Maria do Valle Ribeiro; Deputy Special Representative and Deputy Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL); UNDP Resident Representative
On 8 November 2016, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Maria do Valle Ribeiro of Ireland as his Deputy Special Representative and Deputy Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), where she will also serve as United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative. Ms. do Valle Ribeiro possesses more than 25 years of development and humanitarian experience in progressively senior leadership positions with the United Nations and international non-governmental organizations in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.
Prior to joining UNSMIL, Ms. Do Valle Ribeiro served as the Deputy Special Representative in Guinea-Bissau and was the United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Angola. She also served as United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Mauritania from 2008 to 2010.
Ms. do Valle Ribeiro held various senior positions with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), including Regional Chief of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation in the Regional Office for West and Central Africa from 2006 to 2008; Representative for Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago from 2004 to 2006, and Deputy Representative in Algeria from 2002 to 2004 and Chief of Planning in Angola from 200 to 2002.
Prior to entry in the UN, Ms Ribeiro worked extensively with INGO’s, namely Save the Children UK in Liberia, Burkina Faso, Angola and the Caribbean and with Concern in Bangladesh and Mozambique. Born in Portugal, Ms. do Valle Ribeiro holds a Master of Economic Science degree in Development Policy and Planning from the University of Wales (United Kingdom).
Noura Hamladji; Country Director, UNDP Libya
A national of Algeria, Noura Hamladji joined UNDP through its Leadership Development Programme in 2003. She served at UNDP Headquarters in New York as Programme Specialist in the Iraq Unit before being deployed as Assistant Resident Representative for Programme in Djibouti from 2003 to 2005. She then served in UNDP Timor-Leste as UNDP Assistant Resident Representative in charge of the Governance Programme from 2006 to 2007.
During her stay in Timor-Leste, Ms. Hamladji was seconded to the UN Integrated Mission to Timor-Leste (UNMIT) successively as Manager of the UNMIT Transition Team and Special Assistant to the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General. From 2008 to 2014 she served as Deputy for Programme and Operations in Azerbaijan and Timor-Leste. Since June 2015, she has served as Country Director in UNDP Libya.
Prior to joining UNDP, she worked in academia as a researcher in the field of Political Science. Ms. Hamladji holds master's degrees in History of the Middle East and Political Science from the University of Paris, Sorbonne. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.
Ms. Noura Hamladji is married with two children.