Swedish Diplomat, Former Special Advisor to the President of the African Development Bank
Mr. Bo Göransson has a long diplomatic career with various past assignments in Sweden as well as in Sudan, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda and other African countries. For almost a decade, he was a Director General and Chairman of the Board of Sida, Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency. This was followed by appointments as Swedish Ambassador to Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, Seychelles, and Comoros and EU spokesman on development assistance, among else. In 2006-2007, Mr. Göransson served as a Member of the Four Nations Initiative to assess reforms of the UN, and was responsible for drafting a Swedish Government Communication to Parliament on relations with Africa. In 2008-2010 – Special Advisor to the President of the African Development Bank.
Over years, Mr. Göransson has been a consultant and a lecturer in Europe and Africa as well as a board member of various Swedish organisations and institutions active in the area of development. He is also an author of around 100 articles and several books on politics and development issues.
Chief, Integrated Training Service (ITS), Policy Evaluation and Training Division, UN Departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Field Support
Mark Pedersen has served with the UN since 1993. The majority of his service has been in the field where he has worked as a civil affairs officer and a political affairs officer. At headquarters in New York he has worked on policy, political, training and mission support issues. He is currently the Chief of the Integrated Training Service within the Policy, Evaluation and Training Division. Prior to joining the UN, he served in the New Zealand Army in the Royal New Zealand Artillery from 1977 to 1993.
Former Military Adviser for Peacekeeping Operations and Former Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL)
Lieutenant General Obiakor is former Military Adviser for Peacekeeping Operations and former Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). LGen Obiakor has had a long and distinguished career with the Nigerian Army, beginning in 1973. He served as the General Officer Commanding, Second Mechanized Division, of the Nigerian Army, as Commander of the Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) Artillery Brigade in Liberia in 1996 and 1997, and as ECOMOG Chief Coordinator of the Liberian elections in July 1997. He has also served as Chief of Administration of the Nigerian Army, with responsibility for the welfare, discipline and medical services for all Nigerian military personnel.
Born on 18 February 1951, Lieutenant General Obiakor is a graduate of the National War College in Abuja. He holds a Master of Science degree in strategic studies from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, and has participated in numerous international military courses.
Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict
Zainab Hawa Bangura of Sierra Leone assumed her position as Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict at the level of Under-Secretary-General on 4 September 2012. In this capacity, she serves as Chair of the interagency network, UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict (UN Action).
Ms. Bangura has over 20 years of policy, diplomatic and practical experience in the field of governance, conflict resolution and reconciliation in Africa. She served most recently as Minister of Health and Sanitation for the Government of Sierra Leone, and was previously Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the second woman in Sierra Leone to occupy this position. She was also Chief Adviser and Spokesperson of the President on bilateral and international issues. Ms. Bangura has been instrumental in developing national programmes on affordable health, advocating for the elimination of genital mutilation, managing the country’s Peace Building Commission and contributing to the multilateral and bilateral relations with the international community. She has deep experience engaging with State and non-State actors on issues relevant to sexual violence, including engaging with rebel groups.
Ms. Bangura has on-the-ground experience with peacekeeping operations from within the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), where she managed the largest civilian component of the Mission, promoting capacity-building of government institutions and community reconciliation. She is an experienced and results-driven civil society, human and women’s rights campaigner and democracy activist, fighting corruption and impunity, notably as Executive Director of the National Accountability Group, Chair and Co-founder of the Movement for Progress Party of Sierra Leone, as well as Coordinator and Co-founder of the Campaign for Good Governance.
She has received numerous national and international awards, including the Africa International Award of Merit for Leadership, the Reagan-Fascell Democracy Fellowship, the Bayard Rustin Humanitarian Award, the Human Rights Award from the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, the National Endowment for Democracy’s Democracy Award, and the African American Institute’s Distinguished Alumna Award.
Ms. Bangura is a former fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute of London, with Diplomas in Insurance Management from the City University Business School of London and Nottingham University. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone.
Director of the Centre for International Peace Operations (ZIF)
Since 2009, Dr. Almut Wieland-Karimi is the Director of the Centre for International Peace Operations (ZIF), in Berlin. She is member of the Advisory Board of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), member of the Senior Advisory Council of the Bundeswehr Command and Staff College (Führungsakademie der Bundeswehr) and the Honorary Executive Director of the NGO “Mediothek Afghanistan e.V.”.
After her PhD, obtained in 1995 at the Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) of the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin, Dr. Almut Wieland-Karimi worked from 1998 to 2009 for the Friedrich Ebert Foundation covering different positions in different countries. From 1998 to 1999 she was Project Assistant in the Argentinean office in Buenos Aires; from 2000 to 2002 she has been Desk Officer for the Development Cooperation and Conflict Transformation programme in both Bonn and Berlin; and from 2003 to 2005 Dr. Almut Wieland-Karimi worked as Founding Director in the newly established Friedrich Ebert Foundation office in Kabul. Finally, from 2006 to 2009, she acted as Country Director for USA and Canada for the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Washington DC.
Dr. Wieland-Karimi has an extensive list of publications that moves from her PhD dissertation on the Islamic mysticism in Afghanistan (Islamische Mystik in Afghanistan: die strukturelle Einbindung der Sufik in die Gesellschaft) to her most recent publication “Germany - a Civilian Power”.
