities).

The EU is made up of 28 Member States, has a population of around 506 million, and is the largest trading bloc in the world.

Nineteen of the EU Member States have diplomatic missions in Nairobi. The Member States' diplomats meet regularly with the EU Delegation's staff to confer on relations with Kenya, as well as holding joint meetings together with Kenyan decision-makers which constitute the Kenya-EU political dialogue. Several of the Member States have assistance programmes of their own to help support development in Kenya, in addition to the funding that they provide through the EU institutions.

The EU Delegation and EU Member States' diplomatic  missions also work together to promote cultural cooperation, including also with other European diplomatic missions in organising the European Film Festival which takes place every year in May.

Stefano A. Dejak was appointed as the Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Kenya in 2015. In presenting his credentials to Kenya's President, he pledged to strengthen the relations between Kenya and the European Union into a fuller partnership aimed at tackling strategic interests and challenges. He previously served in the Eastern African region as Italy's Ambassador to Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, and also as Ambassador to the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia (based in Nairobi). Having also previously worked as the Head of the Greater Horn of Africa Department for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he has accordingly developed a familiarity with the region. He holds degrees in History and Political Science, from the University of Ca' Foscari (Venice) and from LUISS University (Rome).

Bruno Pozzi was appointed as  the Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Kenya in 2015. Coming from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belgium, he joined the European External Action Service in 2011 and served as the Head of the Political Section of the European Union Delegation to Ivory Coast until 2015. He holds a degree in Political Sciences (Catholic University of Louvain) and a Master's Degree in European Politics (Free University of Brussels). He started his career at the Institute for International and Strategic Relations of the Free University of Brussels before joining the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in October 1999. As a Belgian national diplomat, he served in the Belgian Embassies to Japan, to China, and South Africa. He is an "Officier de l'Ordre de la Couronne" (Belgium, 2016) and an "Officier de l'Ordre du Mérite" (Côte d'Ivoire, 2015).

The EU Delegation to Kenya has about 80 staff, working in the following sections:

  • The offices of the Ambassador and Deputy Ambassador;
  • Administration;
  • Finance & Contracts;
  • Operations, including: Governance & Macroeconomics; Infrastructure, and Rural Development & Food Security;
  • Political, Press & Information.

Some of these (in the Adminstration and the Contracts & Finance sections) are shared with the EU Delegation to Somalia, about 20 of whose staff are currently based in Nairobi for security reasons. In addition, Nairobi-based EU staff with wider regional roles in eastern Africa include some 25 people in: the Foreign Policy Instrument section (supporting peace ad stability), ECHO (humanitarian assistance), the EU Special Representative's office, EUNAVFOR (naval forces), and the European Investment Bank.

Contact points in the EU Delegation to Kenya include:

  • Ambassador (Head of Delegation): Stefano-Antonio DEJAK
  • Deputy Ambassador: Bruno POZZI
  • EU Deputy Permanent Representative to UNEP/UN HABITAT: Sebastian GIL
  • Head of Political, Press & Information: Andy BARNARD
  • Head of Development Cooperation: Hubert PERR
  • Head of Governance & Macroeconomics: Vincent DE BOER
  • Head of Infrastructure: Walter TRETTON
  • Head of Rural Development & Food Security: Myra BERNARDI
  • Head of Contracts & Finance: Kris ENGELEN
  • Head of Administration: Bruno FIEVET
  • Commercial Counsellor: Alessandro TONOLI
  • Press and Information Officer: Beatrice HONGO
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