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 Affairs and Electoral Assistance: Ms. Alice Walpole


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New York, 1 November 2017 - United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Alice Walpole of the United Kingdom as his new Deputy Special Representative for Political Affairs and Electoral Assistance of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).


Ms. Walpole succeeds György Busztin of Hungary, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his dedicated service since 2011 in support of the United Nations role in Iraq.


Ms. Walpole brings a wealth of diplomatic and other relevant experience to the position, including serving for a two-year period as British Consul-General in Basra, Iraq. She most recently served as British Ambassador to Mali, and prior to that as Ambassador to Luxembourg. She has also served in various capacities in London, New York, Brussels and Dar es Salaam with the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Ms. Walpole earned first class degrees in English Literature at Cambridge University.
Born in 1963, she has six children.


 

Secretary-General appoints Marta Ruedas of Spain as Deputy Special Representative for Iraq

 

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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Marta Ruedas of Spain as his new Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) in April 2018. Ms. Ruedas also serves as the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Iraq.

Ms. Ruedas brings to this position more than 27 years of experience in coordinating United Nations development and humanitarian work in conflict and post-conflict countries, as well as extensive experience supporting peacebuilding transitions. Since 2015, she has served as the Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan.

She previously served as the UNDP Country Director in Afghanistan, Deputy Director of the UNDP Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, and as United Nations Deputy Special Coordinator, Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Lebanon. Earlier in her career she served as Deputy Regional Director at the UNDP Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, Resident Coordinator in Bulgaria and in São Tomé and Príncipe. She also served with UNDP in Bolivia, Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Georgia, Nepal, Mongolia and Mexico.

Ms. Ruedas holds an MA in International Relations from Columbia University, United States.

 

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