United Nations, New York
United States, Washington D.C
Ombeni Yohana Sefue (born 26 August 1954) is a former Tanzanian diplomat. He was appointed as the Chief Secretary to the President of Tanzania on 31 December 2011. Previously he was the Permanent Representative of Tanzania to the United Nations.
Ambassador Ombeni Yohana SEFUE formally began his tour of duty as Permanent Representative of the United Republic of Tanzania to the United Nations in New York on 31st August, 2010. Before that he was Tanzania's Ambassador to the United States of America in Washington D.C. from 15th June, 2007 to 14th August, 2010. Previously, Ambassador Sefue served as his country's High Commissioner (Ambassador) to Canada from October 2005 to June 2007.
A career diplomat, Ambassador Sefue also served as Counselor in the Embassy of Tanzania in Stockholm, Sweden, between 1987 and 1992.
Between 1993 and 2005, he worked as Speechwriter and Personal Assistant to two Presidents of Tanzania- President Ali Hassan Mwinyi (1993-1995) and President Benjamin William Mkapa (1995 - 2005).
Among other things, Ambassador Sefue assisted President Mkapa when he served on the Commission for Africa (The Blair Commission) that produced its report, Our Common Interest: Report of the Commission for Africa in March 2005, and participated with him at the G8 Summit session that discussed the report at Gleneagles in early July 2005.
He also worked with President Mkapa when the president served as Co-Chair of the ILO World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization between 2002 and 2004, participating in the preparation of the Commission's report, A Fair Globalization: Creating Opportunities For All, issued in February 2004.
Ambassador Sefue completed his undergraduate studies in Public Administration in 1977 at what is today Mzumbe University in Morogoro Tanzania. He earned an M.A. in Public Policy and Administration from the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, The Netherlands, (1981). He holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in International Relations and Diplomacy from the Tanzania-Mozambique Center for Foreign Relations in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (1986).
Ambassador Sefue is married to Mrs. Anita M. Sefue and they have two children.