Ahmédou El-Becaye Seck, 1954 - 2011
Ahmédou Seck, a national of Senegal, worked as the Head of the Electoral Division for the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).
He died on 4 April 2011 aboard a UN plane which had been on a flight from the north-eastern city of Kisangani when it crashed at about 1:30 p.m. as it tried to land amid heavy rain and high winds, at N’Djili airport in Kinshasa (DRC).
Choi Young-Jin, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Operation in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI) said in a press statement that Mr. Seck was one of the best electoral experts within the Organization.
He first started working in the field of electoral assistance in 2004, when he joined the United Nations Development Programme as the Principal Technical Counsellor in Niger. He went on to work for both the United Nations Operation in Burundi (ONUB) in 2004 and the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire in 2005, and held the position of Head of the Electoral Division at both Missions.
A lawyer by training, Ahmédou graduated in 1981 from the Université Cheick Anta Diop de Dakar, in Senegal. Shortly after graduating he completed a post-graduate degree in Business Administration from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration et de Magistrature in Dakar.
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