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.
Lieutenant General Paolo SERRA
UNSMIL Senior Security Advisor
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.