United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Yacoub El Hillo of Sudan as the new Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General (DSRSG) of the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).
The Secretary General made the appointment on June 27th.
According to the UN Secretary General, Yacoub will also serve as the United Nations Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) while carrying out his duties.
He succeeds Antonio Vigilante of Italy, who concluded his assignment last month.
The new DSRSG brings to the position a wealth of experience in the field and at the United Nations Headquarters. Since August 2013, he has served as the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Damascus, Syria.
Prior to his assignment in Syria, he served at the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as Director for the Middle East and North Africa in Geneva, since November 2010, a press release said.
Yacoub was the UNHCR Regional Representative to the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (2009-2010); UNHCR Representative in Tanzania (2006-2009); Deputy Reconstruction and Humanitarian Coordinator, United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) in Baghdad (2005-2006); UNHCR Chief of Mission in Iraq (2003-2005); and he was the Chef de Cabinet of the High Commissioner’s Office at UNHCR Headquarters (2001-2002).
He also served in a number of other assignments since joining the United Nations in 1989, in his native Sudan (1989-1991), Kenya (1991-1993), Somalia (1993-1994), Tanzania (1994-1996), Liberia (1996-1999), and Geneva (1999-2002) and at the United Nations Headquarters in New York (2002-2003).
Yacoub graduated with a Bachelor of Law degree (LLB) from the University of Khartoum, Sudan, in 1986. He was born in 1963 and is married with five children.