Leadership

 

Mr Zahir Tanin


Special Representative of the Secretary-General
and Head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK)

The United Nations Secretary-General announced the appointment of Zahir Tanin as his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) on 19 August 2015.

Prior to this assignment, Mr Tanin was the Permanent Representative and Ambassador of Afghanistan at the United Nations from 2006 to 2015. During his tenure as Permanent Representative, Mr Tanin also served in a number of other significant roles within the United Nations. He was elected as a Vice-President of the 63rd, 65th and 67th Sessions of the General Assembly on behalf of the Asian Group. In this capacity Mr Tanin served as acting President of the General Assembly several times including during High-Level General Assembly Sessions. As Permanent Representative of Afghanistan, Mr Tanin has participated in high-level meetings and has delivered statements on behalf of the Government of Afghanistan in the Security Council, General Assembly, and other events at the UN in New York and around the world.

Mr Tanin was appointed Chair of the Intergovernmental Negotiations (IGN) on Security Council Reform and Vice-Chair of the Open-ended Working Group during the 63rd General Assembly in 2008. As Chair of the IGN, Mr Tanin presided over eight rounds of negotiations and produced the negotiating text as the basis of engagement of member states in search of reaching an ultimate agreement on Council reform. Mr Tanin was reappointed to chair the negotiations during the next five consecutive General Assembly sessions. In this capacity he attended a number of convenings across the globe, including in Brazil, China, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Qatar, and Turkey. His key remarks from these visits along with other statements were published in Afghanistan on the World Stage in 2014.

In 2014 Mr Tanin was appointed Chair of the Fifth Biennial Meeting of States (BMS5) to Consider Meeting the Implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects.

On behalf of Afghanistan, Mr Tanin also served as a Vice Chair of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, and has chaired or attended numerous global meetings in this capacity.

Before his appointment as Permanent Representative of Afghanistan and Ambassador to the United Nations, Mr Tanin worked for more than a decade with the BBC including as an editor for the BBC World Service, Afghanistan and Central Asia from 2001 to 2003 and as an Editor for Afghanistan of the BBC Persian/Pashto Section from 2003 to 2006.  Amongst other programmes and publications, his corresponding landmark 29-part program, The Oral History of Afghanistan in the 20th Century, was broadcast on the BBC.

Before joining the BBC, Mr Tanin was a research fellow in International Relations at the London School of Economic and Political Science (LSE) of the University of London for two years. During this time he co-authored The Communist Regime in Afghanistan, a study of the political and social changes in Afghanistan from 1978 to 1992, which was published in Europe Asia Studies.  He also authored Afghanistan in the Twentieth Century.

In 1980 Mr Tanin began work as a journalist in Kabul. He was Editor-in-Chief of Akhbar-e-Haftah and Sabawoon Magazine until 1992 and served as the Vice President of the Journalist Union of Afghanistan from 1987-1992.

Mr Tanin was born in Afghanistan in 1956.  He received his Medical Doctorate (MD) from Kabul Medical University and is fluent in English, Pashto, and Dari and also speaks French and Russian. He is married to Dr Zarghoona Sediq Tanin and has two children.

 

Simona-Mirela Miculescu
 
Representative of the UN Secretary-General,
Head of the UN Office in Belgrade

Simona-Mirela Miculescu has been serving as Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the UN Office in Belgrade since July 2015. Prior to this, she was the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of Romania to the United Nations between 2008 and 2015. During her 24 years of diplomatic career, she served as Spokesperson for the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as Senior Media Advisor to the Minister (1993 and 1999), as Director of the Press Department within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (1994 and 2008), as Press Secretary of the Romanian Embassy in Washington D.C. (1994-1998), and as Senior Public Information Officer at the Mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Kosovo (1999-2000).
 
Between 2000 and 2004, she served as Foreign Policy Adviser to the President of Romania (with rank of minister), becoming the first woman in the Romanian diplomatic history to be granted the rank of Ambassador.
 
