Maman Sambo Sidikou

Maman Sambo Sidikou (Niger)

Special Representative of the Secretary-General

Mr. Sidikou succeeds Martin Kobler of Germany, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his important contribution and dedicated service for the past two years in supporting the implementation of the MONUSCO mandate.

Bringing vast experience to his new position, with more than 25 years in Niger’s domestic and foreign services, the United Nations and as a senior African Union official, Mr. Sidikou was previously the African Union Special Representative for Somalia and Head of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

He has served in various senior capacities in his Government’s service since 1976, most recently as Ambassador to the United States (2011 to 2014).  In 1999, he was Chief of Staff to the President of the Republic, holding ministerial rank, and between 1997 and 1999, Minister for Foreign Affairs and African Integration.  He has also served as the Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister and Director for the National Television within the Ministry of Information.

Between 1999 and 2011, Mr. Sidikou worked for the World Bank in Washington, D.C., for the United Nations Children’s Fund in Nigeria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Jordan, as well as for Save the Children-UK in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Mr. Sidikou holds a PhD in education from Florida State University.  He is married and has two children.

David Gressly

David Gressly (United States)

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.

Mamadou Diallo

Mamadou Diallo (Guinea)

Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General

Mr. Diallo previously served as the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Regional Director for West and Central Africa.  He brings to the position many years of experience with the United Nations system, with over two decades of increasingly responsible managerial and leadership positions in development and humanitarian operations at the national, regional and international level.

Until 2012, Mr. Diallo was the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Asmara, Eritrea.  He served as Representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Mali from 2005 to 2009 and in Sierra Leone from 2001 to 2005.  Prior to those assignments, he served as Regional Adviser in positions dealing with maternal health and family planning issues with UNFPA in Senegal and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and as a medical doctor and Chief of medical staff in Guinea.

A graduate of the Université de Conakry School of Medicine in Guinea, Mr. Diallo holds a master’s degree in public health from San Diego State University in California in the United States.  Mr. Diallo is married and has three children.

Lieutenant General Derick Mbuyiselo Mgwebi

Lieutenant General Derick Mbuyiselo Mgwebi (South Africa)

Force Commander

Lieutenant General Mgwebi has more than 35 years of national and international military experience.  In 1991, he was appointed Director of Special Forces of the South African National Defence Forces and in 1993, Director of Training and Operations.  He held the post of Military Secretary at the Ministry of Defence (1995-1997) and served in the Mpumalanga Command (1997-2002), after which he was appointed Director of the South African Army Infantry Formation.

Between 2004 and 2006, Lieutenant General Mgwebi served as Force Commander of the United Nations Operation in Burundi (ONUB), and from 2007 to 2011 he was the Chief of Human Resources of the South African National Defence Force, where he was previously Chief of Joint Operations.

Lieutenant General Mgwebi holds a diploma in defence management and a degree in business administration from the University of South Africa.

Born in 1956, he is married and has two children.

Awale Abdounasir

Awale Abdounasir (Djibouti)

Police Commissioner

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.




Mr. Warner Ten Kate


Mr. Soro Karna


Mr. Julius Fondong


Mrs. Alexandra Trabattoni


Mr. Daniel Ruiz


Mr. Jacob Mogeni


Mr. Charles Frisby


Mrs. Assetou Sanogo


Mr. Md Abdellahi Ould Md Elhacen