Leadership

Mr. Martin Kobler

Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of Mission

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.

Maria do Valle Ribeiro

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

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.