Head of Office (UNEERO)
Abdou Dieng (Senegal)
United Nations Emergency Ebola Response Head of Office
Following the Secretary-General’s announcement to strength the coordination and support mechanism in the epicentre of the Ebola outbreak in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo Abdou Dieng was appointed Deputy Special Coordinator of the United Nations Emergency Ebola Response, based in Goma, DRC in mid- October 2019, and Head of Office on March 1st, 2020 subsequently with, among others, the specific responsibility to reach zero cases.
Mr. Dieng started his humanitarian career with the World Food Programme (WFP) in 1994 as senior logistics coordinator until 2003, responsible for the entire spectrum of logistics activities in Central Africa based in Yaoundé, Cameroun; Central and Latin America based in Nicaragua covering: Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela; and in Italy in charge of the overall supervision of WFP logistics transport activities in the southern Africa and Great Lakes regions, including Angola, Mozambique, Zambia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Madagascar, and Namibia.
Mr. Dieng has also served as WFP Country Representative in Guinea Bissau, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Ethiopia and appointed Senior Humanitarian Coordinator in the Central Africa Republic with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs from December 2013 to April 2014.
In November 2014, the Secretary-General appointed Mr. Dieng as the Ebola Crisis Manager for Guinea, as part of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER).
In this capacity, Mr. Dieng continued the Mission’s work with the Guinea’s government and key stakeholders under the World Health Organization (WHO) to ensure a rapid and effective international response to the crisis until zero cases were reached in December 2015. The country was declared Ebola-free in June 2016.
More recently, in June 2019, as World Food Programme’s Head of Mission in Venezuela, Mr. Dieng was responsible to liaise with national authorities to facilitate WFP’s first Food Security Assessment in the country at the aftermath of the crisis.
Prior to this assignment Mr. Dieng was appointed Special Advisor to the United Nations Secretary General for the Sahel on 12 February 2019. A position to which Mr. Dieng brought significant international and regional experiences and expertise as well as political analysis stemming from his United Nations previous responsibilities.
Mr. Dieng was appointed the World Food Programme (WFP) Regional Director for West and Central Africa between 2016 and 2019, overseeing 19 countries, over 2,200 staff members for an approx. 1.3 billion US$ 2017 yearly budget.
Born in 1955, Mr. Dieng graduated from the University of Dakar in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in business law. He also holds a master’s degree in transport economy from the Ecole supérieure des transports internationaux in Marseilles, France, earned in 1984.