USG Hanna Tetteh
Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNOAU
The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced the appointment of Hanna Serwaa Tetteh of Ghana as his Special Representative to the African Union and Head of the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU) on 10 December 2018. She succeeded Sahle-Work Zewde of Ethiopia to whom the Secretary-General reiterated his deep gratitude and appreciation for her dedicated service to the Organization.
Ms. Tetteh brings to this position decades of progressively responsible experience at the national, regional and international levels, including well-honed skills in building consensus among stakeholders and knowledge of the Organization, in order to strengthen the partnership between the United Nations and the African Union in the area of peace and security.
She was formerly the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi. Ms. Tetteh served previously in the cabinet of the Government of Ghana as Minister for Foreign Affairs and a member of the National Security Council and the Armed Forces Council (2013-2017), as well as Minister for Trade and Industry (2009-2013). From 2014 to 2015 she was the Chairperson of the Council of Ministers as well as Chairperson of the Mediation & Security Council of the Economic Community of West African States. During her term as Minister for Trade and Industry, she was also a member of the Government’s economic management team, the board of the Millennium Development Authority and the National Development Planning Commission, and was also the Chairperson of the Ghana Free Zones Board. From January to February 2009 she served as Spokesperson for President John Evans Atta Mills’ Administration transition team.
A National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for the Awutu Senya Constituency (2000-2005), she later returned to Parliament as the NDC Member of Parliament for the Awutu Senya West Constituency (2013-2017). She was appointed Co-Facilitator in the High-Level Forum for the Revitalisation of the Agreement for the resolution of the conflict in South Sudan (2017-2018).
Ms. Tetteh holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of Ghana, Legon. She was called to the Ghana Bar in October 1992.
Deputy Head of Office and Director of Political Affairs
Gerald Mitchell has an extensive inter-governmental experience in political affairs and peacebuilding issues. Prior to his appointment to UNOAU as Deputy Head of Office / Director of Political Affairs, he served with United Nations Special Political Missions and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Somalia, Afghanistan, Georgia and Ethiopia. He also previously served for several years as Head of Elections for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). His career focus has been on issues of inclusive governance and democratic elections in transitional and post-conflict countries in Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe/CIS. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, Washington D.C., and a Master’s Degree in Comparative Government from the London School of Economics and Political Science.