Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of UNMISS
Mr. Nicholas Haysom
In January 2021, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres announced the appointment of Nicholas Haysom of South Africa as his Special Representative for South Sudan and Head of UNMISS.
From 2019 to 2020, Nicholas Haysom served as the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Sudan. From 2018 to 2019, he was the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Mission to Somalia (UNSOM). He also served as Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) from 2014 to 2016, and as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan from 2012 to 2014. From 2007 to 2012, he served as Director for Political, Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Affairs in the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General, and from 2005 to 2007, as Head of the Office of Constitutional Support for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq.
From 2002 to 2005, Nicholas Haysom was the principal adviser to the Mediator in the Sudanese Peace Process. He was involved in the Burundi Peace Talks as Chair of the committee negotiating constitutional issues from 1999 to 2002 under the facilitation of late former President Nelson Mandela, and served in the Government of South Africa, including as Chief Legal and Constitutional Adviser in the Office of the President from 1994 to 1999.
Haysom earned a degree in law from the Universities of Natal and Cape Town in South Africa. He also received honorary doctorates from the University of Cape Town and New York Law School.
Deputy Special Representative - Political
Mr. Guang Cong
On 24 March 2020, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Guang Cong of China as the Deputy Special Representative (Political) for South Sudan and Deputy Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
Mr. Cong brings to the position vast experience in international affairs, including service in several United Nations peace operations, coupled with extensive experience in South Sudan and in the region.
Since 2016, he has served as Director of Civil Affairs in UNMISS. Prior to this, he was Chief of Civil Affairs in the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), having previously served in the UNMISS office in Jonglei State, as well as in the Blue Nile State and Abyei offices of the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS).
Mr. Cong also held senior management positions within the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL), from 2012 to 2014, and within the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), from 2002 to 2009.
Prior to joining the United Nations in 2002, Mr. Cong had a distinguished career in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of China. He is married and has one child.
Lieutenant General Mohan Subramanian
Lieutenant General Mohan Subramanian from India, an alumnus of the National Defence Academy and the Indian Military Academy, was commissioned into his country’s army in June 1986.
Lieutenant General Subramanian has a distinguished military career with the Indian Army spanning over 36 years. Most recently, he served as the General Officer Commanding, Military Region (Operational and Logistic Readiness Zone) in central India, contributing to the Army’s operational and logistic preparedness.
Previously, he served as the Additional Director General for Procurement and Equipment Management at the Integrated Headquarters of the Ministry of Defence (Army) (2019-2021), General Officer Commanding a Strike Infantry Division (2018-2019), Deputy General Officer Commanding of Infantry Division (2015-2016), Commander of a Mountain Brigade (2013-2014) among other appointments within the Indian Armed Forces.
Lieutenant General Subramanian served as India’s Defence Attaché to Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia (2008-2012) and as a Staff Officer with the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone in 2000.
On 5 July 2022, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Lieutenant General Subramanian as his new Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).
Ms. Christine Fossen
Christine Fossen from Norway currently leads the UN Police (UNPOL) component at UNMISS. She succeeds Unaisi Lutu Vuniwaqa from Fiji, who served in the mission from 2018 to 2021. Prior to joining UNMISS, Commissioner Fossen was Police Commissioner of the Southeast Police District, Norway.
Commissioner Fossen has held diverse portfolios within in the Norwegian police force and held several high-ranking posts. She began her policing career in the Vadsø police district, where she later served as Deputy Police Commissioner.
In 1990, she began an illustrious career in the Moss police district as a Police Prosecutor and Legal Attorney.
Commissioner Fossen held the position of Special Advisor at the Ministry of Justice, Oslo, Norway. She represented the Norwegian Ministry of Justice at the the United Nations Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations (C-34) and was part of the Security Council team at the Ministry of Justice, in Oslo.
In July 1998, Commissioner Fossen became the youngest Police Commissioner in the country. Since then, she has continued to serve in the capacity of Police Commissioner in various parts of Norway.
From 2013 to mid- 2015 Commissioner Fossen was head of the Admissions Board at the Norwegian Police University College. She has also been Head of Mission at the Temporary International Presence in Hebron, on the West Bank of Palestine.
Commissioner Fossen has served for 29 years in the Norwegian police force. She is married with three children and a grandchild. Commissioner Fossen holds a Master’s degree in law from the University of Oslo, Norway.