Regional Humanitarian Coordinator

Kevin Kennedy, the newly appointed Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis has been a part of the United Nations since 1993 and brings with him extensive experience organizing the international community’s response to humanitarian emergencies worldwide at the strategic, political, policy, and field levels.

His prior posts include Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq, Acting Head of the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) and Deputy Special Representative for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).  He has also served as Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle-East Peace Process and as UN Coordinator for Humanitarian and Development Activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

He spent thirteen years in the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) as the Director of the Coordination and Response Division and in other senior positions across the organization. Additionally, he has held senior UN humanitarian positions in Sudan, Iraq, the Balkans, Timor-Leste and Somalia.

A national of the United States and Ireland, he has a degree in History from West Chester University, respectively. Mr. Kennedy is married and has four children.