United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced the appointments of Marcel Rudasingwa of Rwanda as Ebola crisis manager for Guinea, Peter Jan Graaff of the Netherlands as Ebola crisis manager for Liberia and Amadu Kamara of the U.S. as Ebola crisis manager for Sierra Leone.
The appointments are part of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER). In their respective roles, the crisis managers will work with their host government along with key stakeholders in ensuring a rapid and effective international response to the Ebola crisis within their respective country.
Rudasingwa brings great value of service with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for almost 20 years, having worked extensively in various senior management and leadership functions in Kenya, Mali, Guinea and Denmark.
Graaff brings to the position a wealth of experience in international health issues along with international affairs, having worked extensively with the World Health Organization (WHO) in a number of countries in Africa, Afghanistan and Haiti, along with more recently leading the Civil Affairs and Development team within the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).
Kamara brings to the position a diverse portfolio spanning the continent of Africa in international affairs, having worked extensively with the United Nations in various senior management support functions and other roles in Liberia, Somalia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Timor-Leste, Haiti and Lebanon.