Leadership

Special Representative and Head of MINUSCA 

Parfait Onanga-Anyanga

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced, on January 07 2016, the appointment of Parfait Onanga-Anyanga (Gabon) as his Special Representative for the Central African Republic and Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

Mr. Onanga-Anyanga served as the Acting Special Representative for the Central African Republic and Head of MINUSCA since 16 August 2015, when he succeeded Babacar Gaye of Senegal, who served as the first Special Representative of the Secretary-General of MINUSCA.

Mr. Onanga-Anyanga brings with him extensive experience with the United Nations in conflict-affected areas, including in his role as the Coordinator of United Nations Headquarters Response to the Boko Haram crisis since January 2015, and previously as Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Burundi and Head of the United Nations Office in Burundi, as well as Assistant-Secretary-General and System-Wide Senior Coordinator on Burundi (2012-2014).  

From 2007 to 2012, he was the Director of the Office of the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General. Previously, Mr. Onanga-Anyanga was Special Adviser to the President of the sixtieth and sixty-first sessions of the General Assembly from 2005 to 2007 and served as the Chef de Cabinet to the President of the fifty-ninth session of the General Assembly in 2004.

Mr. Onanga-Anyanga holds a post-graduate degree in political science from l’Université Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne, and a Master’s degree in sociology from l’Université Omar Bongo in Libreville.

Born in 1960, Mr. Onanga-Anyanga is married with three children.

 

Deputy Special Representative and Deputy Head of MINUSCA 

Kenneth Gluck

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced on 25 August the appointment of Kenneth Gluck of the United States of America as his Deputy Special Representative and Deputy Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

Mr. Gluck succeeds Diane Corner of the United Kingdom, who completed her assignment end June 2017. The Secretary-General is grateful to Ms. Corner for her dedicated service and her steadfast political engagement during the start-up of the peacekeeping operation.

Mr. Gluck brings to the position several years of mediation and peacebuilding experience, including as Chief of Staff in the African Union-United Nations Joint Mediation Support Team (2008-2011), Principal Officer at the Office of the Special Adviser on Yemen (2013), Director and Deputy Head at the UN Peacebuilding Support Office (2013-2015) and most recently as Director and Deputy to the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen (since 2015).

Prior to joining the United Nations, Mr. Gluck worked with several international non-governmental organizations providing humanitarian assistance in complex emergencies. Most notably, he served as Director of Operations for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) from 2001 to 2006 and as MSF’s Head of Mission in the Russian Federation and Northern Caucasus (1999-2001), Somalia (2006) and Sudan (2007-2008).

Mr. Gluck holds a Bachelor degree in Sociology from Harvard University.

Born in 1962, he is married.

Deputy Special Representative and Resident Coordinator in Central African Republic

Najat Rochdi

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Najat Rochdi of Morocco as his new Deputy Special Representative for the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), where she will also serve as United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). 

Ms. Rochdi succeeds Fabrizio Hochschild of Chile, who was appointed Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Coordination in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General in January 2017. The Secretary-General is grateful for Mr. Hochshild’s service and steadfast commitment to support recovery, peacebuilding and humanitarian efforts in the Central African Republic.
 
Ms. Rochdi, who has extensive experience in development and humanitarian affairs, has been serving as the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Cameroon since 2013. She served as Deputy Director in charge of Policy, Communication and Operation in the UNDP Geneva Liaison Office and as UNDP Regional Coordinator of Information and Communication Technology for Development in the Arab Region (ICTDAR) in Cairo, Egypt.

Prior to her tenure with UNDP, she held senior level positions in the Moroccan Government, including Deputy Minister of Small and Medium Enterprise, Director General of International Cooperation and Development in the Ministry of Post and Information Technology and Advisor to the Prime Minister. She has also been a professor at the Collège Royal and at the Information Sciences University in Rabat, Morocco.

Ms. Rochdi holds a Doctorate in Mathematics and Engineering in Computer Sciences from the University of National Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics (INSEA) in Rabat and the University of Montreal. 

Born in 1961, Ms. Rochdi has four children.

   

Force Commander 

 
Lieutenant-General Balla Keita 
 
Lieutenant-General Balla Keita (Senegal) was appointed on 11 February 2016 as Force Commander of the Multidimensional Integrated UN Stabilization Mission in CAR (MINUSCA).
 
Major-General Balla Keita brings to MINUSCA extensive leadership and operational experience.
Prior to his appointment, he served as Deputy Force Commander of the African Union/United Nations Hybrid operation in Darfur (UNAMID). From 2007 to 2010, he served as Sector Commander in Darfur, and, as Chief Operating within MONUC (now MONUSCO) in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in 2001. He had previously held various senior positions in other peacekeeping missions in Liberia and in Guinea-Bissau.
 
Major General Balla Keita also occupied key posits within the Senegalese army, including the position of Inspector General of Senegalese Armed Forces and of Chief of Staff for more than two years. He also has worked for the Senegalese Special Forces for more than fifteen years and brings in an experience of nearly 40 years in the service.  

Born on 25 April 1956 in Malilounda (Senegal), Major-General Balla Keita completed his military studies in France, USA and Germany.

He succeeds to Major General Martin Chomu Tumenta (Cameroon) who passed on 30 November 2015, from illness.

Police Commissioner

Roland Zamora

On April 10th 2017, the United Nations Secretary General approved the appointment of the Brigade General Roland Zamora (France) as the Head of the Police Component of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). CAR is very familiar to him as he has been serving here since December 16th 2014 as Deputy Police Commissioner and then UNPOL Interim Police Commissioner since September 11th 2016.

He succeeds the Police Commissioner Luis Carrilho from Portugal whose term of office had come to an end.

Brigade General Roland Zamora held a variety of positions of responsibility within his origin administration, the French Gendarmerie. He commanded more general and specialized operational units especially in the field of public order management. The command of these units equipped him with a rich expertise in the field of public order and security which constitutes a major asset for MINUSCA mandate implementation which refers inter alia in reforming the Central African Republic internal security forces. He graduated from the Ecole supérieure de guerre (Advanced School of War) in 2003, he also served in the central and regional command headquarters and he actively took part in important projects among which the one which reorganized the regional headquarters. In 2000 he also attended the training “Strategic command course of Britain’s police” in the Great Britain.

MINUSCA is his first United Nations mission, but he has participated in operational missions outside his national territory, especially under Western European Union mandate in the Balkans and then under the the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).