Leila Zerrougui (Algeria)
Special Representative of the Secretary-General
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Leila Zerrougui of Algeria as his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).
Ms. Zerrougui succeeds Maman Sidikou of Niger, who completes his assignment in January 2018 and to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his leadership and dedicated service during his tenure.
Ms. Zerrougui brings more than 30 years of experience in rule of law and protection of civilians, as well as a demonstrated record of management and leadership. She served as Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children in Armed Conflict (2012 - 2016) and as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in MONUSCO (2008 - 2012), where she spearheaded the Mission’s efforts in strengthening the rule of law and protection of civilians.
A legal expert in human rights and the administration of justice, Ms. Zerrougui has had a distinguished career in strengthening the rule of law and championing strategies and actions for the protection of vulnerable groups, especially women and children. She was a member of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention under the United Nations Human Rights Council from 2001 to 2003, and served as the Working Group’s Chairperson-Rapporteur from 2003 to 2008. She previously served as an expert member of a number of working groups and committees under the then United Nations Commission on Human Rights. Prior to her international engagements, Ms. Zerrougui had a longstanding career in Algeria, where in 2000 she was appointed to the Supreme Court.
Born in 1956, Ms. Zerrougui graduated from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (Algiers) in 1980. Since 1993, she has held various academic positions at law schools in Algeria, and was associate professor of the Ecole Supérieure de la Magistrature (Algiers).
David Gressly (United States)
Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General
Mr. Gressly has broad experience working in peacekeeping missions, having served most recently as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, and as the United Nations Resident Coordinator/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). Prior to that, Mr. Gressly served for more than 20 years with the United Nations system, including as Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel in Senegal.
Mr. Gressly holds a Master of Business Administration in international finance from the American Graduate School of International Management in Glendale, Arizona (United States).
Born in 1956, he is married and has six children.
Kim Bolduc (Canada)
Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Kim Bolduc of Canada as his Deputy Special Representative for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), where she will also serve as United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Ms. Bolduc succeeds Mamadou Diallo of Guinea, who completed his assignment in October and to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his leadership and dedicated service during his tenure.
Ms. Bolduc brings to the appointment more than 30 years of experience in international development and humanitarian work, as well as a demonstrated record of management and leadership. She served since 2014 as Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of United Nations Mission for Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO). She previously served as the United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Panama from 2010 to 2014, having previously been Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), and Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Brazil. She held various field appointments within the United Nations system since she joined the Organization in 1987, including positions in Honduras, Iraq and Mozambique.
Ms. Bolduc has a master’s degree in international development and cooperation from Ottawa University in Canada.
Born in 1952, she is married and has a son.
Lt. General Elias Rodrigues Martins Filho (Brazil)
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Lieutenant General Elias Rodrigues Martins Filho of Brazil as Force Commander of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). He succeeds Lieutenant General Derrick Mbuyiselo Mgwebi of South Africa, who completed his assignment on 31 January, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his dedicated leadership as head of the MONUSCO military component.
Lieutenant General Martins Filho has had a distinguished military career with the Brazilian Armed Forces spanning more than 35 years. He is currently serving as the Chief of Office of the International Organizations Office at the Ministry of Defence of Brazil since 2017. Previously, he served as Chief of Defence Intelligence in the Intelligence Office of the Ministry of Defence, and as Director of the Brazilian Command, War and Staff College, from 2015 to 2016. Between 2013 and 2015, he was Chief of Operations at the Brazilian Western Border, having been Commanding Officer of the Brazilian Presidential Guard battalion between 2009 and 2011.
Lieutenant General Martins Filho also has extensive peacekeeping experience, having served as Planning Officer in the Force Generation Service in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations from 2005 to 2008. He also served as Deputy Military Adviser to the Permanent Mission of Brazil to the United Nations, between 2001 and 2003, and as Staff Officer at the United Nations Angola Verification Mission III from 1995 to 1996.
Lieutenant General Martins Filho holds a post-graduate degree in International Relations from the University of Brasilia. He graduated from the Defense War College of the Escola Superior de Guerra.
Born in Fortaleza in 1960, he is married and has three children.
Awale Abdounasir (Djibouti)
Awale Abdounasir, a national of Djibouti with effect from 22 February 2016 became the current MONUSCO Police Commissioner. He just left MINUSMA as the Head of the Police component after 29 months of service.
Before Mr. Awale’s appointment as the MINUSMA Police Commissioner, he served in UNOCI for five (5) continuous years in various capacities starting as an IPO (Patrol officer), a Team Leader at a Station, Special Assistant to the Police Commissioner, Head of Reform and Restructuring Section responsible for building the capacities of national Security Forces, the Deputy Police Commissioner and finally Acting Police Commissioner.
He holds a master’s degree in law and security policy from the University of Lyon III and a master’s degree in biochemistry from the University of Rennes.
He was a Professor before joining the police where he has more than 18 years’ experience. He is a graduate of National Police Academy of Saint Cyr au Mont d’Or (FRANCE). He has also attended several training programs on antiterrorism and disaster management in USA.
Mr. Awale, during his career at the national level, held various managerial positions including Director of Forensic Police Laboratory, Director of Police Academy, Advisor and Chief of Staff to the Minister of Interior.
He is married and has five children.
HEADS OF OFFICE
Mr. Warner Ten Kate
Mr. Soro Karna
Ms. Cecilia Piazza
Mr. Daniel Ruiz
Mr. Jacob Mogeni
Ms. Sophie Stecher
Mr. Guirane N’Diaye
Mr. Abdourahamane GANDA