Leadership

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

David Gressly (United States)
United Nations Emergency Ebola Response Coordinator

 

The Secretary-General has also recently announced a strengthened coordination and support mechanism in the epicentre of the Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, led by 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.
 

François Grignon (France)

Deputy Special Representative ad interim of the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General announced the appointment of François Grignon of France as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Protection and Operations ad interim in MONUSCO.

Mr. Grignon brings a wealth of experience, having worked for the past 20 years in support of peace processes and peacekeeping operations in East and Central Africa, both with non-governmental organizations and the United Nations.  He has previously served with the United Nations Mission in the Congo (MONUC), the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), the United Nations Mission for Justice in Haiti (MINUJUSTH) and at the United Nations Headquarters. 

Born in 1970, he holds a PhD in political science from Montesquieu university in Bordeaux, France, two masters’ degrees from Pantheon-Sorbonne University in Paris, and is a graduate from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences-Po).

David McLachlan-Karr (Australia)

Deputy Special Representative ad interim of the Secretary-General

A new Ad Interim Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator will take up his post in the Democratic Republic of Congo on 24 June 2019. 

David McLachlan-Karr will temporarily replace Kim Bolduc of Canada who completed her assignment in the country.   

Mr. McLachlan-Karr possesses 25 years of experience working with the United Nations, including at headquarters in New York and in various assignments for UNDP and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in crisis contexts in Africa, Asia and Latin America. 

From July 2017, he has served as Deputy Special Representative of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS) and the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Guinea-Bissau. Prior to this posting, he served as Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Jordan.

Previously, Mr. McLachlan-Karr was on secondment from the United Nations to the World Economic Forum in Geneva, where he held the position of Senior Adviser on Public-Private Partnerships (2015-2016).  Earlier, he served as Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Sierra Leone, Papua New Guinea and Venezuela. Before joining the United Nations, Mr. McLachlan-Karr held a series of diplomatic postings in the Australian Foreign Service. 

David McLachlan-Karr hails from Australia. Born in 1961, he holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom), and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Law from the University of Queensland, Australia.

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.

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.

 

HEADS OF OFFICE

BENI

Mr. Omar Aboud

BUKAVU

Mr. Soro Karna

BUNIA

Ms. Cecilia Piazza

GOMA

Mr. Julius Fondong

KALEMIE

Mr. Jacob Mogeni

KANANGA

Ms. Sophie Stecher

KINDU

Mr. Tankoane Boubacar

UVIRA

Mr. Abdourahamane GANDA

BUTEMBO

Mr. Guirane N'Diaye