OFFICE OF THE HEAD OF MISSION
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AMBASSADOR FATIMA KYARI MOHAMMED

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 spans more than two decades with a focus on peace, security, socio-economic development, regional integration, organizational development, and project management in the public and private sectors. Her academic background is in 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 an Eisenhower Fellow and has been awarded the ExxonMobil Distinguished Fellow Award in 2017.

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MS MICHELLE T. SENGHORE

Assistant to the Ambassador

Ms. Michelle T. Senghore is the administrative assistant of the Ambassador.  Her role is to provide secretarial and administrative support to the Ambassador.  She is also the liaison between the Head of Mission’s Office and Headquarters in Addis Ababa, as well as with the United Nations.  She is well trained in the field of bilingual secretarial studies and has several years of experience in working with international organizations.

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ALHAJI SARJOH BAH, PhD

Chief Advisor on Peace, Security and Governance

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.

MR. MOHAMMED ABUBAKAR BAGOBIRI

Special Advisor, Political Affairs

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.

MRS. LORRAINE KEPEDEN

Communications Advisor

Lorraine Kepeden is in charge of communication. She has over ten years of experience in communications 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.

ECONOMIC & SOCIAL AFFAIRS
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MR. AYOUP Z. ELRASHDI

Senior Advisor, Economic 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.

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MS. PUSELETSO ADELINAH MOLATO

Adviser, Economic and Social Affairs

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.

POLITICAL AFFAIRS
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MR. SALEM MATUG

Advisor, Political Affairs

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.

FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION
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MR. SESHIME DOVLO

Assistant Accountant

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.

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MR. YOSEF DEGU

Administrative Officer

Mr. Yosef Degu is a Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA), UK with a wide range of accounting, auditing and administration experience. He holds Bachelor of Art in Economics and Diploma in Accounting from Addis Ababa University. He has more than fifteen years of work experience and more than 10 years in the African Union Head Quarters. He is now in charge of all administrative aspects which mainly includes Human Resources, IT and Procurement among others, and gives hands to finance whenever necessary.

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MRS. ANNA ABEBE

Administrative Assistant

Ms. Anna Abebe is an administrative assistant. She coordinates the activities of the African Group of Ambassadors, 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 Administration and management related issues.

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MR. ABDUL DIAWARA CADRIME NATHALI

Driver/Messenger

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.

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MR. TESFAYE TAMRAT

Courier & Logistics

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.

CONFERENCE & DOCUMENTATION
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MRS. MIRRIAM OMALA-GAUVIN

Adviser, Meetings and Conference Management

Ms. Mirriam Omala-Gauvin is responsible for the management 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.

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MR. SIMON YOROU RAPHAEL

Adviser, Conference Management & Documentation

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.