19 January 2011

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Biographical Note

Secretary-General Appoints Gana Fofang of Cameroon


as Deputy Special Representative for Guinea-Bissau


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Gana Fofang of Cameroon to serve as his Deputy Special Representative in Guinea-Bissau.  Mr. Fofang will also serve as United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) Resident Representative.

Mr. Fofang brings to his new position extensive experience with several years of progressively responsible functions in the United Nations system, in the fields of post-conflict development, electoral assistance, demining, reforms of public administration, judicial and security sectors, as well as political and economic governance.  His leadership and expertise will be an asset for the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau and the United Nations country team in the country, as a whole.

He is currently the United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Sao Tome and Principe.  Prior to that appointment, he served as Senior Policy Adviser at the UNDP Africa Bureau/Millennium Project, in New York from 2006 to 2008.  From 2000 to 2006, he was the UNDP Senior Deputy Resident Representative in Laos, Rwanda and Mozambique, successively.  He also held various positions within the private sector, UNDP and UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) from 1988 to 1999, in New York, Cape Verde and Algeria.

Mr. Fofang holds a Master of Philosophy in economics and development from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, and a Bachelor of Arts in political economy from Princeton University, United States.

Born on 9 October 1957, he is married and has two children.

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