5 May 2016

Secretary-General Appoints Modibo Touré of Mali Special Representative in Guinea-Bissau

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Modibo Touré of Mali as his new Special Representative for Guinea-Bissau and Head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS).

Mr. Touré replaces Miguel Trovoada of São Tome and Principe, who completed his assignment on 30 April.  The Secretary-General is grateful for Mr. Trovoada’s leadership and for the accomplishments of the Mission during his tenure at UNIOGBIS.

Mr. Touré served as Special Adviser to the Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region from 2013 to 2015.  Prior to that, he was the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative ad interim of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Kenya (2013).

He worked in 2012 as the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim in the Central African Republic, and served as United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Chad and Ethiopia.  He has held high-level positions in the African Development Bank and served as Minister for New Technologies, Telecommunications and Post Office in Mali.

Mr. Touré holds a master’s degree in business administration from Vanderbilt University, United States, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Ecole nationale d’administration in Mali.

Born in 1959, he is married and has three children.


*     This supersedes Press Release SG/A/1402-AFR/2606-BIO/4466 of 29 April 2013.

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