Between 2006 and 2007, as part of Bearing Point, she acted as Senior Advisor for Public Outreach to the Government of Iraq, within a USAID-funded project.
 
Simona-Mirela Miculescu also has an academic background, as well as an extensive experience in public communication. Starting with her PhD in Literature, her academic career - as a professor of International Public Relations at two Romanian universities and as publisher of several books and tens of articles - went in parallel with her evolution in diplomacy. In Romania, she is known as one of the best experts in the area of the management of international public relations, as she developed the first curricula on this topic, which has been now used in several Romanian universities.
 
During her term in New York, Simona-Mirela Miculescu held several positions including: Vice-President of the UNICEF Executive Board, Vice-President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, Vice-President of the Bureau of the Francophonie, Chair of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee of the General Assembly during its 66th Session, Vice-President of the UN General Assembly for its 68th Session, and Chair of the 53rd Session of the UN Commission for Social Development.

 

Christopher Coleman

Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG)

Christopher Coleman was appointed Deputy Special Representative for the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) on 23 December 2015. Until his appointment, he had been serving as Deputy Director of the Africa II Division (Central, North and West Africa) in the Department of Political Affairs (DPA) of the United Nations since August 2013.
 
Mr. Coleman has played a central role from 2006 to present in strengthening the UN’s practical work in the prevention and mediation of armed conflict. As Chief of the Mediation Support Unit, from 2006 to 2013, he also carried out special assignments as Director of the Civilian Capacities Project and as a Director at the Office of the United Nations Secretary-General.
 
From 2005 to 2006, Mr. Coleman was Deputy Director of DPA’s Africa 1 Division, dealing with the Greater Horn of Africa, Africa’s Great Lakes Region and Southern Africa.
 
From 2001 to 2005, he was Team Leader for East Africa in the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations.  In that position he provided strategic direction to the peacekeeping mission that maintained the ceasefire between Ethiopia and Eritrea; played an active role in the three-year peace talks leading to the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the Government of Sudan and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (the “North-South Agreement”); and led UN planning for the peacekeeping operation which supported the implementation of that agreement.  He also worked extensively with the African Union (AU) in helping it to strengthen its peacekeeping operation in Darfur (Western Sudan).
 
From 1993 to 2001 Mr. Coleman was Chief of Policy and Analysis in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations.  From 1990 to 1993, as a consultant to major troop contributors and to the UN System, he designed training programmes on the civilian aspects of peacekeeping. From 1984 to 1990 he held a series of positions at the International Peace Academy, including Director of Peacekeeping Training and Director of Conflict Resolution Studies. From 1983 to 84 he worked at the Organization of American States, focusing on the Central American conflict.
 
Mr. Coleman holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Texas Christian University and a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.  He has been a Visiting Fellow at Brown and Yale Universities and has authored a number of articles on UN peacekeeping, the exercise of leverage in peace processes, and UN reform.

 

Ambassador Jan Braathu


Head of OSCE Mission in Kosovo / Deputy Special
Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG)


Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG)Ambassador Jan Braathu of Norway is the Head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo since 1 October 2016. Before taking up this post, he was Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina (2006-2011), and to Kosovo and Albania (2011-2016). A Norwegian diplomat since 1985, Ambassador Braathu has extensive experience and knowledge of the Western Balkans. He holds a PhD degree in Political Science from the University of Oslo

 

Danilo Rosales-Diaz     

Head of Mitrovica Regional Office

Mr. Rosales-Díaz joined UNMIK as the Head of the Mitrovica Regional Office in October 2016, after serving as Team Leader of the Europe Integrated Operational team in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations at UNHQ in New York (August 2012 to October 2016).  Prior to his resumption of duties with the UN civil service, he was Deputy Permanent Representative of Nicaragua to the United Nations from May 2007 to August 2012, in charge of Fifth and Second Committee matters as well as Security Council issues. As such he was elected Vice Chair of the Fifth Committee during the 64th Session of the General Assembly (2009/2010). He led numerous intergovernmental negotiations on behalf of Nicaragua, the Group of 77 and China and the Non-Aligned Movement.

