Biography of the Ombudsperson and office staff

Mr. Richard Malanjum (Malaysia), appointed as Ombudsperson on 28 January 2022

From 2018 to 2019, Mr. Malanjum served as the 9th Chief Justice of Malaysia. From 2006 to 2018, he served as Chief Judge at the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak in Malaysia.  

From 1992 to 2006 Mr. Malanjum worked in various judicial positions including as Judicial Commissioner at the Superior Court of Malaysia, a Judge at the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak, a Judge at the Court of Appeal, and as a Judge in Malaysia’s Federal Court. He has also held the positions of Deputy Public Prosecutor and State Counsel. 

Immediately prior to his appointment as Ombudsperson, Mr. Malanjum served as an Adjunct Professor in several universities in Malaysia and worked as a legal consultant and arbitrator. He is also a trained mediator.  

Mr. Malanjum holds an LLB (Honours) from the University of London (1975). He was admitted to the Bar of England and Wales in 1976.

Ms. Leah Campbell, Legal Officer

Ms. Campbell began her career practicing law in Queensland and New South Wales, Australia. She has worked in Sarajevo and The Hague on trials alleging genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, and previously served as a Political Affairs Officer supporting the work of Security Council’s Sanctions Committees.

She holds degrees in law and international relations from Bond University and an LLM from New York University School of Law.

Ms. Laura Bianchi, Research Assistant

Ms. Bianchi joined the Office of the Ombudsperson in 2017. She has a professional background in journalism and research, politics and international relations. She has worked in multimedia journalism and lectured journalism skills for 17 years. She assisted the Media and Outreach Section of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague and worked for the News and Media Division of the UN Department of Global Communications in New York.

Ms. Bianchi holds a Master of Science in International Relations from the Graduate School of Social Sciences of University of Amsterdam. Her thesis focused on the EU-US Terrorist Finance Tracking Program Agreement. She also has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Leiden University and a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Applied Sciences of Utrecht. 


Former Ombudspersons

The position was previously held by Mr. Daniel Kipfer Fasciati (18 July 2018 to 17 December 2021), Ms. Catherine Marchi-Uhel (27 July 2015 to 7 August 2017) and Ms. Kimberly Prost (14 July 2010 to 14 July 2015). 

Outgoing Ombudsperson's Resignation Letter to the Secretary-General Document PDF 
(Daniel Kipfer Fasciati)

Outgoing Ombudsperson's Letter to the Secretary-General Document PDF (Catherine Marchi-Uhel)

Outgoing Ombudsperson's Letter to the Secretary-General Document PDF (Kimberly Prost)