Secretary-General appoints Babatunde Ahonsi of Nigeria UN Resident Coordinator in Sierra Leone
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Babatunde Ahonsi of Nigeria as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Sierra Leone, with the host Government’s approval.
Mr. Ahonsi brings more than 20 years of experience in international development to the position, which he has acquired with the United Nations and externally. Most recently, he served as the acting United Nations Resident Coordinator in China after occupying leadership positions with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), including Representative in China, Country Director for Mongolia and Representative in Ghana.
Prior to joining the United Nations, Mr. Ahonsi held senior programme management positions with the Ford Foundation in West Africa and worked as Country Representative for the Population Council, an international non-governmental organization, in Nigeria. He also lectured at federal universities in Nigeria.
Mr. Ahonsi holds a bachelor’s degree with honours in Sociology from the University of Lagos in Nigeria and a doctorate in Population Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science in the UK.