United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced on 28 August 2017 the appointment of Alain Noudéhou of Benin as his Deputy Special Representative in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). He will also serve as United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Mr. Noudéhou succeeds Eugene Owusu of Ghana, who completed his assignment in July 2017. The Secretary-General is grateful for Mr. Owusu’s dedicated service with the United Nations in South Sudan.
Currently the Chief of Staff and Director of the Executive Office of UNDP in New York, Mr. Noudéhou brings to his new position extensive experience in international development and humanitarian affairs (since 2016). He previously served as United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in China (2014-2016) and United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Zimbabwe (2010-2014). Appointed UNDP Country Director in the United Republic of Tanzania in 2007, he was UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Rwanda in 2004.
Before joining the United Nations, Mr. Noudéhou held senior positions from 1996 to 2002 with the then CHF International Inc., an international non-governmental organization currently named Global Communities, Partners for Good.
Mr. Noudéhou holds a master’s degree in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University in the United States. He completed his undergraduate degree at Tsinghua University, China.
Born in 1966, he is married and has two children.