Secretary-General appoints Ms. Bérangère Boëll-Yousfi of France as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the United Arab Emirates
19 January 2024
The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Ms. Bérangère Boëll-Yousfi of France as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in the United Arab Emirates, with the host Government’s approval. She takes up her post on January 20.
Ms. Boëll-Yousfi has 23 years of experience in international development and humanitarian cooperation in the Middle East and Africa. She has held management and leadership positions within the UN for 19 years with a solid track record of driving positive change, spearheading successful initiatives and fostering a collaborative and results-driven work environment. She brings extensive expertise in strategic planning, policy dialogue, development and humanitarian coordination, and advocacy for the 2030 Agenda.
Prior to this appointment, she served as the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Representative in Morocco, Libya, the DPRK, and more recently in Mozambique, leading strategic alliances and innovative solutions to tackle complex development challenges with national governments, civil society organizations, and international partners. She served as the UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim on multiple occasions in Libya and Mozambique, leading the UN's coordinated efforts amidst intricate circumstances.
Prior to that, Ms. Boëll-Yousfi served as UNFPA Regional Advisor, developing strategic partnerships for 21 countries in East and Southern Africa. She joined UNFPA after holding various senior positions within the United Nations Works and Relief Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) for eight years in Jerusalem, the Gaza Strip and Lebanon. Ms. Boëll-Yousfi started her career in a Spanish NGO in the Caribbean region and in North Africa for five years.
Ms. Bérangère Boëll holds a Master’s Degree in International Cooperation from the Complutense University of Madrid and two Bachelors’ degrees in Political Sciences and Foreign Languages from Paris VIII and la Sorbonne University.