Executive Director of Kofi Annan Foundation and Former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General to the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Mr. Alan Doss is Senior Political Advisor at the Kofi Annan Foundation. He is Former Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He spent his entire professional life in the service of the United Nations working on peacekeeping, development and humanitarian assignments in Africa, Asia and Europe as well as at United Nations Headquarters in New York.
He was appointed, in 2007, by Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Head of the UN peace keeping mission (MONUC). Immediately prior to this assignment, he was the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Liberia and head of the UN mission (UNMIL). Moreover, Mr Doss had previously served as the Principal Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Côte d’Ivoire and deputy head of the United Nations Mission (ONUCI), as the Deputy UN Special Representative in Sierra Leone and deputy head of the UN Mission (UNAMSIL) while serving concurrently United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative. Until his appointment in Sierra Leone Mr Doss also held the position of Director of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG), where he managed the implementation of reforms aimed to improve the performance of UN operational activities around the world.
Mr Doss had previously served as United Nations Resident Coordinator and Regional Representative of the UNDP in Bangkok, Thailand and Director of the United Nations Border Relief Operation (UNBRO), in charge of United Nations assistance to hundreds of thousands of displaced Cambodians on the Thai-Cambodia border before their repatriation to Cambodia.
Mr Doss has written numerous articles on development, peace keeping and peace building. He delivered the 2009 Nelson Mandela Lecture on Africa at the Royal United Services Institute in London and the 2010 Count Folke Bernadotte Memorial Lecture on Protection and Peacekeeping at the United Nations Association of the United Kingdom. He has been a guest speaker and lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson Centre in Washington D.C, the International Peace Institute in New York.
Senior Advisor (Democratic Governance) of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Former Director and Chief Governance Advisor, Democratic Governance Support Unit, Integrated Mission in Timor Leste (UNMIT)
Mr. Ken Inoue has a distinguished experience in serving United Nations for more than thirty years. He was a Director and Chief Governance Advisor, in Democratic Governance Support Unit, in the Integrated Mission in Timor Leste (UNMIT), in Dili. Prior to joining to UNMIT, he served as a Director, in Industry Department, in Asian Productivity Organization (APO), in Tokyo.
Mr. Ken Inoue served as a Municipal Administrator (Skenderaj/Srbica), in United Nations Interim Administrative Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). Prior to that, he was a Programme & Trust Fund Manager, in United Nations Volunteers (UNV), in Geneva & Bonn for four years, Programme Development and Management Officer, in United Nations Volunteers (UNV), in Geneva, and he served as Regional Humanitarian Affairs Officer, United Nations Operations in Somalia II (UNOSOM II), in Baidoa, Somalia.
Former Police Commissioner of United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), the United Nations Stabilization Mission In Haiti (MINUSTAH) and the Integrated Mission in Timor Leste (UNMIT)
Mr Luis Miguel Carrilho took up his functions as Police Commissioner of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Mission Stabilization in Central Africa Republic on 13 September 2014.
Police Commissioner Carrilho first joined the United Nations in 1996, working primarily on training of civilian police with the United Nations Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNMIBH) until 1998. In 2000-2001 he returned to UN peacekeeping with the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET).
At that time, Mr Carrilho served as the Director of the Timor-Leste Police Training College and as Spokesman for the United Nations Police Commissioner for UNTAET.
He was then appointed as Police Commissioner of the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT), where he served from February 2009 to the end of the Mission on December 2012.
In January 2013 he was appointed Police Commissioner of the United Nations Mission Stabilization in Haiti and he served in that function UNTIL September 2014.
Mr Carrilho previously worked at the office of the President of the Republic of Portugal as the Head of Security, where he was responsible for overseeing the safety and security of the President and his Office.
He also served as the Commander of Close Protection of the Public Security Police, commanding the provision of security protection for national principals and foreign dignities visiting Portugal. In the late 1990s, he worked as the Chief of Cabinet of the Director of the Police College in Portugal.
Former India’s Ambassador to Hungary, Vietnam, and Nepal
Mr. Ranjit Rae is an Indian diplomat with over 30 years of experience in the Indian Foreign Service, which includes participation in complex negotiations both at bilateral and multilateral levels and extensive work in conflict areas/crisis situations. Having started his career path in Vienna, where he acquired proficiency in German, he has since held various positions in international and state organizations/bodies, including the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations, the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), as well as Offices of the Minister of External Affairs and of the President of India, where Mr. Rae served as a Press Secretary to the President. As a Senior Policy Advisor to the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), Mr. Rae worked in close collaboration with the UN Assistant Secretary General within the Department for Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) on issues related to field operations.
In his past role as a Joint Secretary (North) at the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, Mr. Rae was seen as one of the architects of the 12-point agreement signed in 2005 in New Delhi between then seven-party Alliance of Nepal and the CPN (Maoist). The pact initiated the peace process in Nepal, encouraged Maoist rebels to join the peace process and made the first Constituent Assembly elections a reality. Those efforts culminated in the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2006.
Recently, Mr. Rae has served as Ambassador of India to Hungary (with concurrent accreditation as Ambassador to Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina) (2006-2010) and then Ambassador of India to Vietnam (2010-2013), where he reinvigorated bilateral defence and trade cooperation. Until early 2017, Mr. Rae was the Ambassador of India to Nepal, using his tenure to revitalise the bilateral relationship and to actively work on the implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement with Nepali political leaders and other stakeholders.
Mr. Rae holds a Post-Graduate Degree in Economics with a strong grounding in organizational matters, including strategic planning, budgeting and personnel issues.