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Nicholas Von Ruben Mr. Nicholas Von Ruben

Director of Global Service Centre;

 

 

 Mr. von Ruben has recently been appointed as the Director, Global Service Centre, Brindisi. He has served in peacekeeping since 1994 when he started as a Regional Engineer in the former Yugoslavia (UNPROFOR). From there he moved to the Mission in Haiti (UNMIH), followed by two tours, totaling six years in Lebanon (UNIFIL), first as the Chief Engineer and later as the Chief of Integrated Support Services, in between which he had a fifteen month tour in Italy at the United Nations Logistics Base, Brindisi (UNLB), from where he deployed to help start up the mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL).

Prior to taking up the post of Chief Engineer for peacekeeping at the UN Headquarters, in 2003, he undertook a four month assignment in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUC). As Chief Engineer in New York he deployed to help start up the missions in Liberia (UNMIL) and Ivory Cost (ONUCI). In 2006 he was assigned as the Chief Integrated Support Services to the mission in Sudan (UNMIS), during which time he managed the logistics effort in supporting the African Union mission in Darfur (AMIS). He returned to UNHQ in December 2007 to act as the Special Assistant to the Under Secretary General for the Department of Field Support, followed by an assignment to Cyprus as Chief of Mission support for UNFICYP. He was recalled to Sudan to take over as Director of Mission Support in UNMIS, directing the support for the elections in that country as well as the referendum, which saw the south vote to secede. He moved elements of UNMIS to the south and as Director of Mission Support for UNMISS, the new mission in the Republic of South Sudan, directed the effort to establish the new mission.

 

A qualified Civil Engineer, Mr. von Ruben spent twenty years, after his national military service, in the private sector in various increasingly responsible positions including Regional Manager of a consulting engineer firm in South Africa to a Contracts Manager responsible for contracts spanning across south west England.

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