Meet the United Nations Senior Mission Leaders

 

There are currently 53 Special Representatives of the Secretary-General (SRSGs) and deputy Special Representatives of the Secretary-General (DSRSGs) serving also as Head and deputy Head of Mission in 28 United Nations peace operations, including Peacekeeping and Special Political Missions. 

In addition to the 53 Head and deputy Head of Mission (D/HoM) posts, there are several other Representatives of the Secretary-General such as Special Advisers or Envoys who bring their “good offices” to bear in the service of conflict resolution or the implementation of other United Nations mandates.

Explore below to learn more about the leaders of United Nations peace operations talk about their background, their motivation to serve the United Nations and their experience leading United Nations field missions. 

This page will be gradually updated with new profiles of United Nations Mission leaders as the campaign progresses.

 

     

Leadership videos

Meet UN leadership

The United Nations Special Representatives of the Secretary-General speak about their role and motivation to lead UN Peace Operations.
 

 

(in multiple languages, English subtitles)

Lisa Filipetto

Head of Mission
United Nations Support Office in Somalia UNSOS

 

(in English)

Leila Zerrougui

Special Representative of the Secretary-General
United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the DR Congo MONUSCO

 

(in French)

Huang Xia

Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region 
African Great Lakes, Office of the Special Envoy for the Great Lakes
 

 

(In Chinese and French, English subtitles)

David Shearer

Special Representative of the Secretary-General
United Nations Mission in South Sudan UNMISS
 

 

(in English)

Kristin Lund

Head of Mission and Chief of Staff of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization UNTSO

Listen to Kristin Lund talk about her take on gender equality

(in Norwegian, English subtitles)


Najat Rochdi

Former deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General
United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic MINUSCA
 

(in French)

Carlos Ruiz Massieu

Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Colombia and Head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia UN Verification Mission in Colombia

 

(In Spanish, English subtitles)

UNFICYP leadership team

United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus UNFICYP

Meet the first female leadership team led by a female SRSG and female heads of the military and police component.                                 

(in English)

    

Leadership profiles

UNOWAS Leadership team

Mohamed Ibn Chambas (Special Representative) and Ruby Sandhu-Rojon (Deputy Special Representative) for West Africa and the Sahel UNOWAS

UNOWAS offre six conteneurs a la commune de Ngor pour aider a l’amelioration de l’environnement 96/5000 UNOWAS offers six containers to the municipality of Ngor to help improve the environment. Photo by UN/UNOWAS

Mohmmed Ibn Chambas and Ruby Sandhu-Rojon participate in a ceremony in the city of Ngor, Senegal.

By UN Photo/UNOWAS

 

François Louncény Fall

Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa UNOCA

François Louncény Fall upon arrival in Paoua (northwestern Central Africa Republic) to support efforts towards the implementation of the Political Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in the country.

 

 

 

 

Photo by UNOCA/Marlene Nzengou

    

     

Nickolay Mladenov

Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority UNSCO

Nickolay Mladenov in Khan Yunis hospital in Gaza.  By UN Photo/Daniela Penkova


Nickolay Mladenov visiting a hospital in Gaza.
 

By UN Photo/Daniela Penkova

Tadamichi Yamamoto

Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan
UNAMA

Tadamichi Yamamoto at a press conference.

By UN Photo/Fardin Waezi

     

     

Natalia Gherman

Special Representative of the Secretary-General
United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia UNRCCA

 

Natalia Gherman during a field visit.


By UN Photo/UNRCCA

Global leadership overview

The Secretary-General's Global Leadership website provies a full overview of all the mission senior leaders within the United Nations.