Category Archives: Appointments

Veteran US diplomat James Swan named UN envoy for Somalia

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed veteran U.S. diplomat James Swan as the U.N.’s top envoy for Somalia, replacing Nicholas Haysom of South Africa, who was expelled in January.

U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq announced the appointment Thursday and said Swan spent most of his career “in African countries facing complex political transitions.”

He served as U.S. ambassador to Congo from 2013-2016, U.S. special representative for Somalia from 2011-2013, ambassador to Djibouti from 2008-2011 and deputy assistant secretary of state for African affairs from 2006-2008.

Somali officials said Haysom meddled in their internal matters when he raised concerns about the basis for the arrest of Mukhtar Robow. The Security Council expressed regret that Somalia expelled a U.N. envoy who questioned the arrest of the extremist group defector-turned-political candidate.

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Bill and Melinda Gates appoint Senegalese to head foundation in Africa

Cheikh Oumar Seydi, former Regional Director of the sub-Sahara Africa office of the International Finance Corporation has been announced as the Africa Director of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Seydi, who hails from Senegal, will now be in charge of the foundation’s work as it seeks to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in many African countries.

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