Abou Moussa (born in 1950), native of Chad, currently serves as the Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA), based in Libreville, Gabon. UNOCA was established on 1 January 2011 and inaugurated on 2 March 2011. He was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 11 March 2011.
Having been serving the United Nations system for the past three decades, Moussa has collected extensive diplomatic, political and humanitarian experience.
Before his appointment with UNOCA, Moussa was the United Nations Secretary-General’s Principal Deputy Special Representative in Cote d’Ivoire from 2005 to 2011. From October 2003 to September 2005, he served as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Humanitarian Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative for Liberia, a position he held after his stint as the Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office in Liberia (UNOL) from 2002 to 2003.
Since he joined the UN in 1980, Moussa has held various positions in the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), including as UNHCR Regional Coordinator in Cote d’Ivoire, Regional Director for West Africa and UNHCR Representative in Zambia. Additionally, he had been posted in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia and Geneva with UNHCR.
Moussa studied at the University of Lagos, Nigeria, and at Sorbonne University in Paris. He is married and has three children.