On 27 August, UN Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Lena Savelli of Sweden as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Ecuador, with the host Government’s approval.
Ms. Savelli brings more than 18 years of experience with the United Nations, where she has held various positions in management, programme/policy, external relations and communications. She most recently served as the World Food Programme (WFP) Representative and UN Resident Coordinator ad interim in Senegal.
Her career with the United Nations began in 2002 with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). In 2003, she joined WFP, successively for the offices in Zambia, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Thailand, Sri Lanka, China, and headquarters in Rome. Between 2013 and 2017, she served as a Political Affairs Officer in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General in New York covering Latin America, West Africa and North-East Asia, as well as humanitarian issues, human security, disarmament and the women, peace and security agenda.
Ms. Savelli holds master’s degrees in international law from Lund University and in international human rights and humanitarian law from the Raoul Wallenberg Institute in Sweden.