Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of Mission
Mr. Martin Kobler
On 4 November 2015 , Martin Kobler was appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).
Mr. Kobler assumed his duties on 17 November 2015, succeeding Bernardino León , of Spain.
Mr. Kobler brings to this position more than 30 years of senior United Nations and Foreign Service experience, serving since 2013 as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). Prior to this, he was Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) (2011-2013) and Deputy Special Representative with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) (2010-2011).
Mr. Kobler held several positions with the German government, notably as Director-General for Culture and Communication in the Foreign Affairs Ministry and as Ambassador to Iraq and Egypt. He was also Chef de Cabinet to former Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer and Deputy Chef de Cabinet. He served as Deputy Head of the Foreign Ministry’s Balkan Task Force and established in 1994 the German representation to the Palestinian Authority in Jericho.
Mr. Kobler holds a law degree from the University of Bonn.
Born in 1953, he is married and has three children.
Deputy Special Representative and Deputy Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL)
Ms. Maria do Valle Ribeiro
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed on 08 November 2016 Maria do Valle Ribeiro of Ireland as his Deputy Special Representative and Deputy Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), where she will also serve as United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative.
Ms. do Valle Ribeiro succeeded Mr. Ali Al Za’tari of Jordan, who served as Deputy Special Representative since April 2015.
Ms. do Valle Ribeiro possesses more than 25 years of development and humanitarian experience in progressively senior leadership positions with the United Nations and international non-governmental organizations in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.
Prior to joining UNSMIL, Ms. Do Valle Ribeiro served as the Deputy Special Representative in Guinea-Bissau and was the United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Angola. She also served as United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Mauritania from 2008 to 2010.
Ms. do Valle Ribeiro held various senior positions with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), including Regional Chief of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation in the Regional Office for West and Central Africa from 2006 to 2008; Representative for Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago from 2004 to 2006, and Deputy Representative in Algeria from 2002 to 2004 and Chief of Planning in Angola from 200 to 2002.
Prior to entry in the UN, Ms Ribeiro worked extensively with INGO’s, namely Save the Children UK in Liberia, Burkina Faso, Angola and the Caribbean and with Concern in Bangladesh and Mozambique.
Born in Portugal, Ms. do Valle Ribeiro holds a Master of Economic Science degree in Development Policy and Planning from the University of Wales (United Kingdom).
Senior Security Advisor
Lieutenant General Paolo SERRA
In November 2015, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon appointed Lieutenant General Paolo SERRA as Senior Security Advisor to UNSMIL (Libya) in order to support the peaceful transition of powers.
LTG SERRA brings to this position 40 years of military service during which he was deploy in Peacekeeping Operations and he held several positions in Italy and abroad notably as Army Attaché – in US and Mexico, Military Advisor for the Italian Permanent Mission at UN.
Previously as Major General, in January 2012, SG Ban Ki-Moon appointed him as Head of Mission of UNIFIL (Lebanon), during which he assumed for 30 months the command of 12,000 men and women from 37 Countries, ensuring the cessation of hostilities between Lebanon and Israel. Earlier he was deploy in Afghanistan and the Balkans.
LTG SERRA graduated in the Italian Military Academy in 1975. He earned the Bachelor degree in Strategic Science and the Master in Strategic Studies.
He is married and has one daughter.
During his spare time he fully enjoys his family and outdoor activities.