Leadership

Michael Keating, Special Representative of the Secetary-General for Somalia

On 23 November 2015, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Michael Keating of the United Kingdom as his new Special Representative for Somalia and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia.

Mr. Keating succeeds Nicholas Kay of the United Kingdom, who completed his assignment at the end of 2015. 

Mr. Keating brings to this position extensive experience in supporting political and peacebuilding transitions, as well as leading complex humanitarian and recovery programmes in Afghanistan, the Middle East and Africa. While Associate Director of Chatham House since 2012, he concurrently served as Senior Adviser to the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy to Syria. He was Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan from 2010 until 2012.

Mr. Keating also served as Executive Director of the Africa Progress Panel, a policy group chaired by former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan. His earlier career was divided between assignments with the United Nations, serving in Malawi, Gaza/Jerusalem, New York, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the private sector, where he worked with companies and public sector bodies engaged in environmental, human rights and development issues.

Mr. Keating holds a Master of Arts in history from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Born in 1959, he is married and has four children.

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Raisedon Zenenga, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia

On 5 December 2014, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Mr. Raisedon Zenenga of Zimbabwe as his Deputy Special Representative for Somalia. Mr. Zenenga succeeds Ms. Fatiha Serour of Algeria. 

Mr. Zenenga possesses a diverse and substantial background in political processes and mediation, proven skills in managing peacekeeping operations, and significant experience in working with Government and other key stakeholders in conflict and post-conflict settings.  He has over 30 years of United Nations, Government and diplomatic service experience, 21 of which he served with the Organization in the field including in Liberia, Iraq-Kuwait, Sierra Leone and Somalia.

Educated at the University of Zimbabwe, Mr. Zenenga graduated in public administration and political science. He also received diplomatic training from the Australian Development Assistance Bureau.

Mr. Zenenga is married and has three children. 

 

Peter de Clercq, Deputy Special Representative, United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative

On 18 June 2015, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Mr. Peter de Clercq of the Netherlands as his Deputy Special Representative, United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative.

Mr. de Clercq brings to the position solid experience in managing political processes, security sector development, operations and  emergency management, protection of civilians and rule of law, as well  as mobilization and management of humanitarian and development assistance.  His most recent assignment was that of Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). 

Prior to that, he served as Senior Adviser to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia and Deputy Special Representative for Somalia for the United Nations Political Office for  Somalia. He has also served as United Nations Resident Coordinator  and Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim in Sudan and worked with the  United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for 27 years, during  which time he held various positions in its Headquarters in Geneva and  Budapest, as well as in field assignments in Angola, Pakistan, Sudan  and Zimbabwe.  He was also seconded to the Department of  Peacekeeping Operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and  to UNDP in Sudan.

Mr. de Clercq holds a master’s degree in development sociology from the University of Tilburg in the Netherlands and is a graduate of the Netherlands’ Institute for International Affairs “Clingendael” in The Hague.