29 December 2005

Biographical Note

Secretary-General Appoints Victor da Silva Angelo of Portugal as Executive Representative for UN Integrated Office for Sierra Leone

NEW YORK, 28 December (UN Headquarters) -- United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed Victor da Silva Angelo of Portugal as his Executive Representative for the United Nations Integrated Office in Sierra Leone (UNIOSIL) effective 1 January 2006.

Mr. Angelo, who will also continue to serve as the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and United Nations Resident Coordinator in Sierra Leone, has had a long and distinguished career with the United Nations.  He is currently the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sierra Leone.  Prior to that appointment, Mr. Angelo served as United Nations Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator, as well as UNDP Resident Representative in Zimbabwe, from 2000 to 2004.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Angelo held the positions of UNDP Special Envoy for East Timor and Asia, Deputy Regional Director for Africa at UNDP in New York, Resident Coordinator/Resident Representative in Tanzania and the Gambia, and Deputy Resident Representative in the Central African Republic.  He also served as United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Representative in Mozambique and United Nations Adviser in Sao Tome and Principe.

Prior to joining the United Nations, Mr. Angelo worked as University Lecturer and Senior Statistician in the Portuguese National Institute of Statistics (INE).  In 1974-1975, he was a member of the Electoral Commission of Portugal.

Born in 1949, Mr. Angelo holds a master's degree in sociology from Instituto Superior Economico e Social of the University of Evora, Portugal, and studied for a Ph.D. in sociology, from l'Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.  He is married and has two daughters.

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