Appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 25 April 2014, Mr. Agbénonci will also serve as the United Nations Resident Coordinator and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative. The new Deputy Special Representative has extensive experience with the United Nations system having worked on conflict, development and governance issues.
He has served the United Nations in several positions throughout Africa, including as United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Rwanda, from 2008 to 2011, and Congo, from 2003 to 2008. He also held the position of UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Côte d'Ivoire, from 1999 to 2003, and in Cameroon, from 1996 to 1999. He also worked in the Faculty of Law at the University of Nanterre in France.
From 2012 to 2013, Mr. Agbénonci was the Humanitarian Coordinator, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Mali. Mr. Agbénonci holds graduate degrees in international trade law from the University of Paris X Nanterre and in institutional development, governance and environmental sciences from the University of Dakar in Senegal.
In addition, he holds a master's degree in business law from the University of Dakar.