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Mr. Rafael Tuts


Director, Programme Division



About my work

Raf Tuts is Director of the Programme Division at UN-Habitat, based at its Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. He is overseeing the work of UN-Habitat’s seven thematic branches and four regional offices. Earlier assignments with UN-Habitat included coordinator of the Urban Planning and Design Branch, focusing on promoting compact, integrated and connected cities that are inclusive and resilient to climate change. He was also Acting Coordinator of the Housing and Slum Upgrading Branch, Coordinator of the Cities and Climate Change Initiative and Chief of Training and Capacity Building Branch. He started his work at UN-Habitat as Manager of the Localising Agenda 21 Programme, working on strategic and action planning in secondary cities in Kenya, Morocco, Vietnam and Cuba. He further coordinated UN-Habitat’s engagement in formulating the Sustainable Development Goals, including SDG-11. He is Honorary Professor at the Department of Architecture and Urbanism of the University of Leuven, Belgium.

Areas of expertise

Sectors of activity

Buildings and construction, Education


Africa, Asia / Pacific, Europe and Central Asia