Special Envoy

Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed speaks to journalists following his closed-door briefing to the Security Council, 24 June 2015. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

Mr Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed of Mauritania is the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen. In this role, Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed works closely with Government of Yemen, the country’s political groups and civil society as well as the United Nations Security Council, the Gulf Cooperation Council, Governments in the region and other partners, and the United Nations Country Team for Yemen.

Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed was previously the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER).  Prior to that assignment, he 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 United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative.  He has also served as Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Syria and Yemen.  He held many senior positions with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), including as Director of Change Management in New York, Deputy Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa in Nairobi, and Representative in Georgia.  Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed brings more than three decades of experience in development, humanitarian and political issues with the Government of Mauritania and the United Nations in Africa, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

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.