Michael Keating

Michael Keating

Michael is Associate Director at Chatham House in London, where he is leading a project to bring experts and policy makers together to support political transition in Afghanistan. His association with Chatham House has included terms as an Associate Fellow first with the Middle East and later with the Africa programme.  Michael has just been appointed Special Representative for Somalia and Head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).

Michael  is also an Advisor to a conflict mediation body, Inter Mediate, and serves as a Board Member with a number of development and environmental bodies in the US and the UK, including Population Action International in Washington and the Ashden Foundation for sustainable energy in London. He is leading the ‘Moving Energy Initiative’ to address energy needs of refuges and internally displaced people.

Until November 2012, he served as the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General in Afghanistan, as well as Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator. He continues to serve as an advisor to the UN on an occasional basis. Until July 2013, he led a team to advise the UN Secretary-General on how the UN can strengthen its capacity to protect civilians in and prior to conflict.

Michael Keating previously worked as the Executive Director of the Africa Progress Panel, a policy group chaired by Kofi Annan promoting sustainable development and good governance in Africa. His career has been divided between assignments with the UN, where he served in Malawi, Gaza/Jerusalem, New York and Afghanistan/Pakistan, and the private sector - in publishing, management and communication consultancy, including as Director of Media Natura from 1992 and 96, working on environmental, human rights and humanitarian issues.

His has had assignments with the Royal Geographical Society, with various Foundations and NGOs, and three years as Special Assistant to Sadruddin Aga Khan in Geneva. He has an M.A. in History from the University of Cambridge. Born in 1959 in Kampala, Uganda, he is married and has four daughters.  Return to Trustees (UK) page.