United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Mamadou Diallo of Guinea as the Deputy Special Representative for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), where he will also serve as United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Mr. Diallo succeeds Moustapha Soumaré of Mali, who completed his assignment in March. The Secretary-General is grateful for Mr. Soumaré’s outstanding contribution and dedicated service for the past three years in supporting the implementation of MONUSCO’s mandate and coordinating the activities of the United Nations system in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Mr. Diallo currently serves as the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Regional Director for West and Central Africa. He brings to the position many years of experience with the United Nations system, with over two decades of increasingly responsible managerial and leadership positions in development and humanitarian operations at the national, regional and international level.
Until 2012, Mr. Diallo was the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Asmara, Eritrea. He served as Representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Mali from 2005 to 2009 and in Sierra Leone from 2001 to 2005. Prior to those assignments, he served as Regional Adviser in positions dealing with maternal health and family planning issues with UNFPA in Senegal and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and as a medical doctor and Chief of medical staff in Guinea.
A graduate of the Université de Conakry School of Medicine in Guinea, Mr. Diallo holds a master’s degree in public health from San Diego State University in California in the United States. Mr. Diallo is married and has three children.