Leadership

Bintou Keita (Guinea)

Special Representative of the Secretary-General

Secretary-General appoints Ms. Bintou Keita of Guinea as Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) 

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced on 14 january 2021 the appointment of Ms. Bintou Keita of Guinea as his Special Representative in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). 

Ms. Keita succeeds Ms. Leila Zerrougui of Algeria, who will complete her assignment next month.  The Secretary-General is deeply grateful to Ms. Zerrougui for her important contribution and service to MONUSCO. 

Ms. Keita brings to the position more than 30 years of experience in peace, security, development, humanitarian and human rights, working in conflict and post-conflict environments.  Since January 2019 she has been serving as the Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, in the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations and had served as the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations from November 2017 to December 2018. 

Between 2015 to 2017, Ms. Keita served the United Nations as Deputy Joint Special Representative for the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID).  She had previously led United Nations efforts to fight the Ebola Virus Disease as the Ebola Crisis Manager for Sierra Leone between February and November 2015.  From 2007 to 2010, she also served as Deputy Executive Representative of the Secretary-General for the United Nations Integrated Office in Burundi. 

Ms. Keita joined the United Nations in 1989, additionally serving in several senior management and leadership functions with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Chad, the Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Cape Verde, Rwanda, Burundi and at Headquarters. 

Ms. Keita holds a master’s degree in social economy from the University of Paris II, France, and a post-graduate degree in business administration and management from the University of Paris IX, France.


 

David Gressly

David Gressly (United States)

Deputy Special Representative for Protection and Operations

Mr. David Gressly recently returned to his post as Deputy Special Representative for Protection and Operations within MONUSCO. He was recently leading the coordination and support mechanism in the epicentre of the Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The Secretary-General appointed David Gressly of the United States of America as United Nations Emergency Ebola Response Coordinator.

Mr. Gressly brings a wealth of humanitarian leadership and political and security experience to the role, having served since 2015 as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Before that he was Deputy Special Representative, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).  He also served as Regional Coordinator in the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS).

With more than 20 years of experience with the United Nations system, Mr. Gressly was also Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel, based in Senegal.

David McLachlan-Karr (Australia)

Deputy Special Representative, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator

Secretary-General Appoints David McLachlan-Karr of Australia Deputy Special Representative, United Nations Mission in Democratic Republic of Congo

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of David McLachlan-Karr of Australia as his Deputy Special Representative in the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), where he will also serve as United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator.

Mr. McLachlan-Karr brings to the position 26 years of development and humanitarian experience with the United Nations.  He has served in a wide range of emergency field assignments including Somalia, the Caucasus, Kosovo, Darfur, Timor‑Leste and Iraq.  From 2004 to 2016, he served as United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative at various posts in Venezuela, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone and Jordan.

Mr. McLachlan-Karr was seconded to the World Economic Forum as a Senior Adviser in 2016.  In 2017, he was appointed to the position of Deputy Special Representative and Resident Coordinator in Guinea-Bissau, a position he held until his appointment as Deputy Special Representative ad interim with MONUSCO in June 2019.

Prior to joining the United Nations in 1993, Mr. McLachlan-Karr was an Australian diplomat.

Born in 1961, he holds a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Cambridge and a bachelor’s degree in international relations and law from the University of Queensland.

Lieutenant General Ricardo Augusto Ferreira Costa Neves (Brazil)

Force Commander 

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Lieutenant General Ricardo Augusto Ferreira Costa Neves of Brazil as Force Commander of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). 

He succeeds Lieutenant General Elias Rodrigues Martins Filho of Brazil, who completed his assignment on 31 October 2019, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his dedicated leadership as head of MONUSCO’s military component.
 
Currently Director of Evaluation and Promotion at the Brazilian Army Command since the end of 2018, Lieutenant General Costa Neves has had a distinguished military career with the Brazilian Armed Forces spanning more than 30 years, including as a Military Academy Commander, where he was responsible for the training and education of young officers.

Earlier in his career, he served as the 17th Jungle Infantry Brigade Commander (2015 – 2017), as well as the 62nd Infantry Battalion Commander (2008 – 2010)
 
Lieutenant General Costa Neves also has prior peacekeeping experience, having served as a Military Observer in the United Nations Angola Verification Mission III from 1995 to 1996.
 
Lieutenant General Costa Neves graduated from the Escola Superior de Guerra Defense War College of Brazil.

   

 

HEADS OF OFFICE

BENI

Ms. Cecilia Piazza

BUKAVU

Mr. Soro Karna

BUNIA

Mr. Josiah Obat

GOMA

Mr. Omar Aboud

KALEMIE

Mr. Jacob Mogeni

KANANGA

Ms. Sophie Stecher

UVIRA

Mr. Abdourahamane GANDA

BUTEMBO

Mr. Guirane N'Diaye