Ambassador Ms. Sahle-Work Zewde

Ambassador Ms. Sahle-Work Zewde,
Director General of UNON

Ms. Zewde is the first person to be solely appointed to the newly created position as head of the United Nations Office at Nairobi, at the Under-Secretary-General level.

Prior to her new appointment, Ms. Zewde served as the Special Representative of the Secretary General and Head of the United Nations Integrated Peace building Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA). 

Prior to joining the United Nations, Ms. Zewde had a distinguished career in the Government of Ethiopia. She has been Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).  She has also served as Director General for African Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia.

From 2002 to 2006, Ms. Zewde was Ambassador to France, Permanent Representative to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and accredited to Tunisia and Morocco.  From 1993 to 2002, she served as Ambassador to Djibouti and Permanent Representative to the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD), and to Senegal, with accreditation to Mali, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Gambia and Guinea (1989-1993).

Ms. Zewde is a natural sciences graduate of the University of Montpellier, France.  She is fluent in Amharic, French and English. Born on 21 February 1950, she has two sons.