Anita Kiki Gbeho, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia

Anita Kiki Gbeho is the United Nations Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia. She oversees the work of the Political, Human Rights, Electoral, and Rule of Law and Security components of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM). She is currently serving as the Officer-in-Charge of UNSOM.

Appointed by UN Secretary-General António Guterres in December 2020, Ms. Gbeho brings more than 25 years of experience in strategic planning, coordination and management in political, development and humanitarian affairs at United Nations Headquarters and in field operations. Her work has included establishing high level political and strategic relations with national authorities, regional bodies and partners in conflict and post-conflict environments and diverse settings such as Angola, Cambodia, Iraq, Namibia, Sudan and Somalia.

Prior to UNSOM, Ms. Gbeho served as Deputy Joint Special Representative of the United Nations-African Union Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), where she led the development and implementation of the Mission’s transition strategy. Previously, she was Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative with the United Nations Development Programme in Namibia.  She has also served as Chief of Section in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in New York and as Head of Office for OCHA in Somalia and Southern Sudan.  

Ms. Gbeho holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences and African Studies from the State University of New York, and a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Ghana.




Adam Abdelmoula, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia

Adam Abdelmoula is the United Nations Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, and also serves as the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator.      

Appointed by UN Secretary-General António Guterres in August 2019, Mr. Abdelmoula brings more than thirty years of experience in development, rule of law, human rights and security to his role.    

Prior to his current post, he served as the Director of the UN Human Rights Council and Treaty Mechanisms Divisions at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Previously, he served as the Country Director of the UN Development Programme in Iraq (2013- 2016) and the UN Resident Coordinator in Kuwait and Syria (2010-2013).   

Earlier, Mr. Abdelmoula served as the Chief of Middle East and North Africa Section in OHCHR, and undertook various assignments with the world body in Liberia, Iraq and Somalia.   

Mr. Abdelmoula holds a Bachelor of Laws in Common Law and Islamic Law from the University of Khartoum, a Master of Laws in International Law from Harvard Law School, and a Doctor of Juridical Science in Public International Law from Georgetown University.