MOGADISHU, Somalia – The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Adam Abdelmoula as his deputy Special Representative for Somalia.
Abdelmoula of Sudan (as well as a national of the United States) will also serve as the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in the United Nations Assistance Mission (UNSOM) in Somalia
In a statement, Guterres says he will succeed George Conway of Canada who served as since April 2019 and to whom he is grateful for his dedication and service in Somalia.
Mr. Abdelmoula brings over thirty years of experience in development, rule of law, human rights, and security.
From 2013 to 2016, he served as Country Director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Iraq, and from 2010 to 2013 as Resident Coordinator in Kuwait and Syria.
In his earlier career, Mr. Abdelmoula served as the Chief of Middle East and North Africa Section in OHCHR and held various assignments with the United Nations in Liberia, Iraq and Somalia.
Mr. Abdelmoula holds an LL.B. in Common Law and Islamic Law from the University of Khartoum, an LL.M. in International Law from Harvard Law School, and a PhD in Public International Law from Georgetown University.