Leadership

Ms. Lisa Filipetto

Head of the United Nations Support Office in Somalia

Ms. Filipetto brings to this position more than 30 years of experience within the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade where she served in a variety of posts at headquarters, including as Assistant Secretary, European Union and Western Europe Branch (2015-2017), Assistant Secretary, Services and Intellectual Property Branch, Office of Trade Negotiations (2002-2004) and Assistant Secretary, Mainland South East Asia and South Asia Branch (2001-2002).

Ms. Filipetto also has extensive experience overseas, having served as Australia's resident Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, with concurrent responsibility for Australia's relations with the African Union, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and Djibouti (2010-2014).  She further served as Australian High Commissioner to Kenya and Ambassador to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and UN Habitat as well as non-resident accreditation High Commissioner to Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda and Ambassador to the African Union, Burundi and Djibouti (2007-2010).  She also served as Ambassador to Cambodia (2004-2010), Consul-General, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (1997-2001), as well as in Ireland (1991-1994) and Brunei Darussalam (1986-88). 

Ms. Filipetto holds a Master of Arts in International Relations from Deakin University in Australia, as well as Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies degrees from the Australian National University.  She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Mr. Amadu Kamara

Director of Mission Support, UNSOM and Director of UNSOS

Mr Kamara is a United States citizen of Sierra Leonean descent. He completed higher education in the United States of America, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics from the State University of New York. Post-graduate studies were undertaken at the New School for Social Research in New York. Mr Kamara joined the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) as a Procurement Officer in October of 1993. During his tenure he served in a variety of capacities in the support component of peacekeeping operations, both at HQNY and a significant number of field missions.

His current assignment, which he assumed in April 2012, includes Directorship of the UN office that provides support to African Union troops in Somalia (UNSOA). UNSOA also provides support to the office of the Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes (SESG) and to the Somalia Eritrea Monitoring Group (SEMG). In addition to this role he is serving as the Director of Mission Support for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).

Mr. Harjit Dhindsa

Deputy Director of United Nations Support Office in Somalia

Mr. Dhindsa joined the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) as a Logistics Officer in March of 2001.

During his tenure he served in a variety of capacities in the support component of peacekeeping operations, both at United Nations Headquarters New York and a number of field missions. Prior to this he served with the Indian Army as Colonel in the Parachute Regiment.

He assumed his current assignment in November 2014, and as Deputy Director provides close support across all UNSOS responsibilities.