- Ghana's Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee has been appointed as the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Africa
- Her appointment was announced by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres
- Pobee will be serving in the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations (DPPA-DPO)
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Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee has been appointed as the United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Africa by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres.
Pobee will be serving in the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations (DPPA-DPO).
The position was previously held by Guinea's Bintou Keita, who has been assigned as the Secretary-General's Special Representative in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).
As a career diplomat, Pobee brings to the position over three decades of experience in International Affairs and Diplomacy with Ghana's Foreign Ministry.
She serves as the Chief Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, and previously served as the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Ghana to the United Nations from 2015 to 2020.
Pobee also served as Deputy Head of Mission and Chargé d’affaires at the Ghana High Commission in Pretoria (2012 to 2015), Director of the Information and Public Affairs Bureau at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs (2010 to 2012) and Head of Chancery at the Ghanaian Embassy in Washington, DC (2006 to 2010).
She was Acting Director of the Bureaux for Human Resources and Administration (2006) and Information, Culture and Linguistics (2004 to 2006).
Posted to the Ghanaian Embassy in Tel Aviv in 2000, she served as Minister-Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission (2002 to 2004) and Chargé d’affaires (2000 to 2002).
Pobee also served as Acting Director of the Personnel and Training Bureau (1998 to 2000), having been posted to Ghana’s Permanent Mission to the Office of the United Nations in Geneva (1995 to 1998) and to the Embassy in Moscow, where she was First Secretary (1994 to 1995).
A graduate of the University of Ghana, Pobee also holds a master’s degree in Development Studies with a specialization in Women and Development from the Institute of Social Studies in the Hague.
She also has diplomas in Public Administration and Multilateral Diplomacy from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration and the Geneva Institute of International Studies.
Earlier, YEN.com.gh reported an international Ghanaian student, Dr Andrew Asante, has earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD) from the University of Florida in the United States.
The native of Nkwakaw in the Eastern Region of Ghana previously bagged a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, graduating with distinction (4.0) from the Alabama State University in 2017 before heading to Florida to pursue the pharmacy programme.
Asante was able to realise his dream of studying in the US through the help of a childhood friend.
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