Mr. Said Djinnit
The Special Envoy
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed on 17 July 2014 Said Djinnit of Algeria as his Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region. He succeeded Mary Robinson of Ireland as she accepted new responsibilities to be the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Climate Change.
Mr. Said Djinnit served as the first African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, after holding various positions in the Organization of African Unity, including as Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs.
Mr. Aniefiok Johnson
The Chief of Staff
Aniefiok Johnson is Chief of Staff, Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary‐General for the Great Lakes region, located in the United Nations Complex in Nairobi, Kenya. He has acquired over 27 years of experience from progressively responsible positions in diplomacy and international relations, including: Foreign Service postings to the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations in New York; the High Commission of Nigeria to Trinidad and Tobago, with concurrent accreditation to Barbados, Guyana and Suriname; the Nigerian Embassy in Bonn and Berlin, Germany as well as senior positions in the United Nations.