H.E. Ms. Mathu Joyini
Ambassador and Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, Co-Chair of the 2023 STI Forum
H.E. Ms. Mathu Joyini, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations, Co-Chair of the 2023 STI Forum
Mathu Joyini is the Permanent Representative of South Africa to the United Nations in New York. Before that, she was the Deputy Director-General at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, heading the Diplomatic Academy and the Mediation Support Unit.
Prior to joining Government in 2001 January, she held various positions in the private sector in different industries, including Mining, Finance, Petroleum and Consulting, since 1991.
In the private sector, she occupied the following managerial and executive positions:
• Organisational Development Manager: Southern Life
• Consultant: Deloitte and Touche
• General Manager: Exel Petroleum
• Partner: Sediba Consulting.
In Government, she occupied the following managerial and executive positions in the Department of International Relations and Cooperation:
• Chief Director Human Resources.
• Deputy Director-General Human Resources.
• High Commissioner and Ambassador to 6 countries in the Caribbean.
• Permanent Representative of South Africa to the International Seabed Authority.
• Deputy Director General Diplomatic Training and Mediation Support.
Mathu holds the following degrees:
BA in Social Work from the University of the Witwatersrand
MA Degree in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania, USA
Masters in Business Administration from Wits Business School.
Certificate in Integral Coaching from the University of Cape Town
Certificate in Mediation from Swiss Peace
She is currently the Chair for the Commission on the Status of Women for 2021 to 2023
She co-facilitated the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action 20th Anniversary Political Declaration and its Resolution on Modalities in 2021.
Topics of Interests: Women Peace and Security; Cyber Diplomacy; Leadership Development and coaching for development.
She is a member of the Gertrude Shope Peace and Mediation Network and the African Union Women Mediators Network, FemWise Africa.