Mr. Lebohang Kenneth Moleko
Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General
Dr. Lebohang Moleko was appointed Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General with the rank of Assistant Secretary-General in September 2006, based in Asmara. Prior to taking up the position, Dr. Moleko worked as a consultant for the UNICEF Liaison Office to the African Union in Addis Ababa.
Dr. Moleko was Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Lesotho to the UN from 2001 to 2005, with extra-accreditation to the Republic of Cuba. He was President of the UNICEF Executive Board in 2004 and Vice-President in 2003, representing the Africa region.
From 1999-2001, Dr. Moleko was Lesotho’s Ambassador to the USA, with extra-accreditation to the Republic of Mexico. He became Lesotho’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China in 1994 and is credited with reopening Lesotho’s Embassy in Beijing and forging close Sino-Lesotho ties. From Beijing Ambassador Moleko had extra-accreditation to Japan, Republic of Korea, Indonesia and Thailand. He was also High Commissioner to India, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.
Dr. Moleko obtained an Advanced Certificate in Conflict Management at the Centre for International Development and Conflict Management at the University of Maryland in 2000. He holds a Doctorate Degree in Physics from the University of Ottawa, Canada. Before becoming a career diplomat, he was Associate Professor of Physics and Head of Department at the National University of Lesotho and during the same period, was a visiting Scientist in the Physics Department of the University of Alberta. He was also a Research Associate in the Chemistry Department of the University of Western Ontario in Canada. Dr. Moleko has published many papers in peer reviewed journals. Recognized as a Professional Physicist, he is a member of the Canadian Association of Physicists and a life member of the American Physical Society.
Dr. Moleko was born on 12 October 1950 in Maseru. He is married with four children.