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 UN Secretary General Ant nio Guterres on Friday announced the appointment of Amir Abdulla as the Coordinator for the Black Sea Grain Initiative The Initiative was launched by Ukraine T rkiye the Russian Federation and the UN on July 22 2022 to enable the resumption of exports from Ukraine of grain foodstuffs and fertiliser including ammonia through a safe maritime humanitarian corridor Guterres announced the appointment in a statement issued from the UN headquarters in New York Abdulla is the former Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of World Food Programme WFP overseeing its humanitarian operations around the world Abdulla succeeds Frederick Kenney of the United States who was on loan by the International Maritime Organisation as interim Coordinator for the UN at the Joint Coordination Centre JCC The Secretary General is grateful for Kenney s dedication expertise commitment and excellent leadership in implementing the Initiative Abdulla brings over 30 years of experience in the areas of humanitarian response and management with the WFP as well as specialised expertise in emergency operations supply chain and security From 2009 until June 2022 he served as the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of WFP overseeing its humanitarian operations around the world Prior to that and starting from 1991 Abdulla served in various capacities in WFP both in the field and headquarters From 2008 to 2009 he was the WFP s Chief Financial Officer and Director of Legal Division managing WFP s budget in response to fluctuating food and fuel prices and implementing accountability standards Prior appointments with WFP included Regional Director for Southern Africa 2006 2007 Regional Director for Middle East Central Asia and Eastern Europe 2004 2006 Director of Budget 2001 2004 and Project Manager for WPF s corporate information management system 2000 2001 Prior to joining WFP Abdulla was a Branch Manager in Juba and Port Sudan for the shipping and forwarding company Transintra and Assistant Area Manager for the Burmeister and Wain Scandinavian Contractor BWSC engineering company in the Sudan He also taught at the American School and Comboni College in Khartoum Abdulla holds a Bachelor of Science Honours degree from Imperial College London University He speaks English and Arabic NewsSourceCredit NAN
UN chief appoints Amir Abdulla of Sudan Coordinator of Black Sea Grain Initiative

1 UN Secretary-General António Guterres on Friday announced the appointment of Amir Abdulla as the Coordinator for the Black Sea Grain Initiative.

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2 The Initiative was launched by Ukraine, Türkiye, the Russian Federation and the UN on July 22, 2022, to enable the resumption of exports from Ukraine of grain, foodstuffs, and fertiliser, including ammonia, through a safe maritime humanitarian corridor.

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3 Guterres announced the appointment in a statement issued from the UN headquarters in New York.
Abdulla is the former Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of World Food Programme (WFP), overseeing its humanitarian operations around the world.

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4 Abdulla succeeds Frederick Kenney of the United States who was on loan by the International Maritime Organisation as interim Coordinator for the UN at the Joint Coordination Centre (JCC).

5 The Secretary-General is grateful for Kenney’s dedication, expertise, commitment and excellent leadership in implementing the Initiative.

6 Abdulla brings over 30 years of experience in the areas of humanitarian response and management with the WFP as well as specialised expertise in emergency operations, supply chain and security.

7 From 2009 until June 2022, he served as the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of WFP, overseeing its humanitarian operations around the world.

8 Prior to that, and starting from 1991, Abdulla served in various capacities in WFP both in the field and headquarters.

9 From 2008 to 2009, he was the WFP’s Chief Financial Officer and Director of Legal Division, managing WFP’s budget in response to fluctuating food and fuel prices and implementing accountability standards.

10 Prior appointments with WFP included Regional Director for Southern Africa (2006-2007), Regional Director for Middle East, Central Asia and Eastern Europe (2004-2006), Director of Budget (2001-2004) and Project Manager for WPF’s corporate information management system (2000-2001).

11 Prior to joining WFP, Abdulla was a Branch Manager in Juba and Port Sudan for the shipping and forwarding company Transintra and Assistant Area Manager for the Burmeister and Wain Scandinavian Contractor (BWSC) engineering company in the Sudan.

12 He also taught at the American School and Comboni College in Khartoum.

13 Abdulla holds a Bachelor of Science Honours degree from Imperial College, London University.

14 He speaks English and Arabic.

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