UNAMA's senior leadership team consists of Tadamichi Yamamoto, Ingrid Hayden and Toby Lanzer.

Special Representative of the Secretary-General

Tadamichi Yamamoto

Tadamichi YamamoTadamichi Yamamototo was appointed as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in June 2016.

At the time of his appointment Mr. Yamamoto was serving as the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan (Political Affairs), a position he had held since November 2014.

Mr. Yamamoto served as Ambassador of Japan to Hungary from 2012 and was the Special Representative of the Government of Japan for Afghanistan and Pakistan from 2010 to 2012.

He is a Japanese diplomat with 40 years of professional experience in political affairs, international cooperation and economic development, spanning several continents.

Mr. Yamamoto has held several positions with Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ranging from Director-General of the Public Diplomacy Department to Ambassador in charge of International Counter-Terrorism and Reconstruction Assistance to Iraq.

He has also served as the Permanent Delegate of Japan to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Mr. Yamamoto holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the Tokyo Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oxford, UK.

Born in 1950 he is married and has two children.


Acting Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (Political)

Ingrid Hayden

Ingrid Hayden was appointed as the Secretary-General’s Acting Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan effective January 2018.

Before taking up her current appointment, Ms. Hayden was based in New York with the Department of Political Affairs as Head of the Afghanistan Desk since 2014, a position she also held from 2003 to 2007.

Ms. Hayden has extensive experience working in the United Nations in the areas of peace and security, as well as management, with assignments including Afghanistan, Abyei, Chad, Central African Republic, the Sudan, South Sudan and Timor Leste. With more than 25 years of experience in the Organisation, she has held senior positions in the departments of Peacekeeping Operations and Political Affairs, as well as the Executive Office of the Secretary-General. She started her career in the United Nations in the Department of Management. She has undertaken field assignments in Afghanistan, Cambodia, Chad, Timor Leste and Darfur.

Prior to joining the United Nations, Ms. Hayden served with News Corporation, Price Waterhouse and Coopers Lybranth. A citizen of Australia, she graduated from the University of Queensland and is a Member of the Chartered Accountants Association.


Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator)

Toby Lanzer

Toby Lanzer was appointed as the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan in March 2017. He also holds the posts of UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Afghanistan.

Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Lanzer was UN Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Sahel from July 2015 to February 2017.

Since 1992 he has held various positions within the UN system, having served as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in South Sudan; Chief of Staff of the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT); Humanitarian Coordinator for Darfur, Sudan; UNDP Resident Representative in the Central African Republic (CAR); Chief of the Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP), based in UN headquarters, as well as the Head of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in both the Russian Federation and Georgia.

Mr. Lanzer has also worked on human rights issues for non-governmental organisations in Brazil and Chile.

The holder of a post-graduate certificate in forced migration, a master’s degree in international affairs with a specialization in economic and political development, and a bachelor’s degree in history, Toby Lanzer was educated at the University of Oxford, as well as Columbia University and the University of New Hampshire.