Kuena Diaho hails from the Kingdom of Lesotho. She is a lawyer by profession and currently works for the Central Bank of Lesotho as Legal Counsel with the Department of Corporate Affairs. Kuena serves the World Young Women’s Christian Association as member of the Board of Directors in which she chairs the Global Governance and Constitutional Committee. She also is a member of the African Union ECOSOCC Women and Gender Cluster Committee and the UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group – Southern Africa. Kuena has over twelve years experience working with civil society and international organisations where she has presented in various fora such as the International Aids Conferences,the United Nations Convention of the Status of Women and Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women as a panellist and key person in compilation of reports relevant thereto. Kuena has worked with international and civil society organisations on issues around HIV/AIDS, Human Rights, Gender, Youth development and Millennium Development Goals. She has been instrumental in her role as Youth Coordinator of the Lesotho YWCA in advocating women’s rights and also representing the continent and young women in peace missions such as the Journey for Justice – Joint Advocacy Initiative on Israel and Palestine.
Kuena holds a Masters in International Law and Economics from the World Trade Institute of the University of Bern and a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB) from the National University of Lesotho where as a student she participated in international parliamentary debate and moot court competitions which include the renowned Jessup International Moot Court Competition. She also holds a certificate in Intellectual Property Law from the World Intellectual Property Organization Academy, a Certificate in Population and Development -Response to Global Problems from Brown University and Compliance Management Certificate from the University of Cape Town.