UNAMI Leadership

 

Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq: Mr. Ján Kubiš

 

Mr. Ján Kubiš of Slovakia was appointed by the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as his Special Representative for Iraq on 24 February 2015.  He assumed his responsibilities as the Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the United Nations top envoy in the country on 27 March 2015.

Prior to taking up the post of Special Representative of the Secretary-General to Iraq, Mr Ján Kubiš held the post of Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan from 2011-2015. 

Mr. Kubiš served as the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe from 2009 to 2011, as Minister for Foreign Affairs of Slovakia from 2006 to 2009, as Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe from 2007 to 2008, and as Secretary-General of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) from 1999 to 2005.

Mr. Kubiš also served as the European Union’s Special Representative for Central Asia with the office in Brussels and as the Personal Representative of the Chairman-in-Office of OSCE for Central Asia, as the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Tajikistan, and as the Head of the United Nations Mission of Observers in Tajikistan from 1998 to 1999.  Mr Kubiš was previously the Director of OSCE’s Conflict Prevention Centre.  

Mr. Kubiš worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the former Czechoslovakia from 1976 to 1992 and thereafter at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia.  In 1993 he served as Permanent Representative of Slovakia to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva.

Mr. Kubiš is a graduate in international economic relations of the Moscow State Institute of International Affairs and speaks Slovak, Czech, English, French and Russian.

Born in 1952, he is married and has one daughter.

 


 

Deputy Special Representative for Iraq for Political, Electoral & Constitutional Affairs: Mr. György Busztin

Mr. György Busztin of Hungary was appointed as Deputy Special Representative for Iraq for Political, Electoral & Constitutional Affairs on 9 December 2011.

Mr. Busztin, who will head the political, electoral and constitutional support component of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), replaces Jerzy Skuratowicz of Poland, who has served in Iraq for the past two years.

Bringing a wealth of diplomatic experience to the position, Mr. Busztin recently returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Budapest after serving as Hungary’s Ambassador to Iran, and was previously Ambassador to Indonesia. He has also served in various capacities in Afghanistan, subsequent to his service in Libya and Egypt.

Mr. Busztin earned a degree in Arabic History from Damascus University in Syria, and a PhD in Arabic language and Semitic philology from Lorand Eotvos University in Budapest. In addition to his native Hungarian, he speaks English, French, Arabic, Farsi/Dari (Persian), Malay (Indonesian), and Russian.

Born in 1955, he is married and has two sons.


 

Secretary-General Appoints Lise Grande of United States Deputy Special Representative for Iraq Secretary-General

 

New York, 2 December 2014 - United Nations Secretary‑General Ban Ki‑moon today announced the appointment of Lise Grande of the United States as his Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). Ms. Grande will also serve as the United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq.

She will succeed Jacqueline Badcock of the United Kingdom who has served in Iraq since May 2012. The Secretary‑General is grateful for Ms. Badcock’s leadership in addressing the humanitarian and development needs in Iraq.
Ms. Grande brings to this position extensive experience in countries experiencing conflict and transition, having served in some of the United Nations’ largest humanitarian operations and in peacekeeping missions. She has also worked on recovery and reconstruction and in development.


She currently serves as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative and United Nations Resident Coordinator in India since August 2012. She previously served as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary‑General and Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan (2011‑2012); Deputy Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, South Sudan (2008‑2011); Head of the United Nations Integrated Office in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (2005‑2008); and Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Armenia (2003‑2005).

Ms.Grande holds degrees from Stanford University, California, and the New School for Social Research, New York.

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General
DSRSG, Political, Electoral & Constitutional Affairs
DSRSG, Development and Humanitarian Support

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