Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed

Ismaïl Ould Cheikh Ahmed

Ismaïl Ould Cheikh Ahmed on August 25, 2016
United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen
Assumed office
25 April 2015
Appointed by Ban Ki-Moon
Preceded by Jamal Benomar
Personal details
Born (1960-11-09) 9 November 1960
Nouakchott, Mauritania
Nationality Mauritanian
Religion Sunni Islam

Ismaïl Ould Cheikh Ahmed (Arabic: إسماعيل ولد الشيخ أحمد; born c. 1960 in Nouakchott) is a Mauritanian diplomat and politician. He currently serves as a United Nations Special Envoy for Yemen since 25 April 2015.[1]

Prior to that posting, he served as United Nations Special Representative for the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER).[2]

Prior to that appointment of 11 December 2014, Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed was the Deputy Special Representative and Deputy Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL).[3]

He served as United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Yemen from 2008 to 2012, and in Syria between 2008 and 2012. Working with the United Nations in Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe in the areas of development and humanitarian assistance, Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed has also held several positions with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

He holds a master's degree in human resources development from the University of Manchester (England, United Kingdom), a bachelor’s in economics from the University of Montpellier (France) and an Advanced Certificate in Economics and Social Policy Analysis from Maastricht Graduate School of Governance (the Netherlands).


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