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 of the Secretary General, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator
Mr. Mr. Ali H. Al-Za’tari
On 24 April 2015, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Mr. Ali H. Al-Za’tari of Jordan as his new Deputy Special Representative and Deputy Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), where he will also serve as United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Mr. Al-Za’tari succeeds Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed of Mauritania who served as Deputy Special Representative from March to December 2014.
Mr. Al-Za’tari brings with him 35 years of experience with the United Nations in development and humanitarian assistance in the Middle East and Africa. Most recently, he served as United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Sudan (2012-2015) and as Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director in UNDP’s Bureau of Management (2007-2012).
He has also served as United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Syria (2004-2007) and Senior Policy Adviser in UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Arab States Directorate (2001-2003). Prior to this, he was posted in Libya, Iraq and Kuwait.
Mr. Al-Za’tari holds a Diploma in Environmental Economics from Harvard University, a Masters degree in Social Sciences from Syracuse University and a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts from Western Maryland College.