Please join us in welcoming a new member of Outward Bound Peacebuilding’s Board of Directors, Youssef Mahmoud.
Youssef Mahmoud is Senior Adviser at the International Peace Institute (IPI) supporting the Africa, Middle East, and peace operations programs and serves as focal point on mediation policies and practices. Before retiring from the United Nations in January 2011, He was the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT). From 2007 to 2009 he served as Executive Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Burundi (BINUB).
Prior to these assignments, he held several other senior positions, notably as United Nations Resident Coordinator in Guyana, Director in the UN Department of Political Affairs, and Head of the Office of the Undersecretary-Secretary-General for Political Affairs. Before joining the United Nations in 1981, Mr. Mahmoud was Assistant Professor at the University of Tunis. He currently teaches graduate courses at Columbia University and New York University on peacebuilding and post conflict policies in fragile settings.
Mr Mahmoud has focused his attention over the past two years on the post-authoritarian transitions in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen and helped launch a regional forum for the exchange of knowledge, experiences and lessons learned among civil society leaders working in those countries. As focal point for mediation, he has provided strategic and substantive support to the Moroccan-Spanish initiative on Mediation in the Mediterranean region, launched at IPI in 2012.
Mr Mahmoud has a Master’s degree in American Studies from the University of Tunis and a PhD in Socio-Linguistics from Georgetown University, Washington, DC.