United Nations Secretary‑General António Guterres on 1 November 2017 announced the appointment of Alice Walpole of the United Kingdom as his new Deputy Special Representative for Political Affairs and Electoral Assistance of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).
Ms. Walpole succeeds György Busztin of Hungary, to whom the Secretary‑General is grateful for his dedicated service since 2011 in support of the United Nations role in Iraq.
She brings a wealth of diplomatic and other relevant experience to the position, including serving for a two‑year period as British Consul‑General in Basra, Iraq. She most recently served as British Ambassador to Mali, and prior to that as Ambassador to Luxembourg. She has also served in various capacities in London, New York, Brussels and Dar es Salaam with the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Ms. Walpole earned first class degrees in English literature at Cambridge University.
Born in 1963, she has six children.