Special Envoy's Biography


Ambassador Mohamed Abdi Affey

UNHCR Special Envoy on the Somali Refugee Situation


On 27 September 2016, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, announced the appointment of Ambassador Mohamed Abdi Affey as his Special Envoy on the Somali Refugee Situation. He noted that the path towards stability and prosperity in Somalia must include solutions for Somalis in exile through the region, and said that the Special Envoy would assist UNHCR to maximize efforts in the search for solutions for Somali refugees and asylum seekers at national and regional levels.

Ambassador Affey brings with him extensive regional experience, having most recently served as the Special Envoy to Somalia for the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD). Previously he held senior positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya, serving as Kenya's Deputy Minister and later as Kenya’s Ambassador to Somalia. From March 2008 to February 2013, as a Member of Parliament in the Kenya National Assembly, Ambassador Affey moved several assembly resolutions supporting the stabilization of Somalia by the African Union at the African, Caribbean, Pacific/European Union (ACP/EU) joint parliamentary assembly. In 2007 Ambassador Affey was awarded the Moran of Burning Spear (MBS) by the president of the Republic of Kenya, His Excellency Mwai Kibaki.

Born in 1968 in Kenya, Ambassador Affey graduated from the University of Nairobi in 2010 with a master's degree in International Relations and a major in International Conflict Management.


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