Senior Management Group
Valerie Amos, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator
On 9 July 2010, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Valerie Amos, a national of the United Kingdom, as Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.
She succeeds John Holmes, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his dedicated service to the Organization and commitment to alleviating the conditions of the many peoples affected by emergency situations.
Ms. Amos brings extensive background and experience to the position, coupled with well-honed leadership skills and an ability to forge consensus, coordinate the delivery of results and work with diverse stakeholders. She was most recently the United Kingdom’s High Commissioner to Australia.
She has more than 25 years of experience and spent the last decade in various high-level positions, including as Cabinet minister with responsibility for international development, which encompassed arrangements for the Department for International Development budget and responsibility for its response to crises around the world.
From 2007 to 2009, Ms. Amos was Chair of the Royal African Society and a Fulbright Commissioner. Between 2003 and 2007, she served as Cabinet minister, Leader of the House of Lords and Secretary of State for International Development. In the latter role, she was called upon to participate in discussions and negotiations to tackle conflicts and post-conflict situations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, Liberia and other parts of the world. From 2001 to 2003, she served as Africa Minister.
Ms. Amos is expected to bring strategic direction to her efforts as Emergency Relief Coordinator, framed by her ability to be a strong communicator and advocate for the needs of stakeholders, and to ensure commitment to the mandate of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Born in 1954, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology and a Master of Arts in cultural studies.