Mr. Ghassan Salamé

Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of Mission

On 22 July 2017, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced the appointment of Ghassan Salamé of Lebanon as his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).

Mr. Ghassan Salamé brings to this position over three decades of experience in public service and academia. In 2003, he served as the Political Advisor to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), where he played a crucial role in bringing together Iraqi factions. He was then appointed as Senior Advisor to the Secretary-General (2003-2007, 2012). In 2016, he joined the Commission on the Rakhine State (Myanmar) chaired by Mr. Kofi Annan.

For most of his career, Mr. Salamé was professor of International Relations at Sciences-Po (Paris) and he is the founding Dean of its Paris School of International Affairs - PSIA. Mr. Salamé received a B.A. and M.A. in Public Law from Saint-Joseph University in Lebanon, Ph.Ds. in Humanities from Paris III Sorbonne- Nouvelle University and in Political Science from the Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University.

Born in 1951, he is married and has two daughters.

Maria do Valle Ribeiro

Deputy Special Representative and Deputy Head of UNSMIL

On 8th November 2016, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon appointed Maria do Valle Ribeiro of Ireland as his new 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, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Ms. do Valle Ribeiro succeeds Ali H. Al-Za’tari of Jordan, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his dedicated service during his tenure in Libya, and for his contribution to the coordination of the United Nations system in that country.

Ms. do Valle Ribeiro brings with her 30 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.  Most recently, she served as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Guinea-Bissau (2014-2016) and as United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Angola (2010-2014) as well as Mauritania (2008-2010).

She held various senior positions with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), including Regional Chief of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation in the Regional Office for West and Central Africa (2006-2008); Representative for Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago (2004-2006); and Deputy Representative in Algeria (2002-2004).

Before joining the United Nations, she worked for Save the Children (1992-1999) and for Concern Worldwide (1984-1990).

Born in Portugal in 1957, Ms. do Valle Ribeiro holds a Master of Science degree in economic development, policy and planning from the University of Wales, in the United Kingdom.

Stephanie T. Williams

Deputy Special Representative for Political Affairs in Libya

On 2 July 2018, Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Stephanie T. Williams of the United States of America as his Deputy Special Representative for Political Affairs in Libya. 
Ms. Williams was formerly Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. at the United States Embassy in Tripoli (Libya External Office).  She brings more than 24 years of experience in Government and International Affairs, including as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Missions in Iraq (2016-2017), Jordan (2013-2015) and Bahrain (2010-2013), where she led the Embassy as Chargé d’Affaires for 10 months.  She also served as a Senior Adviser on Syria and at the U.S. Embassies in the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Pakistan.  In Washington, she served as the Jordan Desk Officer, the Deputy Director of Egypt and Levant Affairs, and the Director of the Maghreb Office.  Prior to joining the U.S. Department of State, she worked in the private sector in Bahrain.
Married with two children, Ms. Williams graduated with honours from the University of Maryland in 1987 with a double degree in Economics and Government Relations.  In 1989, she earned a Master’s Degree in Arab Studies from Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies.  She is a Distinguished Graduate of the National War College, where she earned a Master’s Degree in National Security Studies in 2008.  She is a career Middle East specialist and an Arabic speaker.