United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon announced today the appointment of Abdallah Wafy of Niger as his Deputy Special Representative for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where he will head the Rule of Law component of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).
Mr. Wafy replaces Leila Zerrougui of Algeria who assumed her appointment as Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict in August 2012. He has been serving as Deputy Special Representative for the Rule of Law in MONUSCO ad interim since September 2012, in addition to his responsibilities as Police Commissioner and Head of MONUSCO’s Police component.
Prior to joining MONUSCO as Police Commissioner in 2010, Mr.Wafy held various senior positions in the Government of Niger, including notably Senior Security Adviser to the Minister of Interior, Public Safety and Decentralization; Inspector General of Police; Special Security Advisor to the President; and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Niger to Libya and Permanent Representative of the Community of Sahel-Saharan States in Tripoli. Mr. Wafy has also served with the civilian police in the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (ONUCI) from 2006 to 2007, and as Deputy Head of the Police component of the United Nations Organization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC) in 2009.
Mr. Wafy holds a Master’s degree in Law from the Université du Bénin (Lomé, Togo) in Togo and graduated from the Ecole nationale supérieure de police (Saint-Cyr au Mont d’Or, France).
Mr. Wafy is married and has five children.