CYCDI Appoints Dr. Rita Cooma to its Solution17 Advisory Board 

Creative Youth Community Development Initiative is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Rita Cooma to its Solution17 Advisory Board.


Rita Indira Cooma is an esteemed economic and international development specialist, who served on special advisories and economic and human security committees of three presidencies of the United Nation General Assembly from 2016 to 2019 (UNPGA #72, UNPGA # 73, and UNPGA #74) while working as a resident scholar at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Malawi to the United Nations and Permanent Mission of Botswana to the United Nations.


Ms. Cooma has over 17 years of economic and social development expertise on Africa international development, along with multilateral partners engagements in Europe, Asia, and Latin America and Caribbean. Furthermore, Ms. Cooma has served as chief adviser for ministers, ambassadors and at times heads of states for over 23 African countries on matters of education, food, nutrition, health, refugee & migrants, gender security and human security as well as participated in drafting 2 United Nations historical resolutions on refugee and migrants, international day of education and lobbying the United Nations General Assembly with the African Group to establish the “United Nations Sustainable Education Permanent Campaign “ with AUDA NEPAD- Africa Union for the achievement of Agenda 2063 and Africa Union’s Continental Education Strategy ( CESA) in the United Nations systems.


Ms. Cooma holds bachelor’s degree in Government, Politics, and International Affairs (St. John’s University), a Maters of Public and International Affairs degree in economic development & diplomacy (Univ of Pittsburgh), a Master of Business Administration in industrial engineering -project management (Jones International Univ.), and a doctorate degree in developmental finance (Walden University).


Rita I. Cooma is deeply passionate about making positive social impact on youths in the niche of education and human security, specifically, higher education for economic and social development, domestically and internationally.

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