Mr. Rosales-Díaz had previously served as Special Adviser of the Minister of Foreign Affairs (January to April 2007) and had also been appointed Consul General of Nicaragua in The Hague, Netherlands (October 2003 to June 2004), Minister Counsellor of the Embassy of Nicaragua in Germany (July 1997 to January 1999), as well as First Secretary of the Permanent Mission of Nicaragua to the United Nations Organisation and other International Organisations in Geneva (January 1995 to June 1997).

In between, he also served a first tour of duty with UNMIK in Kosovo (1999/2000) as Civil Affairs Officer, and twice as Political Affairs Officer in the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC, 2002/2003 and 2004/2006) where he completed his tenure as Chief of the Political Section in the Regional Office of Bukavu, South Kivu. He was also Climate Change Policy Analyst, at the Centre for Sustainable Development in the Americas, Washington D.C. and Managua, Nicaragua (2000/2001).

Mr. Rosales Díaz graduated in Law from the University of Paris I-Panthéon Sorbonne and is a sworn lawyer and notary of the Republic of Nicaragua.  He speaks fluently English, French, Spanish; possesses a good level of Italian; has a good understanding of German and a basic knowledge of Arabic and Serbo-croat.

 

Sandi Arnold


Chief of Mission Support

Sandi Arnold joined UNMIK as the Chief Mission Support in February 2017.

Ms. Arnold brings to the position over 19 years of experience at the United Nations, including in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the Department of Field Support, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).  Ms. Arnold has significant experience in management, operations, peacekeeping, humanitarian affairs, public information, information analysis, and nonproliferation. 

Her most recent positions included Deputy Director of Operations for UNRWA Office in Damascus, Syria, Senior Management Analyst (on loan to OUSG/Department of Management) for the UMOJA Headquarters Deployment Group in New York, DPKO/DFS Ebola Crisis Team Leader in New York, and Deputy Chief of Staff of UNMISS in Juba, South Sudan.  She has served the United Nations system in several Headquarters and field duty stations including Abyei, Baghdad, Damascus, Ed Damazin, Freetown, Juba, Khartoum, New York, and Vienna.

Ms. Arnold holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and a Master of Arts degree in International Policy Studies, with a specialization in nonproliferation studies, from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California.

 

Leonid Markaryan


Head of Office of Community Support and Facilitation

Leonid Liebknecht Markaryan has served in different capacities in UNMIK since February 2000, starting as Head of Victims Recovery and Identification Unit, an later on as Deputy KPC Coordinator, Deputy Director of Civil Administration and Director of the Kosovo Property Agency.

 
In the past, L. Markaryan held a number of senior positions in both the state and public bodies of the Russian Federation, including diplomatic service. His last employment before joining UNMIK was with the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation as State Councilor and International Adviser .
 
Mr. Markaryan holds an M.A. degree in Foreign Languages and International Relations from the Military Academy of Foreign Languages of the USSR. He is married with four children.

 

 

Fabiola de Freitas


Chief of Staff

Ms. Fabíola de Freitas assumed her duties as UNMIK Chief of Staff on 28 February 2013. She has extensive international experience including relevant practice in senior positions in political, management, strategic planning, administrative and advisory roles in several UN peace operations (Haiti, South Africa, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Timor-Leste, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Darfur and the Democratic Republic of the Congo).

 
She has also worked at the New York Office of the UN Centre for Human Rights; the UN Department of Political Affairs (Security Council Subsidiary Organs Branch) and the UN Department of Field Support. Prior to her service with the United Nations, Ms. de Freitas was with the Brazilian Foreign Service and served in Dakar (Senegal) and New York.
 
Ms. de Freitas holds a Master’s degree in Political Science/Latin American Studies from New York University, a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Brasília, and a certificate in Environmental Management with specialization in International Environmental Policy from Tufts University (through a UN Environment Programme Fellowship). She speaks English and French and is a native Portuguese-speaker.

 

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