Leadership

Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia

On 12 September 2018, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced the appointment of Nicholas Haysom of South Africa as his Special Representative for Somalia and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia. 

Effective 1 October 2018, he succeeds Michael Keating of the United Kingdom, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his exemplary service and leadership of UNSOM.

Mr. Haysom is a lawyer with a long international career with a focus on democratic governance, constitutional and electoral reforms, reconciliation and peace processes.  He is currently the Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, a position he has held since 2016.  Prior to this, he served as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) from 2014 to 2016, and as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan from 2012 to 2014.  He was also Director for Political, Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Affairs in the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General from 2007 to 2012, and Head of the Office of Constitutional Support for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq from 2005 to 2007.

In his earlier career, Mr. Haysom served in the Government of South Africa, including as Chief Legal and Constitutional Adviser in the Office of the President from 1994 to 1999.  He was involved in the Burundi Peace Talks as Chair of the committee negotiating constitutional issues from 1999 to 2002 under the facilitation of the late former President Nelson Mandela.  He was the principal adviser to the Mediator in the Sudanese Peace Process from 2002 to 2005.

Mr. Haysom earned a degree in law from the Universities of Natal and Cape Town in South Africa.  In 2012, he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Cape Town.

Born in 1952, he is married and has five children.

 

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.