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ASSISTANT SECRETARY GENERAL - POLITICAL AFFAIRS AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT

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Amb. Léonard-Emile Ognimba is a highly experienced diplomat and expert in international political affairs. Before his appointment to the ACP, he was Ambassador of the Republic of Congo to South Africa since October 2012. Having launched his career at Congo’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he joined the Organisation of the African Union (OAU) in 1984, ultimately serving as Head of Humanitarian Affairs, Refugees and Displaced Persons, and Secretary of the OAU Commission on Refugees. Subsequently, he spent eight years as Director for Political Affairs at the African Union (AU) Commission. 
 
From 2004 to 2012, leading the AU’s Political Affairs division, Amb. Ognimba also managed the AU programme on governance, democracy and elections and coordinated the AU observation mission programme. Over the course of his career, he has visited and worked in a large number of countries throughout the African continent, dealing with sensitive issues related to conflict situations, international legal disputes, and human rights. He served as a member of the special team set up by the OAU Secretary General to assist him in the transition of the OAU to the African Union. 
 
Amb. Ognimba holds a Master’s degree (LLM) in International Public Law from Kiev State University (Ukraine, USSR) as well as qualifications in conflict resolution and language interpretation. He speaks fluent French, English, and Russian, and has a good knowledge of Latin and Italian. 
 
Amb. Ognimba began his term as the Assistant Secretary General in charge of Political Affairs and Human Development in November 2015.
 


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