UNAMI Leadership

 

Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq: Ms. Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert

 

Jeanine Hennis Plasschaert

Ms. Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert of the Netherlands assumed her responsibilities as Special Representative for Iraq of the United Nations Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) on 17 December 2018.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced the appointment of Ms. Hennis-Plasschaert on 31 August 2018. She succeeded Ján Kubiš of Slovakia, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his service.
Ms. Hennis-Plasschaert brings over 20 years of political and diplomatic experience, having served in several high-level Government and parliamentary positions. She was Minister for Defence of the Netherlands (2012-2017), the first woman to be appointed in that role. As Minister, she oversaw the Central Staff, Support Command, the Defence Material Organisation and the four Royal Netherlands Armed Forces: Army, Navy, Air Force and the Military and Border Police. In this role, she had oversight of Dutch involvement in military operations in Mali, Afghanistan and Iraq, building close collaboration with the European Union, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and United Nations partners.
Ms. Hennis-Plasschaert also served as a member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands (2010-2012) and a member of the European Parliament (2004-2010). She worked for the European Commission in Brussels and in Riga, Latvia, and for the City of Amsterdam.

 


 

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.


 

Deputy Special Representative for Iraq, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator Ms. Marta Ruedas

 

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United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Marta Ruedas of Spain as his 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 and Humanitarian Coordinator. In addition, Ms. Ruedas served as United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Representative in Iraq until 01 December 2018 when, in line with UN System reforms, the roles of the Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative were separated.

Ms. Ruedas brings to the 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 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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