Prof. Kris M. Valaydon

Honorary Professor, James R. Mancham Peace and Diplomacy Research Institute


  • EA Political Science / Law (Aix-Marseille University, France)
  • Master of Law.
  • Doctor of Demography (La Sorbonne, University of Paris, France)
  • EUG Economics
  • Degree in law
  • Council of Legal Education, Bar Examination, 1998
    • Called to the Bar in September 2000
  • Certificate in Journalism (Paris, France)
  • Certificate in Public Relations Techniques, (London, UK)

LANGUAGES:  English, French, Kreol and basic Portuguese.


Presently : Legal, Policy and Institutions, Strategic Planning and Evaluation Consultant; Barrister-at-Law; Director of Publication, “ISLAND STUDIES –Indian Ocean / Océan Indien”, Director, Legal Studies (Center for Legal and Business Studies, Mauritius) (CLBS)

  • From 1986 -1990, Legislative Assembly, Mauritius . As one of the three Clerks at the Table, assisting parliamentarians in parliamentary related duties; Secretary of the Public Accounts Committee.
  • From 1990 to Feb 2009 , worked for the UN Population Fund in various capacities: Program Specialist, Deputy Representative, Technical Adviser. (Regional and International postings)

Proven capacity in: strategic planning, results-based management, evidence-based programming. Human development and social protection issues through project design, M&E, implementation of country and regional programs, supervision and management, and policy dialogue.

Experience in mounting conflict- sensitive policy and operational frameworks, implementing, overseeing n evaluating conflict-sensitive programs in Mozambique (post 1992 conflict) and Madagascar (post 2001 conflict).

Coordination of a 17 conflict and post-conflict country programming process, at the level of UNFPA HQs, New York.

Provided technical support in: Population and Development, rights-based approach to development, Human Rights, Aid effectiveness: gender, poverty reduction, national data collection, disaster risk management and special programs for disadvantaged groups.

Provided technical support by participating in the UNCT mechanisms set up in Madagascar to enhance aid coordination and management at the country level

 Participate in the UNCT’s initiatives in respect, inter alia, of the following: Joint Programs on decentralisation, education for all, HIV / Aids; CCA / UNDAF formulation processes in Madagascar.

Significant experience in planning and coordinating cross-country learning and South by South initiatives.

Developing and maintaining partnerships with relevant regional organizations and donors.

Experience in the communication field : From 1979 to 1986: Senior Information Officer, Ministry of Information. (Communication cell of Government).


As political analyst, a regular contributor to the main national papers in Mauritius

Director, ‘Island Studies’

Cri de Cœur, a publication on politics in Mauritius.

La Procédure Législative à  Maurice. (Mémoire de DEA)

L’urgence d’une politique de population (Business Yearbook)

International Aid Effectiveness (Doctorate Thesis)

Population and Migration (in  Journal of Mauritian Studies)


  • Etude de la vulnérabilité des populations au Sud de Madagascar (UNDP)
  • Appui au programme de Gestion des Risques et des Catastrophes dans la région du grand Sud de Madagascar(UNDP)
  • Programme development: Joint UNFPA/MIH programme for capacity development in the Indian Ocean sub-region. (2016, UNFPA).Mid-term Evaluation of the AFB-funded UNDP-supported Project “Climate Change Adaptation Programme in the coastal zone of Mauritius” (GEF/UNDP/AFB, 2014).
  • Developing a Vulnerability-Resilience Profile for Sustainable Development. (UNDESA, 2014).
  • Mid-Term Evaluation of the UNDP/GEF Project ‘Expanding coverage and strengthening management effectiveness of the protected areas network on the island of Mauritius’ – Mauritius; (GEF/UNDP, November 2013).
  • Formulation of the Water Reform Regulatory Framework for Rodrigues. (UNDP)
  • Consolidated reports on the Convention of the Rights of the Child.
  • Strategic Plan for the promotion of the Rights of the Child and Youth in Indian Ocean countries. (Indian Ocean Commission)
  • Review of migrant workers’ rights in Indian Ocean countries. (ILO)
  • Formulation of a Regional Capacity Development Program. (Mauritius Institute of Health / and UNFPA)
  • The Education Sector response to HIV / Aids in Comoros, Mauritius and Seychelles. (UNESCO)
  • Advocacy toolkit: The essentials of Advocacy (Youth and Parliamentarians) (MIH / UNFPA).

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