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AAH International appoints Patron

 20 March 2017


As part of our continuing efforts to boost credibility to our cause, the AAH-I Board resolved to establish the AAH-I Patron role. It was agreed that the Patron would be an eminent person in society, able to promote and support AAH-I’s cause, lending credibility to the organization and enhancing our reputation and profile in the international arena. 


 AAH-I Patron Abou MoussaIn this regard, Mr. Abou Moussa, a Chadian national, has been appointed as AAH-I Patron. He was inaugurated on 18 March, 2017 at a colourful ceremony during the Board meeting held in Nairobi.


Mr. Moussa has served as the United Nations (UN) Principal Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for UN Operations in Cote d’Ivoire from September 2005 until his retirement. 


His work with the UN began in 1980, when he joined UNHCR and worked in various roles in countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Switzerland, Ethiopia, Zambia and Côte d’Ivoire. He served as the UNHCR Regional Director for West Africa, based in Côte d’Ivoire, from 1997 to November 2002. 


He was appointed as Representative of the Secretary-General (RSG) for the UN Peace-building Support Office in Liberia (UNOL) in December 2002. In this capacity, he represented the UN at discussions that brought about the Accra ceasefire agreement and the subsequent Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed in August 2003 in Accra, Ghana. After the signing of the agreement, Mr. Moussa was appointed as UN Deputy SRSG for humanitarian affairs, Resident Representative of the UN Development Programme, and Humanitarian Coordinator for Liberia. 


From May to August 2005, Mr. Moussa was appointed as Officer-in-Charge of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL).  From September 2005 to May 2011 he was appointed as Principal Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (PDSRSG) to UNOCI (Côte d’Ivoire). With the departure of SRSG Schori in early February 2007, he became Officer-in-Charge of the Mission until the arrival of SRSG Choi in November 2007. During this period he participated intensively in the Ouagadougou Political Agreement preparations between the Ivorian Government and the Forces Nouvelles. Mr. Moussa resumed the position of PDSRSG to ONUCI until May 2011, when he was appointed SRSG for United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa based in Gabon.


Mr. Abou Moussa graduated in Law at the University of Lagos in Nigeria in 1972. He also graduated in Journalism at the Ecole de Journalisme and in Hautes Etudes Sociales at the Ecole Libre des Hautes Etudes Sociales in 1978. Moreover, He graduated in Sociology and Development Economics (DESS) at the University of Paris I (Sorbonne) in 1980.  He is fluent in French and English.


The AAH-I Patron’s role is an honorary position. The Patron shall consult with the AAH-I Board, but shall be a non-Board Member. The Patron shall serve not more than two terms of three years each from the date of appointment.

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