Senegalese heads up MONUSCO protection and operations

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Khassim Diagne is the new man at the helm MONUSCO protection and operations.

The Senegalese is no stranger to the UN and its activities with over 25 years of service in the fields of refugee protection, political affairs, management and oversight.

Ahead of taking up his new position as UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ deputy special representative for protection and operations at the world body’s largest peace mission in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Diagne was director of the political, peacekeeping, humanitarian and human rights unit in the Secretary-General’s executive office.

Previous positions in the UN specialist refugee agency – UNHCR – include regional representative for the US and the Caribbean as well as tours of duty in Liberia, Cameroon, Pakistan, Ivory Coast, Rwanda, Kenya and Somalia. Diagne held management positions at UNHCR headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and was a political affairs officer in the Great Lakes region as well as a member of the AU/UN team that organised the first international conference on peace, security, democracy and development in the region in 2004.