Our second WE ARE PROUD… FEED Humanities event was unquestionably a special one; the Namibian Acting Ambassador to the United Nations, Dr. Jeobeam Shaanika, joined us for a performance of Jackie Sibblies Drury’s play amd graciously agreed to be interviewed about Namibia now, Namibia then and a host of other topics. This conversation was moderated by Raphael Martin, Literary & Humanities Manager, Soho Rep.
JEROBEAM SHAANIKA is the Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Namibia to the United Nations. He assumed duty as Deputy Permanent Representative on 25 October 2010. Prior to his current assignment at the Permanent Mission of Namibia to the UN, he served (2007-2010) as Deputy Director for Americas, Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Namibia. From 2003 to 2007 he served as Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Namibia in Cuba with concurrent accreditations to Venezuela and Dominican Republic. From 1999 to 2003 he served as Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Namibia in France with concurrent accreditations to Spain, Italy and Portugal. He also served as Deputy Permanent Delegate to UNESCO 1999 to 2003. From 1995 to 1999 he served as Counsellor at the High Commission of Namibia to the United Kingdom with concurrent accreditation to Ireland. Before joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he served as Special Assistant to the first President of the Republic of Namibia from 1990 to 1995. He holds a PhD in International Relations and Diplomacy Masters of Art in Diplomatic Studies, Diploma in Foreign Policy Analysis from the University of Westminster in the United Kingdom. He also holds a certificate in International Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to independence of Namibia, Jerobeam Shaanika went to school in the Federal Republic of Nigeria where he completed the West African School Leaving Certificate. Since 1998 till today, Jerobeam Shaanika has been a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).