08 September 2020

Secretary-General appoints Lena Savelli of Sweden as UN Resident Coordinator in Ecuador 

On 27 August, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Lena Savelli of Sweden as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Ecuador, with the host Government’s approval. 

Ms. Savelli brings more than 18 years of experience with the United Nations, where she has held various positions in management, programme/policy, external relations and communications. She most recently served as the World Food Programme (WFP) Representative and UN Resident Coordinator ad interim in Senegal.  

Her career with the United Nations began in 2002 with the UN Refugee agency (UNHCR). In 2003, she joined WFP, successively for the offices in Zambia, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Thailand, Sri Lanka, China, and Headquarters in Rome. Between 2013-2017, she served as a Political Affairs Officer in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General in New York covering Latin America, West Africa and Northeast Asia as well as humanitarian issues, human security, disarmament and the Women, Peace and Security agenda. 

Ms. Savelli holds a Master’s degree in International Law from Lund University and a Master in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from the Raoul Wallenberg Institute (Sweden). 

Official photo of the new appointed Resident Coordinator for Ecuador, Lena Savelli.