In April 2015, the United Nations Secretary-General appointed Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed as his Special Envoy for Yemen.
Bringing 30 years of development and humanitarian assistance experience with the United Nations in Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe, Mr Ould Cheikh Ahmed was also the Special Representative Of the Secretary General for the United Nations Mission for the Emergency Ebola Response (UNMEER), covering all countries affected by the disease and helping coordinate the response and mobilize capacity and resources to tackle it.
From early 2014, Mr Ould Cheikh Ahmed served as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary- General and Deputy Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Prior to that, Mr Ould Cheikh Ahmed worked as the Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Yemen (2012- end of 2013) and Syria (2008--‐2012) after holding several positions with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), including as Director of Change Management in New York, UNICEF Deputy Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa in Nairobi, and UNICEF Representative in Georgia.
Born in 1960, Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed holds a master’s degree in human resources development from the University of Manchester, a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Montpellier and an Advanced Certificate in Economics and Social Policy Analysis from Maastricht Graduate School of Governance.