UNDSS Leadership

Peter Drennan

Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security

Peter Drennan of Australia was nominated as Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security, on 28 June, 2014.

Mr. Drennan, who from 2009 served as Deputy Commissioner National Security with the Australian Federal Police, brings to the position an extensive career in policing and law enforcement at the community, national and international levels. His experience in safety and security spans over 35 years with the development of strong strategic collaborative partnerships covering national and international law enforcement counter-terrorism activities, peacekeeping and post-conflict capacity building missions with both the United Nations as well as bi- and multi-lateral regional missions, notably in North Africa, the Middle East, South West and South East Asia.

Having commenced his police officer career in 1979, Mr. Drennan served in key leadership and management roles since 2002 within the Federal Police, notably as Assistant Commissioner on Counter Terrorism, Economic and Special Operations, Border and International Network as well as the Eastern Region. He has further experience as the Federal Police’s Director of Operations Eastern Region and Regional Liaison Coordinator for East and South East Asia, based in Hong Kong.

Mr. Drennan has represented Australia in national and international policing forums including INTERPOL and ASEANPOL leading international liaison relationships. He has undertaken postgraduate studies in human resource management and police executive leadership programs with the Australian Institute of Police Management as well as external programs with the Australian Graduate School of Management and Institute of Company Directors. He graduated in 2011 from the FBI National Executive Institute program.

Born in 1957, Mr. Drennan is married and has two children.

 

Fadzai Gwaradzimba

Assistant Secretary-General

Fadzai Gwaradzimba of Zimbabwe was nominated as Assistant Secretary-General for Safety and Security on 4 September, 2015.

Ms. Gwaradzimba brings a wealth of experience in strategic management and leadership, coupled with in-depth knowledge of international development, crisis prevention and recovery, evaluation design and practice and gender issues.  She has over 25 years of experience with the United Nations system, and last served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director, Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy (BERA) for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York.

Prior to that, she was the Division Chief for South and West Asia. Ms. Gwaradzimba has previously been the Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the Gambia, and Deputy Resident Representative in Malawi, Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. She began her career with UNDP in 1989 and held various positions with UNDP in New York as a Programme Manager and Senior Evaluation Advisor and also served with the Department of Peacekeeping Operations as a Deputy Municipal Administrator in Kosovo from 2000 to 2001.

Ms. Gwaradzimba holds a Doctor of Philosophy in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University.