Ghanaian Martha Pobee appointed Assistant Secretary General for Africa
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee of Ghana as Assistant Secretary-General for Africa in the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations. peace (DPPA-DPO).
Ms. Pobee succeeds Bintou Keita of Guinea, who has taken on a new assignment as Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO ).
The Secretary General is deeply grateful for his services and contributions as the first Deputy Secretary General for Africa within the DPPA-DPO.
A career diplomat, Ms. Pobee brings more than 30 years of experience in international affairs and diplomacy to her Department of Foreign Affairs. Currently Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, she was previously Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Ghana to the United Nations from 2015 to 2020.
In this position, she carried out various special missions, including as Chair of the Group of African Ambassadors in New York, Vice-Chair of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Chair of the New York Group of Friends of Africa – Women Leaders Network, co-facilitator of the 2019 high-level meeting on financing for development, and co-chair of the Group of Friends on Gender at the United Nations, among others.
Ms. Pobee was previously Deputy Head of Mission and Chargé d’affaires at the Ghana High Commission in Pretoria (2012 to 2015), Director of the Office of Information and Public Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2010 to 2012) and Chief of Chancellery at the Embassy of Ghana in Washington, DC (2006-2010).
She was acting director of the human resources and administration departments (2006) and information, culture and linguistics (2004 to 2006).
Assigned to the Ghanaian Embassy in Tel Aviv in 2000, she served as Minister-Counselor and Deputy Head of Mission (2002 to 2004) and Chargé d’affaires (2000 to 2002).
Ms. Pobee was also Acting Director of the Bureau of Personnel and Training (1998-2000), after serving in the Permanent Mission of Ghana to the United Nations Office at Geneva (1995-1998) and at the embassy in Moscow, where she was first secretary (1994 to 1995).
A graduate of the University of Ghana, Ms. Pobee also holds an MA in Development Studies with a specialization in Women and Development from The Hague Institute for Social Studies.
She also graduated in Public Administration and Multilateral Diplomacy from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration and the Institute of International Studies in Geneva.