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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Nicholas Kay as his Special Representative for Somalia on 29 April 2013. Mr. Kay took up his post on 3 June at the start of the mandate of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).

Mr. Kay previously served as Africa Director at the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Prior to this, he served as Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 2007 to 2010 and Sudan from 2010 to 2012. He was the United Kingdom’s Regional Coordinator for Southern Afghanistan and Head of the Provincial Reconstruction Team for Helmand Province from 2006 to 2007.

In his earlier career with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mr. Kay served in policy and country positions in London, as well as overseas in Spain and Cuba.

Born in 1958, Mr. Kay is married with two daughters and a son.

Follow SRSG Kay on Twitter: @Somalia111



On 5 December 2014, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Mr. Raisedon Zenenga of Zimbabwe as his Deputy Special Representative for Somalia. Mr. Zenenga succeeds Ms. Fatiha Serour of Algeria. 

Mr. Zenenga possesses a diverse and substantial background in political processes and mediation, proven skills in managing peacekeeping operations, and significant experience in working with Government and other key stakeholders in conflict and post-conflict settings.  He has over 30 years of United Nations, Government and diplomatic service experience, 21 of which he served with the Organization in the field including in Liberia, Iraq-Kuwait, Sierra Leone and Somalia.

Educated at the University of Zimbabwe, Mr. Zenenga graduated in public administration and political science. He also received diplomatic training from the Australian Development Assistance Bureau.

Mr. Zenenga is married and has three children.



On 30 December 2013, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Mr. Philippe Lazzarini of Switzerland as his Deputy Special Representative, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Somalia. Mr. Lazzarini has extensive experience in humanitarian assistance and international coordination in conflict and post-conflict areas, including in Somalia, where he has been the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative since March 2013.

Prior to this assignment, Mr. Lazzarini held a number of senior positions in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, including as Deputy Director of the Coordination and Response Division (2011 to 2013), and in various field positions in Iraq, Angola, Somalia, and the occupied Palestinian territory.

Prior to joining the United Nations, Mr. Lazzarini served as a delegate for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in southern Sudan, Beirut, Amman and Gaza. He led ICRC operations in Bosnia, Angola (UNITA controlled areas) and Rwanda, and also held the position of Deputy Head of the Communications Department of ICRC.

Mr. Lazzarini graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Neuchatel and holds an MBA from the University of Lausanne.

Born in Switzerland, he is married with two children.