January 28, 2009 - SG intends to appoint Joseph Mutaboba as representative in Guinea-Bissau
I Seek - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has informed the Security Council of his intention to appoint Joseph Mutaboba of Rwanda as his Representative in Guinea-Bissau and Head of the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office in that country (UNOGBIS). Mr. Mutaboba will replace Mr. Shola Omoregie who retired on 31 December 2008 after more than 30 years of continuous service with the United Nations.
Mr. Mutaboba has had a long career in diplomacy and foreign affairs, and is currently serving as the Rwandan President's Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region. He has managed reforms in government ministries and services in Rwanda to improve efficiency. He has also played an active role in the country's security sector reform process, and served as the Permanent Representative of Rwanda to the United Nations from 1999 to 2001.
Mr. Joseph Mutaboba previously served as Secretary-General for the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Internal Affairs in Rwanda, Deputy National Coordinator for Rwanda and Head of the Peace and Security thematic group in the International Conference on the Great Lakes region, senior diplomat in Addis Ababa and Washington D.C.
Mr. Joseph Mutaboba has a Master of Philosophy in Librarian and Information Science from the North London University. He speaks English and French, and has working knowledge in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. Born on 21 December 1949, he is married with three children.