Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of Mission
Mr. Tarek Mitri
On 12 September 2012, Tarek Mitri was appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).
Mr. Mitri assumed his duties on 17 October 2012, succeeding Ian Martin, of the United Kingdom.
Mr. Mitri, of Lebanon, hails from a distinguished academic background and has held several Ministerial portfolios with the Government of Lebanon from April 2005 through June 2011, including in Administrative Reform, Environment, Foreign Affairs, Culture and Information.
Prior to joining the Lebanese Government, Mr. Mitri was the Coordinator for Interreligious Relations and Dialogue at the World Council of Churches in Geneva (1991-2005) and Program Director for the Christian-Muslim Dialogue at the Middle East Council of Churches (1984-1991).
Most recently, Mr. Mitri held the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Chair on Dialogue at Saint Joseph University in Beirut and served as a Senior Fellow at the American University of Beirut, Fares Center for Public Policy and International Affairs. He has also taught at Harvard University, the Amsterdam Free University, the University of Geneva and the University of Balamand in Lebanon.
Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator
Mr. Georg Charpentier
On 19 September 2011, Georg Charpentier was appointed by the Secretary-General as Deputy Special Representative for Libya and Resident Coordinator.
Mr. Charpentier, of Finland, brings extensive humanitarian and development experience to his new position. Before assuming the post in Tripoli, he served as Deputy Special Representative for the Sudan and United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in that country.
He was previously Deputy Special Representative in Côte d’Ivoire; United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Burkina Faso; United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Burundi; Senior Deputy Resident Representative in Ethiopia; and UNDP Resident Representative, ad interim, and Humanitarian Coordinator, ad interim, in Congo. He has also served as Deputy Resident Representative in Lesotho and Sao Tome and Principe, and Assistant Resident Representative in Mauritania.
From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Charpentier was the UNDP Deputy Director of the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery in Geneva, covering transition and recovery, small arms and demobilization in countries including Somalia, Sudan, Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire. He was also seconded for two years to the World Food Programme (WFP) at the secretariat of the Programme de Restructuration du Marché Céréalier in Mali. Before joining the United Nations, Mr. Charpentier worked in the private sector.
Mr. Charpentier studied in both Finland and Italy, earning a Master’s Degree in Economics from the Swedish School of Economics University in Helsinki, and a Science Diploma from Instituto Massimo in Rome.