The Secretary-General of the United Nations announced on 1 October 2018 the appointment of Joanne Adamson of the United Kingdom as his new Deputy Special Representative in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).
Ms. Adamson succeeds Koen Davidse of the Netherlands, who will complete his assignment on 30 September. The Secretary-General is grateful to Mr. Davidse for his important contribution to the work of MINUSMA.
Ms. Adamson brings 30 years as a leader and policy specialist in peace and security, with extensive experience in diplomacy, political affairs and analysis, multilateral negotiations and conflict resolution with the European Union, the United Nations, and the diplomatic service of the United Kingdom. Since 2016, she has served as the Deputy Head of Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations, where she focused on United Nations reform and strengthening collaborative relationships, particularly between the United Nations, African Union and European Union. From 2014 to 2016, she served as the Ambassador for the United Kingdom to Mali and Niger, where she played an active role in advancing Mali’s peace process and helping to develop a cross-Sahel stabilization program.
She has also served with United Nations peacekeeping, including at the Headquarters and with the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
Born in 1967, Ms. Adamson holds a Masters degree from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Cambridge. She is fluent in Arabic and French.