United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Virginia Gamba of Argentina as his Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict at the level of Under-Secretary-General. She will replace Leila Zerrougui of Algeria, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for her dedicated service and commitment to the United Nations.
Currently Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-United Nations Joint Investigative Mechanism established by Security Council resolution 2235 (2015) on the use of chemicals as weapons in Syria, Ms. Gamba brings more than 30 years of experience and professional leadership on issues relative to disarmament, peace and human security.
She previously served as Director and Deputy to the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs in the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (2012-2015); Deputy Director, Safety and Security, Institute for Public Safety, Ministry of Justice, Government of City, Buenos Aires (2009-2012); Expert Consultant for the European Union to assist the African Union with the Development of the Implementation Strategy for the African Common Approach to Combat Illicit Small Arms Trafficking (2007-2009); Director for South-South Interactions, SaferAfrica, South Africa (2001-2007); Deputy Director, Institute for Security Studies, South Africa (1996-2001) and Director of the Disarmament and Conflict Resolution Programme, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, Geneva (1992-1996).
Born in 1954, she holds a MSc. (Eco) in Strategic Studies, University College of Wales and a B.A. (Hons) Spanish and American Studies, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne. Served as Senior Lecturer, Latin American Security Studies, Department of War Studies, King’s College, London.