USG Sahle-Work Zewde

Head of United Nations Office to the African Union

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced the appointment of Sahle-Work Zewde of Ethiopia as his Special Representative to the African Union and Head of the United Nations Office to the African Union at the level of Under-Secretary-General on 27 June, 2018.  She succeeded Haile Menkerios of South Africa to whom the Secretary-General reiterated his deep gratitude and appreciation for his dedicated service to the organization.

Ms. Zewde is the first woman appointed to this position. She was the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi. She brings three decades of progressively responsible experience at the national, regional and international levels. She was the Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA) and served as Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), as well as Director-General for African Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia.

Ms. Zewde has served as the Ethiopian Ambassador to France, Permanent Representative to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and accredited to Tunisia and Morocco (2002-2006).  From 1993 to 2002, she served as Ambassador to Djibouti and Permanent Representative to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and to Senegal, with accreditation to Mali, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Gambia and Guinea (1989-1993).

Ms. Zewde is a natural sciences graduate of the University of Montpellier, France.

Source/Read more: https://www.un.org/press/en/2018/sga1813.doc.htm

Nathalie Ndongo-Seh
Nathalie Ndongo-Seh
Chief of Staff

Ms. Nathalie Ndongo-Seh is an attorney-at-law with wide-ranging United Nations peacekeeping experience. She has served in Liberia, Israel, Afghanistan and East Timor amongst others, and was most recently with MENUB in Burundi and UNMISS in Juba before joining UNOAU. Ms. Ndongo-Seh began her career in the private sector in France, Cameroon and the Ivory Coast. She holds graduate degrees from the University of Paris I (Sorbonne) in international law and international economic law.