United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced on 14 March 2019 the appointment of Khawla Matar of Bahrain as the Deputy Special Envoy for Syria.
The Secretary-General takes this opportunity to reiterate his gratitude to Ramzy Ezzeldin Ramzy of Egypt for his efforts to the search for peace in Syria.
Ms. Matar has profound knowledge of the region, the Syrian conflict, and the United Nations system. Her experience includes earlier assignments as the Deputy Head of the United Nations Development System Transition Team in New York, Deputy Executive Secretary for the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) in Beirut, Director of the Office of the Special Envoy for Syria in Damascus, Spokesperson for the Office of the Joint United Nations-League of Arab States Special Representative for Syria, and Director of the United Nations Information Centre in Cairo. She has extensively written and published on regional politics and related issues.
Ms. Matar holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Durham in the United Kingdom.