Youssef Mahmoud

Dr Youssef Mahmoud is Senior Adviser at the International Peace Institute (IPI), supporting the sustainable development and peace operations programs, and serving as the focal point on mediation and prevention policies and practices. He is a former UN Under-Secretary-General and has headed peace operations in Burundi, the Central African Republic and Chad.

Prior to these assignments, he held other senior United Nations positions, notably as UN Resident Coordinator in Guyana, Director in the UN Department of Political Affairs and Head of the Office of the Undersecretary-Secretary-General for Political Affairs.

In 2015, he served as member of the UN Secretary-General High Level Panel on Peace Operations (HIPPO) and simultaneously as a member of the High Level Advisory Group for the Global Study on Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.

In 2019, he led an independent strategic review of the UN peacekeeping operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) pursuant to a request from the UN Security Council. 

He is currently a Visiting Professor at the African Leadership Centre, King’s College London.