Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed of Mauritania was appointed UN Special Envoy for Yemen on 25 April 2015. He holds an Advanced Certificate in Economics and Social Policy Analysis from the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance — a course run by Dr. Franziska Gassmann.
In a statement, a UN spokesperson said that Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed will work closely with the members of the UN Security Council, the Gulf Cooperation Council, governments in the region and other partners, as well as the UN Country Team for Yemen.
Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed moves to his new post from a position as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER) and prior to that he worked as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Deputy Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), UN Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and UN Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative.
He has also served as Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Syria and Yemen and held several positions with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and he brings over three decades of experience in development, humanitarian and political issues with the Government of Mauritania and the UN in Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.
Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed holds a Master’s in Human Resources Development from the University of Manchester (UK), a Bachelor’s in Economics from the University of Montpellier (France), and an Advanced Certificate in Economics and Social Policy Analysis from the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance (the Netherlands). The last of these was a course run for UNICEF in 2006 by Dr. Franziska Gassmann.
An earlier version of this news article appeared on the UN News Centre website on 25 April 2015.