Head of Mission

H.E. Nozipho Joyce Mxakato-Diseko
Permanent Representative of South Africa
to the United Nations Office and
other International Organisations at Geneva


Previous Positions

  •  Deputy Director General: Global Governance and Continental  Agenda (Department of International Relations and Cooperation) 2012 – 2016
  • Chair of the G77+ China and South Africa’s lead negotiator in the UNFCCC negotiations out of which came the Historic Paris Agreement 2015 – To Date
  • Member of the Advisory Group of the Central Emergency Response Fund of the United Nations 2015 – To Date
  • Sherpa for the G-20 2013 – To Date
  • Sherpa for the Post 2015 Development Agenda 2014- 2015
  • Sherpa for the Nuclear Security Summit  2012 – To Date
  • Ambassador at Large for Climate Change 2011- To Date
  • Deputy Director: Americas and Caribbean (Department of International Relations and Cooperation) 2009 – 2012
  • National Commissioner to the Public Service Commission by the President 2004 -2009
  • Chief Commissioner – International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) Former Board on Trade and Tariffs (BTT) 2000 -2003
  • Vice Chairperson of the Board of the National Nuclear Regulatory Authority, by Cabinet 2000-2003
  • South African Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Vienna 1996-2000
  • South African Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) 1996-2000
  • Alternative South African Governor to the Governing Board of the IAEA 1996-2000
  • South African Ambassador/Permanent Representative to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTC) 1997-2000
  • Vice-President of the Prep Com for the Special Session of the UN General Assembly on Drugs 1997 -1998
  • Member of the UN High Level Expert Group established by the UN Secretary-General, Mr Kofi Annan, to evaluate the impact of the reform process on UN efforts to combat drugs and recommend improvements 1997 -1998
  • South African Ambassador to the Republic of Austria 1996 -2000
  • South African Ambassador to Croatia, Slovenia and 1996 -2000
  • South African Ambassador to Slovakia 1999 -2000
  • Chairperson of the Africa Group- UN 1996/06/01-1996/12/01
  • Chairperson of the Group of 77 and China, UN 1997 -1998
  • Established the office of the Group of 77 and China in Vienna, fully staffed, equipped and financed 1998/01-1998/12
  • Chief Director for Policy Planning – Department of Foreign Affairs 1994-1996
  • Head of the African National Congress Mission in Sweden 1994/01/01 –1994/05/30
  • 1994: Pre-election: Worked with President Mbeki who was then National Chairman of the ANC on the following:
    • Preparations for Governance
    • Qualification of the RDP
    • Election Campaign
    • Coordinating the NC’s role in the Transition Executive Authority
    • The inauguration of President Mandela
  • Chairperson of the ANC for the UK and Ireland1989 -1991
  • Director of the Oxford Development Education Centre (ODEC), Oxford, UK 1986-1987
  • Executive Committee Member and Organiser- South African Congress of Trade Unions (SACTU) 1980-1988
  • Chief Editor of Hlanganani Basebenzi SACTU Publication 1986/01/01- 1986/12/30
  • English Tutor – Turret College, South African Council for Higher Education, Johannesburg 1976-1978
  • Mathematics and English Teacher, Phefeni Secondary School, Orlando West, Johannesburg 1975- 1977


  • Oxford University Graduate
  • Somerville College
  • Oxford University


Born on  01 November 1956