Transition Team

Guterres Transition Team: three women from South Korea, USA and Jamaica and two men from Portugal and Tunisia

According to a press release, issued by the UN Spokesperson’s office, the Transition Team will interact with UN officials, Member States and civil society to ensure an informed and smooth transition. The five-member team – three women and two men – comprises nationals of the Republic of Korea (ROK), USA, Jamaica, Portugal and Tunisia.
Kyung-wha Kang from the Republic of Korea heads the team that would stand Guterres in good stead ahead of the assumption of his duties on January 1, 2017. She previously served as Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights and Director General of International Relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea. She is currently Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator and Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.
UN Secretary-General-designate’s Senior Advisor and Spokesperson is Melissa Fleming (USA), the current Head of Communications and Spokesperson for the High Commissioner at UNHCR. She has held leading international communications positions at the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE ), with a focus on human rights, conflict prevention and reconciliation: She also worked at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for nuclear non-proliferation, safety and security.
All indications are that Fleming would replace Stéphane Dujarric who serves as Spokesman for the outgoing Secretary-General Ban Ke Moon.
Guterres has announced three Senior Advisers in his team. Michelle Gyles-McDonnough (Jamaica), João Madureira (Portugal), and Radhouane Nouicer (Tunisia).
Gyles-McDonnough has practiced privately as a lawyer, served as advisor to the Secretary General of the Organization of American States and has deep development experience within UNDP, including as UN Resident Coordinator for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam. She’s currently Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Regional Director Designate for Asia and the Pacific.
Madureira has a distinguished career in Portugal’s Diplomatic Service. He is currently Minister Counsellor in the Permanent Mission of Portugal to the UN.
Nouicer served at UNHCR for over 18 years in the field and as Director of the Middle East and North Africa Bureau. He was Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs in the Tunisian Transitional Government in 2011. He is currently Regional Advisor for the Yemen Humanitarian Crisis.

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