Michael Keating

Michael Keating

United Nations
Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Somalia


Michael Keating is the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM). He has held the position since January 2016. He was previously Associate Director at Chatham House, leading projects on Afghanistan, natural resources and conflict, the Moving Energy Initiative and humanitarian engagement with non-state armed groups. Keating also worked at Intermediate and Search for Common Ground, and was the Executive Director of the Africa Progress Panel, chaired by former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. He has held several UN positions, including Senior Advisor to the SG’s Special Envoy to Syria (2014 – 15); head of the ‘Human Rights Up Front’ plan of action team (2012/13); Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan (2010-12); and Resident Coordinator in Malawi (2004 – 08). He has had assignments in Gaza/Jerusalem, New York, Afghanistan and Pakistan. He has a Master of Arts in history from the University of Cambridge.










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