Helen Meagher La Lime
Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of MINUJUSTH
Appointed on 1 August 2018 by Secretary-General Guterres as his Special Representative for Haiti, Ms. Helen Meagher La Lime took office on 3 September 2018.
Ms. La Lime succeeds her compatriot Susan D. Page, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for her dedicated service and effective leadership of MINUJUSTH. The Secretary-General expressed also his gratitude to his Deputy Special Representative, Dr. Mamadou Diallo of Guinea, who served as Officer-in-Charge of MINUJUSTH during the past months.
Ms. La Lime has had a distinguished career with the United States Foreign Service, including high-level diplomatic postings. She most recently served as the Ambassador of the United States to Angola (2014-2017), and as Director of Outreach of the US Africa Command in Germany (2011-2013).
From 1996 until 2011, she served in various field positions with the Department of State, including as Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy in South Africa (2008-2011), Consul General of the United States in Cape Town, South Africa (2006-2008), Ambassador of the United States to Mozambique (2003-2006), Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy in Morocco (2001-2003) and in Chad (1996-1999). From 1999 to 2003, she served as the Director and Deputy Director of the Department of State’s Bureau of African Affairs.
Ms. La Lime graduate of the National Defense University in Washington D.C. and holds a bachelor’s degree in Languages and Linguistics from Georgetown University. In addition to English, she is fluent in French, Spanish and Portuguese.
Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Haiti
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced on 20 September 2017 the appointment of Mamadou Diallo of Guinea as Deputy Special Representative of the UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH). Mr. Diallo also serves as United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Mr. Diallo succeeds Mourad Wahba of Egypt, who stepped down from his duties in January. The Secretary-General expresses his appreciation for the significant contribution of Mr. Wahba to the implementation of the mandate of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) and the coordination of the activities of the United Nations system in Haiti.
Since 2015, Mr. Diallo has served as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO), where he also served as Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for the United Nations and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative. He brings to his new functions 25 years of experience and continuing service with the United Nations at the national, regional and international levels in peacekeeping, development and humanitarian operations.
Between 2012 and 2015, he held the position of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Regional Director for West and Central Africa based in Senegal. From 2009 to 2012, Mr. Diallo was the United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator, and UNDP Resident Representative in Eritrea. He previously served as the Representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Mali from 2005 to 2009 and in Sierra Leone from 2001 to 2005, as well as Regional Adviser in positions dealing with maternal and child health and family planning issues with UNFPA in Senegal and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Prior to joining the United Nations, he has worked as a medical doctor and Chief of medical staff in Guinea.
A graduate of the Université de Conakry School of Medicine (Guinea), Mr. Diallo also holds a master’s degree in public health from San Diego State University (USA) and a special diploma in public health from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium).
Brigadier General Georges-Pierre MONCHOTTE has been seconded from the Republican Guard for the National Gendarmerie where he was stationed in Paris, France.
Brigadier General MONCHOTTE brings with him a wealth of mission and international policing experience. He commenced his career in 1983 and has served in the United Nations missions UNPROFOR, United Nations Protection Force in Bosnia and Herzegovina from July 1993 to January 1994, where he was Chief of Personnel and Security. His second peacekeeping deployment was with NATO KFOR in Kosovo from November 1999 to May 2000 where he occupied the position of Press Information Officer (PIO).
Brigadier General MONCHOTTE has over a decade of command experience. Prior to joining MINUJUSTH, he was at the head of police component of MINUSTAH, he was the Commander of the 2nd Infantry Regiment of the Republican Guard for the French National Gendarmerie. During his four years in this position, Brigadier General MONCHOTTE’s duties included commanding in operational missions, guiding, managing, administering, controlling, evaluating and developing approximately 1 200 gendarmes.
Preceding this period, Brigadier General MONCHOTTE held the following positions:
Brigadier General MONCHOTTE has continued his professional development with academic studies. In 1996 he attended the Université de Nanterre – Paris X where he received his Degree in Foreign Languages and Civilizations. Later in 2001, he obtained his University Degree of Private and Industrial Security from the University of Santiago of Chile. He is also a graduate from the Academy of Police and Sciences of Carabineros de Chile in the framework of the military superior studies. Finally, in 2005, he added a Euro-Mediterranean Security and Defence Master 2 to his accomplished list of academic achievements.
Brigadier General MONCHOTTE is fluent in French, English as well as Spanish and also has knowledge of both Russian and Arabic languages.
He is married and is the proud father of three children.