8 July 2013

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

Biographical Note

Secretary-General Appoints David Gressly of United States


Deputy Special Representative for Mali


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of David Gressly of the United States as his Deputy Special Representative in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), where he will also serve as United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

With more than 20 years of experience with the United Nations system, Mr. Gressly has served with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in various capacities in Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea and Senegal.  He was Regional Coordinator in the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) from 2008 to 2011; and subsequently Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel from 2012 to 2013, where he led the humanitarian response to the 2012 food security and nutrition crisis in the region.

Most recently, Mr. Gressly was Head of the United Nations Office in Mali (UNOM), and following the arrival of Albert Gerard (Bert) Koenders, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Mali, has served as Acting Deputy Special Representative in MINUSMA.

Mr. Gressly holds a Master of Business Administration degree in international finance from the American Graduate School of International Management in Glendale, Arizona, in the United States.

Born in 1956, he is married and has six children.

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