Ghassan Salamé

Mr. Ghassan Salamé, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), has over three decades of experience in public service and academia.

In 2003, he served as the Political Advisor to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), where he played a crucial role in bringing together Iraqi factions. He was then appointed Senior Advisor to the Secretary-General between 2003 and 2007 and again in 2012. In 2016, he joined the Commission on the Rakhine State (Myanmar) chaired by Mr. Kofi Annan. Prior to serving the United Nations, Mr. Salamé was Minister of Culture of the Lebanese Republic in 2000, after having served as an Advisor to the Lebanese Government and Parliament in the 1980s and 1990s.

In addition, for most of his career, Mr. Salamé was professor of International Relations and Conflict Resolution at Sciences-Po (Paris) and he is the founding Dean of its Paris School of International Affairs - PSIA. He is the author of eight books and the editor of ten.

Born in 1951, Mr. Salamé received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Public Law from Saint-Joseph University in Lebanon, a Ph.D. in Humanities from Paris III SorbonneNouvelle University and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University. Mr. Salamé is married and has two daughters.