Zainab Hawa Bangura of Sierra Leone is Under-Secretary General & the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON). Prior to her December 2019 appointment to UNON, Ms. Bangura was Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict from 2012 to 2017. She was also Minister of Health and Sanitation (2010-2012) and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (2007-2010) for the Government of Sierra Leone.
A relentless advocate for conflict resolution and reconciliation, and human rights champion, Ms. Bangura has also served as Executive Director of the National Accountability Groups as well as Coordinator and Co-founder of the Campaign for Good Governance.
The Director-General began her United Nations career in the United Nations Mission in Liberia, where she was responsible for the management of the largest civilian component of the Mission, including promoting capacity-building of government institutions and community reconciliation.
Ms. Bangura holds a bachelor’s degree from Fourah Bay College in Freetown, Sierra Leone, and advanced diplomas in insurance management from the University of London and Nottingham University.