UN Secretary-General António Guterres has announced the appointment of Moroccan Najat Rochdi to the post of United Nations Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon and resident and humanitarian coordinator in that country. Rochdi succeeds the Swiss Philippe Lazzarini, who completed his mission on March 31.
“The Secretary-General is grateful for his achievements and wishes him every success in his new appointment as Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)”, said his spokesperson.
Najat Rochdi brings more than 20 years of experience in the development and humanitarian aid sector and international coordination in conflict and post-conflict zones, notably through his last assignment as a senior advisor to from the UN Special Envoy for Syria and Director at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Geneva.
Previously, she was Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations and Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). She also held the post of Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Cameroon and Deputy Director of the representative office of the United Nations Development Program in Geneva.
Rochdi holds a doctorate in information systems from the National Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics in Rabat and a master’s degree in mathematics and fundamental applications from the University of Paris Sud 11.