Acting Chief Director of Foreign Ministry Lands Top UN Post

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Ms. Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee of Ghana as Assistant Secretary-General for Africa in the Departments of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and Peace Operations (DPPA-DPO).

Ms. Pobee succeeds Bintou Keita of Guinea, who took up a new assignment 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). The Secretary-General is deeply grateful for her service and contributions as the first Assistant Secretary-General for Africa in DPPA-DPO.

A career diplomat, Ms. Pobee brings more than 30 years of experience in international affairs and diplomacy with her Foreign Ministry. Currently Chief Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, she was previously Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Ghana to the United Nations from 2015 until 2020. In that position, she performed various special assignments, including as the Chair of the African Group of Ambassadors in New York, Vice-President of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly, Chair of the New York Group of Friends of the African – Women Leaders Network, Co-Facilitator of the High-level meeting on Financing for Development 2019, and Co-Chair of the Group of Friends on Gender Parity at the United Nations, among others.

Ms. Pobee previously 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, D.C. (2006 to 2010). She was Acting Director of the Bureaux for Human Resources and Administration (2006) and for 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 as Chargé d’affaires (2000 to 2002). Ms. 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, Ms. 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.

Below is Ambassador Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee’s Career profile:

Ambassador Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee is currently the Acting Chief Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of the Republic of Ghana since March 2021.

She was the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Ghana to the United Nations from July 2015 to November 2020 and the first female to hold that position. As a career Diplomat since 1989, she has held various positions in the Ghana Foreign Ministry and served also in different capacities in Ghana Missions in Moscow, Geneva, Tel Aviv, Washington and Pretoria.

During her time at the UN, she performed special assignments, including; Chair of the Advisory Committee for the United Nations Programme of Assistance in the Teaching, Study, Dissemination and Wider Appreciation of International Law from July 2015 to November 2020; Chair of the United Nations Population Awards Committee from 2016 to 2018; Appointed by Presidents of the 70th & 71st Sessions of the General Assembly as Co- Adviser on enhancing the participation of Indigenous Peoples and Institutions in the relevant meetings of the United Nations Bodies from February 2016 to September 2017; Served as the Chair of the African Group of Ambassadors in New York in December 2017; Vice-President of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly from September 2017 to September 2018; Chair of the New York Group of Friends of the African Women Leaders Network from February 2018 to November 2021; Appointed by President of the 73rd Session of General the High-level meeting Assembly as Co- facilitator on Financing for Development from November 2018 -September 2019; Appointed by the President of the Economic and Social Council as Co-Chair of the 2020 Science, Technology and Innovation Forum; Appointed by President of the 74th Session of the General Assembly as Co-Chair of the Ad-hoc Working Group on the Revitalization of the work of the General Assembly; and Co-Chair of the Group of Friends on Gender Parity at the United Nations from November 2018 to November 2020.

She holds Master of Arts Degree in Development Studies with specialization in Women and Development from the Institute of Social Studies, in The Hague and a Degree in English and Philosophy from the University of Ghana. She also holds Diplomas in Public Administration and Multilateral Diplomacy from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) in Ghana and the Geneva Institute of International Studies in Geneva, respectively.

Ms. Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee was born on 4th September, 1961 in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. She loves reading, music and arts.