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ABUJA, Nigeria— Ms Ulla Elisabeth Mueller is the new Resident Representative of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Nigeria, Ms Mueller a Danish citizen holds E. Ma. Human Rights and Democracy in 2005 from the European Inter University Centre. Lund University, the Raoul Wallenberg Institute; M.Sc. Economics and Business Administration, specialisation: Strategy, Organisation and Management in 1996 from Copenhagen Business School. She also bagged B.Sc. Economics and Business Administration in 1992 from the Copenhagen Business School. 

As a lifelong advocate for the rights of women and girls, Ms. Müller is a thought leader in human rights, poverty alleviation, and women’s sexual and reproductive health. She has a demonstrated track record of achieving mission-driven successes and evolving in the ever-changing international non-profit environment. Ms. Muller has held senior-level positions at bilateral, multilateral, and civil society organizations, founded her own business, and most recently led the Southern Africa region for Marie Stopes International (MSI). In her various roles, she implemented strategies to create support for and deliver increased access to sexual and reproductive health services, instituted innovative funding and collaboration models with diverse donors and partners, reinvigorated country collaboration and regional learning, and transformed organizational structures to increase impact.

Women are more than mothers. This is not about motherhood, but personhood and human rights. Ms. Ulla Mueller

She began her working experience as Education and Labour Market Official, HK/in Denmark from 1996 to 2000 with the Federation of Commercial and Clerical Trade Unions - Denmark. Among other responsibilities held, she led negotiations with the labour market stakeholders and government, International Development adviser with capacity building programmes in Tanzania, Mozambique, Kenya and in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa.

Ms Mueller is bringing her wealth of experience as an Associate Partner, Nordic Consulting Group, where she worked from March 2018 to October 2018 as Senior consultant in Health, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Gender-Based Violence, Equality, Women’s rights and the SDGs. She also served as the President & CEO, Engender Health between March 2016 and February 2018, where recorded landmark feats.

Prior to the above, Ms Mueller was a Senior Regional Director, Africa and Latin America between September 2010 and September 2011; Regional Representative, DR Congo, Dan Church Aid from January 2009 to April 2010; Country Director, Children in Crossfire (CiC) 2008; CEO, JUA Group Ltd. (Corporate) between 2005 and 2007; and Senior Adviser, East & Southern Africa, Fagligt International Center from 2003 to 2005. She had also served as a Senior Adviser, DANIDA between 2000 and 2003. 

She was accredited by the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs today, 20th of February 2020 at the Ministry in Abuja.