Leadership

Major General (retired) Michael Beary

UNMHA Head of Mission and Chair of the Redeployment Coordination Committee (RCC)

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Major General (retired) Michael Beary of Ireland as Head of the United Nations Mission to Support the Hudaydah Agreement (UNMHA) and Chair of the Redeployment Coordination Committee on 23 December 2021.

Major General Beary brings a wealth of experience in military operations, and United Nations peace operations, gained over 40 years of overseas military deployments, including in Afghanistan, the Balkans, Croatia, Iraq, Somalia and Uganda. From 2016 to 2018, Major General Beary served as Head of Mission and Force Commander of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). Prior to the appointment in Lebanon, he served as Commander of the European Union Training Mission (EUTM) in Somalia and General Officer commanding Second Brigade in the Irish Defence Forces with a wide variety of assignments, holding command and staff officer appointments, including at the unit, brigade and defence force headquarters levels. General Beary has lectured at universities in Ireland, and authored publications on international peacekeeping, while also having led United Nations Boards of Inquiry in Africa.

Major General Beary holds a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Business Studies and a Master of Science in national security strategy. He is a graduate of the Command and Staff School of the Irish Defence Forces, University College Galway, the Smurfit Business School University College Dublin and the National War College at the National Defence University in Washington, D.C.

Major General Beary succeeds Lieutenant General (retired) Abhijit Guha of India.

Ms Vivian van de Perre

             UNMHA Deputy Head of Mission

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Ms. Vivian van de Perre of the Netherlands as Deputy Head of the United Nations Mission to Support the Hudaydah Agreement (UNMHA) on 5 July 2022.

Ms. van de Perre brings a wealth of experience from UN field missions and Headquarters. She joins UNMHA from the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA), where she served as Chief of Staff.  Prior to her role at MINUSCA,  Ms. van de Perre was the Director of the Field Operations Finance Division, Department of Management Strategy, Policy and Compliance at United Nations Headquarters. She has also held senior positions, including as Mission Chief of Staff for the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) (2017), Head of Office for the Special Envoy for Burundi (2016-2017), Executive Officer for the then Department of Political Affairs (2013-2016) and Principal Officer in the Secretary-General’s Change Implementation Team (2012-2013).  From 1985-1998, Ms. van de Perre served in the Royal Dutch Army, including as a seconded military officer in the then Department of Peacekeeping Operations. 

She holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, USA and an undergraduate degree from the Dutch Royal Military Academy in the Netherlands.

Ms. van de Perre succeeds Ms. Daniela Kroslak of Germany.