IGAD Executive Secretary Dr Workneh Gebeyehu on March 7 appointed Nuur Mohamud Sheekh as his spokesperson.
In a statement, the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development said Nuur brings to the position almost 30 years of experience in diplomacy, mediation, refugee protection, and humanitarian affairs.
“Nuur’s professional career has seen him engage with the full spectrum of policy and practice interventions at sub-national, national and regional levels with leading multilateral organisations inter alia; IGAD, the AU, the EU and the UN,” Workneh said when announcing the appointment.
@DrWorkneh @nuurist,Congratulations is less befitting for you in this post!!!You deserve it and will put @igadsecretariat at its highest…no doubt.
It's quite visionary for @DrWorkneh to have settled on you.
Good Luck my Brother and colleague.
— Amb (Eng) Mahboub Maalim; CBS, OGW,R Eng,MIEK (@amb_mahboub) March 7, 2021
Prior to this appointment, Nuur worked as senior adviser at the Office of the IGAD Special Envoy for the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden and Somalia. He also worked with the IGAD Special Envoy for South Sudan where he was part of the mediation team that led to the peace agreement of September 2018.
“At IGAD, he has been instrumental in strengthening collaborations with Governments and multilateral agencies. Mr. Sheekh holds an advanced degree in Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London,” the statement said in part.