Helen Meagher La Lime
Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH).
On 15 October 2019, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced appointed Helen Meagher La Lime as his Special Representative for Haiti and Head of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH).
Since 2018, Ms. La Lime has served as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative heading the United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH).
Prior to joining the United Nations, Ms. La Lime had a distinguished career with the United States Foreign Service which included high-level diplomatic postings, notably as the Ambassador to Angola (2014-2017) and Director of Outreach at the United States Africa Command in Germany (2011-2013).
From 1996 to 2011, she served in various field positions with the Department of State, including as Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy in South Africa (2008-2011), Consul General of the United States in Cape Town, South Africa (2006-2008), Ambassador of the United States to Mozambique (2003-2006), Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy in Morocco (2001-2003) and in Chad (1996-1999). From 1999 to 2003, she served as the Director and Deputy Director of the Department of State’s Office of Central African Affairs, Bureau of African Affairs.
Ms. La Lime received a master’s degree from the National Defence University in Washington, D.C., and holds a bachelor’s degree in languages and linguistics from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. In addition to English, Ms. La Lime is fluent in French, Spanish and Portuguese.
Deputy Special Representative for the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH), Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Haiti.
Ms. Ulrika Richardson, a Swedish national, has dedicated more than 30 years to international cooperation. Most of her professional life has been devoted to international civil service in the field through the United Nations primarily in West and Central Africa, the Caribbean as well as Western Balkans and South-East Europe. Ms. Richardson has extensive experience in a broad range of development, conflict, post-conflict, and humanitarian settings in a wide range of complex political, socio-economic, fragility, and human rights contexts with a strong track record in advocating for women and children’s rights. She is also known to have in-depth knowledge of the multidimensional challenges Small Island Developing States are facing.
Prior to her current position as Deputy Special Representative for the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (BINUH), Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Haiti, Ms. Richardson served as UN Resident Coordinator in Kosovo.
Before that, she was the UN Resident Coordinator in Cabo Verde, where she also was the Resident Representative of UNDP, UNICEF, and UNFPA.
Ms. Richardson has ample experience in international affairs and development cooperation, having served as United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Gabon (2012-2013), Deputy Resident Representative in Turkey (2007-2012), and in Cuba (2004- 2007), where she also worked on regional disaster preparedness. She joined the Organization in 1995 with the United Nations Volunteer.
Ms. Richardson also held a position at the African Development Bank in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, on coordination, liaison, and negotiation of Nordic cooperation.
Prior to her international journey, she worked for the Swedish Immigration Board at a major Residential Refugee Camp for refugees during the Balkan wars.
Ms. Richardson holds a Master’s in international development and Development Economics from the University of Gothenburg as well as a Bachelor's in Social Psychology from the University of Lund, both in Sweden. She carried out her Master's research in Guinea Bissau financed by the Swedish International Development Agency.
Ms. Richardson is fluent in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.