Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the
appointment of Workneh Gebeyehu Negewo of Ethiopia as Director-General
of the United Nations Office at Nairobi. He succeeds Hanna S. Tetteh of
Ghana who was appointed as Special Representative to the African Union
and Head of the United Nations Office to the African Union.
Currently Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia (since 2016) and
Member of the Addis Ababa City Council (since 2012), Mr. Workneh
Gebeyehu previously served as Minister for Transport of
Ethiopia (2013-2016) and Member of Ethiopian House of People’s
Representative Parliament (2005-2012).
He served in different positions at regional and federal levels of
the Government of Ethiopia, notably, Commissioner General of the
Ethiopian Police (2001-2012), Head of the Administration Affairs Bureau
and Cabinet member of Oromiya Regional State (1999-2000). He also
served in different positions under the Security, Immigration and
Refugee Authority (1992-1998).
Mr. Workneh Gebeyehu holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in
political science and international relations from Addis Ababa
University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in police science from the
Criminal Justice and Police Science Department of the University of
The Secretary-General wishes to extend his appreciation and gratitude
to Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of the United Nations Human
Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), who will continue to serve as
Acting Director-General until Mr. Workneh Gebeyehu assumes his position.
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