Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel

The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Mr Toby Lanzer as his Deputy Special Representative for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), where he also serves as United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The position of Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel has been discontinued.

Toby Lanzer, a national of the United Kingdom, is the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel. In this capacity he supports humanitarian work in nine countries across the Sahel region (Burkina Faso, Chad, Cameroon, the Gambia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal). Based in Dakar, Senegal, he took up his position on 21 July 2015.

Toby Lanzer's biography

Since joining the United Nations Development Programme in 1992, he has held various positions within the UN system, including:

  • Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in South Sudan;
  • Chief of Staff of the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT);
  • Humanitarian Coordinator for Darfur, Sudan;
  • UNDP Resident Representative in the Central African Republic (CAR);
  • Chief of the Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP), based in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
  • Head of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Georgia and the Russian Federation.

He has also worked on human rights issues for non-governmental organisations in Brazil and Chile. The holder of a post-graduate certificate in forced migration, a master’s degree in international affairs with a specialization in economic and political development, and a bachelor’s degree in history, Toby Lanzer was educated at the University of Oxford, as well as Columbia University and the University of New Hampshire.