Senior Management Group
Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations
On 2 September 2011, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Hervé Ladsous of France as Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, replacing Alain Le Roy.
A seasoned diplomat, Mr. Ladsous brings to the position extensive experience acquired during his service in a variety of countries. He held a broad range of positions in France’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs after joining it in 1971. As a junior diplomat, he was posted to Hong Kong, Canberra and Beijing, in addition to being a member of the permanent representation to the UN in Geneva.
After having served as Deputy-Director General of the Department for the Americas, he was appointed Chargé d’affaires ad interim in Haiti, before becoming Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN in New York.
He was Permanent Representative to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna and Ambassador to Indonesia and Timor-Leste, before holding senior posts in Paris as Spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry and Director General for Asia and Oceania.
Before assuming his most recent position as Chief of Staff to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, he was Ambassador to China.
Mr. Ladsous holds a law degree and a diploma in Chinese and Indonesian Malay from the National School of Oriental Studies in France.