Kamal Amakrane

Political Director

Kamal Amakrane

Kamal Amakrane is the Political Director in the Office of the President of the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, overseeing political, peace & security affairs as well as human rights, humanitarian and legal issues.

Prior to working in OPGA, Kamal served as Chief of Staff of the United Nations Operation in Cote d’Ivoire, where he advanced the coordination of UN’s peacekeeping, political, electoral and rule of law engagements in the country (2013-2015), as well as directed UNOCI’s Ebola response efforts.

Before taking up his appointment in Abidjan, Kamal led the Office of the UN-African Union Joint Special Representative for Darfur & Head of UNAMID, where he oversaw the crafting and execution of UNAMID’s strategy for the protection of civilians in Darfur and assisted with the implementation of the Doha Peace Agreement (2011-2013). Previously, he served as Special Assistant to the UN Envoy to Myanmar, tasked to advance the democratic transition in Myanmar (2008-2011).

From 2007 to 2008, Kamal supported the UN’s engagement towards the stabilization of Iraq, assisting with the negotiation and implementation of the International Compact with Iraq.  He was also part of the UN team working on the political transition in Iraq and tasked with organizing the country’s first elections (2004-2007).  His international career began in the Office of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan (2002), after which he joined the Office of Arab League’s Secretary-General Amr Moussa, advising on Iraq issues (2003). In Morocco, Kamal worked on sustainable development and urban planning issues (1998-2001).

Kamal was elected to the Executive Board of Sciences Po Paris in 2002 & 2003, and was appointed Yale World Fellow in 2012. He is an Architect and a graduate of Sciences Po Paris and Columbia University. He speaks fluent Spanish, English, French, Arabic and Berber.