Secretary-General António Guterres announced on 14 March 2019 the appointment of Khawla Matar of Bahrain as the Deputy Special Envoy for Syria.
Ms. Matar has profound knowledge of the region, the Syrian conflict, and the UN system. Her experience includes earlier assignments as the Deputy Head of the UN Development System Transition Team in New York, Deputy Executive Secretary for the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) in Beirut, Head of the Office of the Special Envoy for Syria in Damascus, Spokesperson for the Office of the Joint UN-League of Arab States Special Representative for Syria, and Director of the UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Cairo. She has extensively written and published on regional politics and related issues.
Ms. Matar holds a PhD in Sociology from the University of Durham in the United Kingdom.