United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed Alan Doss of the United Kingdom as his Special Representative for Liberia.
Mr. Doss has had a long and distinguished career with the United Nations. He has served as Principal Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Côte d'Ivoire since June 2004. Prior to that appointment, Mr. Doss served as the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sierra Leone, while concurrently serving as United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Doss held the position of Director of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG). Before working for the UNDG, he was Director of the UNDP European Office in Geneva, where he was responsible for strengthening the UNDP's outreach and liaison work in Western Europe, focusing on the UNDP's advocacy of human development.
Mr. Doss has previously served as United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Regional Representative in Bangkok. At the same time, he was Director of the United Nations Border Relief Operation, in charge of United Nations assistance to displaced Cambodians on the Thai-Cambodia border.
Previous assignments included posts with the United Nations in China, Kenya, Niger, Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire) and Benin.
Mr. Doss was born on 7 January 1945 and was brought up in Cardiff, Wales. He graduated from the London School of Economics. He is married with three children.
* This press release supersedes Press Release SG/A/765-BIO/3341 of 30 January 2001.