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    Michael Keating

    Michael is the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), a post he assumed in January 2016. Previously, he was Associate Director at Chatham House in London, where he initiated and directed a number of projects on topics including Afghanistan. Michael has also been an advisor to a number of conflict mediation bodies, including Intermediate and Search for Common Ground.

    His UN career has included serving as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan (2010-12)

    His private sector experience includes five years in financial publishing in the City of London; working in television as Associate Producer on documentaries broadcast by the BBC and Channel Four; and running Media Natura, a management and communication consultancy whose clients included companies and public sector bodies engaged in environmental, human rights and development issues.

    He has a Master of Arts in history from the University of Cambridge. Keating is married and has four children.

    “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”

    MALALA YOUSAFZAI