Zarif appointed UN chief's special representative for Liberia
Zarif is currently serving as special representative of the Secretary-General and head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). He is expected to take up his new job in early September.
Director of Europe and Latin America Division of DPKO since August of 2010, he served as Chief of Staff and Acting DSRSG with UNMIS in Sudan, and prior to that, as Chief of Staff of UNAMI in Iraq.
Following three years of service as the UN Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq since January 1997, he was appointed as chief and, later, director in the Office of Iraq Programme at the UN headquarters in New York.
He was Chief Elections Officer with UNMIL in Liberia from 1994-96, and served in as Referendum/Elections Coordinator with the UN missions in Eritrea and South Africa in 1993 and 1995, respectively.
In 1991-92, he was the Secretary-General of the Economic Advisory Council, Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Afghanistan. Serving his national governments, he was the Principle Foreign Policy Advisor to the President of Afghanistan from 1989-1991, and Deputy Foreign Minister from 1987-1989.
Prior to that, Zarif was Ambassador, Permanent Representative of his country to the United Nations in New York from 1980. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan in 1974 and served in various departments in increasingly responsible positions, as well as Charge d’Affaires in Havana.
He has studied Law, Diplomacy and International Relations at the Faculty of Law and Political Science of Kabul University, the Afghan Institute of Diplomacy and Oxford University. He is married with two sons.
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