Leadership

 

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.

Yacoub El Hillo 

Deputy Special Representative and Deputy Head of UNSMIL
UN Resident Coordinator & Humanitarian Coordinator 

In June 2019, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed Yacoub El Hillo of Sudan as his Deputy Special Representative at UNSMIL and United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Libya. He will assume his new responsibilities in early September 2019.

In early May 2018, Yacoub was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General as Assistant Secretary-General, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in the Republic of Liberia. He led the United Nations efforts following the successful completion of the mandate of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). From August 2016 to April 2018, Yacoub served as Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and Head of the UNMIL Peace Consolidation Pillar, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Liberia. He was at the rank of Assistant-Secretary General.

From August 2013 to August 2016, he served as United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Syria, based in Damascus. He was at the rank of Assistant Secretary-General. 

Prior to his assignment in Syria, Yacoub was the Director for the Middle East and North Africa in the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva, a position he held from November 2010 to August 2013.  He served as UNHCR Regional Representative to the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries (GCC) based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (2009-2010); UNHCR Representative in the United Republic of Tanzania (2006-2009); Deputy Reconstruction and Humanitarian Coordinator, United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI - Baghdad 2005-2006); UNHCR Chief of Mission in Iraq (2003-2005); Senior International Partnerships Officer, working with the United Nations Fund for International Partnerships (UNFIP - New York 2002-2003); Chef de Cabinet at UNHCR Headquarters (2001-2002), and Executive Assistant to the Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees (1999-2001).

Yacoub also served in a number of other positions since joining the United Nations in 1989, working in his native Sudan (1989-1991), Kenya (1991-1993), Somalia (1993-1994), United Republic of Tanzania (1994-1996) and Liberia (1996-1999).

Born in 1963, Yacoub graduated from the University of Khartoum with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree in 1986.

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.