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Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Mark Bowden

Mark Bowden is the UN Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Afghanistan, as of 8 November 2012.

Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Bowden was the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, UNDP Resident Representative and UN Designated Official for Somalia, from April 2008 – November 2012. Mr. Bowden previously served as Director of Civil Affairs in the United Nations Mission in Sudan and as Chief of the Policy Development and Studies Branch in the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. From 1999 to 2001 he was Conflict Management Adviser for Africa in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of United Kingdom. Earlier in his career, Mr. Bowden worked for Save the Children Fund, including as Country Director in Bangladesh, Head of Regional Office for East Africa and Africa Director.

Mr. Bowden holds a Bachelor degree in Psychology and Economics from Brunel University.

Born in 1951, he has two daughters.