OFFICE OF THE HEAD OF MISSION

Ambassador Fatima Kyari Mohammed is the Permanent Observer of the African Union to the United Nations. Prior to her appointment, she was Senior Advisor to the ECOWAS Commission. Her career spanned more than two decades and focused on peace, security, socio-economic development, regional integration, organizational development and project management in the public and private sectors. She has studied peace, security, development and conflict transformation (University of Innsbruck), responsible management and sustainable economic development (United Nations University for Peace, Costa Rica) and Business Communication (European University, Switzerland). She also holds a degree in Environmental Design (ABU, Zaria, Nigeria). She is one of the Eisenhower Fellows and has been awarded the ExxonMobil Distinguished Fellow Award in 2017.

Head of Mission

AMBASSADOR FATIMA KYARI MOHAMMED

Ms. Marie Dembele Bore is the administrative assistant of the Ambassador. She has been in this position since 2002. Her role is to manage the appointments, meetings and documentation of the Ambassador. She is also the liaison between the Head of Mission's office and headquarters in Addis Ababa, as well as communication with the United Nations. His extensive diplomatic experience includes a visit to the Mission of Mali to the United Nations, the Mission of Gabon to the United Nations and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mali. She has received various certifications, including from the United Nations Institute for Training and Research.

Assistant to the Ambassador

MRS. MARIE DEMBELE BORE

Alhaji Sarjoh Bah is Chief Advisor on Peace, Security and Governance. Prior to his appointment, he worked in policy, academic and research institutions, and was until recently Head of the Crisis Management and Post Conflict Reconstruction Division (CMPCRD) in the Peace and Security Department of the African Union after being AU Representative to the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Among other accomplishments, he established the AU Liaison Office to SADC; led the development of the Regional Strategy for the Stabilization, Recovery and Resilience of the Boko Haram-affected Areas of the Lake Chad Basin Region; the deployment of the AU Technical Support Mission to The Gambia; established the Inter-Departmental Taskforce on PCRD and established the AU Mediation Support Unit (AUMSU). He has published widely in the fields of Peace, Security and Governance.

Chief Advisor on Peace, Security and Governance

ALHAJI SARJOH BAH, PhD

Mr. Mohammed Bagobiri has been Special Advisor to the Ambassador since July 2018. As Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, he has over a decade of experience working in the fields of diplomacy and international affairs. He was formerly Head of Chancery and Head of Political and Economic Affairs at the Nigerian Embassy, as well as of the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the African Union as Head of Chancery and Head of Peace Operations. and Security. He holds a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Maiduguri University.

Special Advisor, Political Affairs

MR. MOHAMMED ABUBAKAR BAGOBIRI

Mr. Latreche has been advising the Ambassador for Peace and Security since October 2014. He addresses issues of peace and security of particular interest to Africa at the United Nations Security Council. He is also the focal point of the non-permanent members of the Security Council of the three African countries (A3). From 2010 to 2014, he served as First Secretary of the Permanent Mission of Algeria to the United Nations, in charge of the 4th and 6th Committees, as well as the Security Council. Previously, he served at the Algerian Ministry for Foreign Affairs, in charge of files pertaining to Human rights and humanitarian Affairs

Senior Advisor, Peace and Security

MR. IDRIS LATRECHE

Ms. Verlaine-Diane Soobroydoo is the Policy Advisor of the African Women's Network (AWLN) for Women, Peace, and Security, a joint AU-UN initiative led by the Office of the AU Special Envoy on Women , Peace and Security and UN Women. She focuses on gender, women, youth, peace and security, combating sexual violence in conflict and children in armed conflict. She is the coordinator of AWLN's group of friends at the United Nations. A graduate of the Sorbonne and Sciences Po, Ms. Soobroydoo holds two master's degrees in political science, law and economics.

Policy Advisor, Women, Peace and Security

MS. VERLAINE-DIANE SOOBROYDO

Lorraine Kepeden is responsible for communication. She has over seven years of experience in communication and journalism in the United States and internationally. She holds two masters degrees in Law and Communication from Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University and Paris II Assas, as well as a Master's Degree in Diplomacy and International Relations from the Institute of International Relations of Cameroon.

Communications Advisor

MRS. LORRAINE KEPEDEN

ECONOMIC & SOCIAL AFFAIRS

Mr. Ayoup Elrashdi is the chief economic officer at the Mission. Since joining the African Union Commission in 2006, he has implemented several policy and strategy analysis programs on industrial development, mineral resource management, multilateral cooperation and sustainable development. He holds a Master's degree in Industrial Engineering from Benghazi University in Libya and a Master's degree in Diplomacy and International Relations from Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey.

Senior Adviser, Economic Affairs

MR. AYOUP Z. ELRASHDI

Mr. SiMohammed El Alaoui has been Senior Advisor on Development and Migration issues since February 2019. He has over 18 years of experience working as Counsellor in charge of Africa-European Union relations at the Mission of Morocco to the EU in Brussels, and as diplomat at the Ministry of Morocco focusing on international cooperation, multilateral issues and communications. He holds a Master’s Degree from Alkhawayn University in France-Morocco on International studies and Diplomacy with a focus on North African and Middle Eastern studies, and a bachelor on International Relations and International Law.

