Lisa M. Buttenheim

Lisa M. Buttenheim

Special Representative of the Secretary-General for UNIS

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Lisa M. Buttenheim of the United States as Assistant Secretary-General for Field Support, Department of Field Support in 2016. 

Since joining the United Nations in 1983, Ms. Buttenheim has held numerous senior-level positions both at Headquarters and in field operations, including  Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), Deputy Special Adviser of the Secretary-General in Cyprus, and Director of the Middle East and West Asia Division and Director of the Asia and Pacific Division in the Department of Political Affairs, among others. 

Ms. Buttenheim holds a master’s degree in international economics and Middle East studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, in Washington, D.C., and a bachelor’s degree in political science and English, from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

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