Senior Advisor on Development and Migration

MR.SiMOHAMMED El ALAOUI

Ms. Puseletso Adelinah Molato is an expert representing the Mission in dialogues and negotiations on the Third Commission. Ms. Molato's work covers social, cultural and humanitarian assistance, including social development, human rights, international drug control, trafficking in human beings, health, the elimination of racial discrimination , xenophobia and associated intolerance phenomena. Ms. Molato also advises the African Union Commission on the outcome of the UN plenary consultations in various bodies of the Third Committee and on the interests of African countries.

Adviser, Economic and Social Affairs

MS. PUSELETSO ADELINAH MOLATO

Miss. Mazino Ogbaide recently graduated with a Diploma in International Relations from the University of Leicester U.K. She is passionate about African social affairs and engaged in research on Woman and Child Trafficking while at the University and is developing solutions. Her current area of focus at the Mission is on Economic and Social Affairs.

Adviser/Intern

MS. MAZINO OGBAIDE

POLITICAL AFFAIRS, PEACE & SECURITY

Ms. Louise Bailey has been the lead political officer at the Mission since the year 2000. Her work covers political affairs, including coordinating the work of the United Nations African Ambassadors Group and coordinating the nominating committee. She has been working with the OAU / AU for 33 years in the areas of administration, political affairs, peace, and security. Her assignments include the headquarters in Addis Ababa and the African Union Mission to the United States. She holds a degree in Business Administration from St John's University in New York and other postgraduate degrees.

Senior Adviser, Political Affairs

MS. LOUISE SHARENE BAILEY

Mr. Salem Matug is a political affairs specialist for the UN Fourth Committee and a member of several United Nations bodies responsible for peacekeeping, including the Peacebuilding Commission and the C34 Committee. He was previously a Libyan diplomat in Ethiopia, the African Union Commission, and ECA. He holds a Master's degree in International Studies from the University of Exeter and has taken professional courses in Conflict Prevention and Management from the Institute of Diplomatic Studies in Libya, as well as Preventive Diplomacy from UNITAR.

Adviser, Political Affairs

MR. SALEM MATUG

FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION

Mr. Seshime Dovlo is responsible for all financial and administrative affairs of the Mission. His responsibilities include managing the Mission's finances and expenditures related to operations, human resources, and procurement. He advises on administrative policies and human resources. He coordinates the financial and operational reports of the Head of Mission, the Directorate of Human Resources Management at Headquarters and the Programming and Budgeting Directorate. He holds an MBA in Finance from the Institute of Management and Public Administration of Ghana.

Assistant Accountant

MR. SESHIME DOVLO

Ms. Kane is an administrative assistant. She has been working at the Mission since 2002. Her job is to coordinate the activities of the African Ambassadors Group; the group of African experts in the Main Committees and the Nominations Committee of the African Group. She participates in the organization of conferences and meetings. She also leads the protocol activities and is responsible for the mission internship program. She received training in business English, secretarial and paralegal studies, and business travel.

Administrative Assistant

MRS. MARIEME KANE

Mr. Abdoul D. C. Nathali provides transportation services to the Permanent Representative and other delegates of the AUC. It also facilitates the distribution of letters and documents to the UN and other stakeholders.

Driver/Messenger

MR. ABDUL DIAWARA CADRIME NATHALI

Mr. Tamrat provides transportation services to staff members and delegates, as appropriate. In addition, he assumes administrative support tasks, including the filing, sending and receiving of mail and parcels, and the purchase of office supplies.

Courier & Logistics

MR. TESFAYE TAMRAT

Ms. Mary Arku is in charge of administrative support to the Permanent Observer Mission of the African Union to the United Nations. Ms. Arku is responsible for welcoming visitors to the mission and directing them to the appropriate officers. She also handles incoming telephone correspondence by forwarding requests to the respective departments.

Administrative Assistant/Receptionist

MS. MARY ARKU

CONFERENCE & DOCUMENTATION

Ms. Mirriam Omala-Gauvin is responsible for the management, translation and interpretation of the conferences. She leads meetings for the African Ambassadors Group and serves as a focal point for the group of African ambassador spouses and the diaspora. She is an experienced advisor in the fields of diplomacy, government and business. She holds a degree in Education from the University of Nanterrre and a Master's degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from Fairleigh Dickson University.

Adviser, Meetings and Conference Management

MRS. MIRRIAM OMALA-GAUVIN

Mr. Simon Yorou Raphael is responsible for the documentation and archives of the mission. He prepares and administers documentation for the African Group, experts and other partners at high-level meetings and conferences. He also manages the dissemination of information between the African Union Mission and the United Nations and manages the mission database. He is a multi-lateral professional with 12 years of experience in records management, documentation and project management. He holds a Masters in Project Evaluation and Management from the University of Parakou.

Adviser, Conference Management & Documentation

MR. SIMON YOROU RAPHAEL

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