Francis M. Deng
In May 2007, Dr. Francis M. Deng was appointed Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide at the level of Under-Secretary-General. Dr. Deng holds an LLB (Honors) from Khartoum University and an LLM and JSD from Yale Law School. He first joined the United Nations as Human Rights Officer in 1967. In 1992, he joined the Foreign Service of his country, the Sudan, and served as Ambassador to the United States, Canada, and the Scandinavian countries and as Minister of State for Foreign Affairs. After leaving his country’s service, Dr. Deng joined the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, where he founded and directed the Africa Project for twelve years. He served concurrently as the Representative of the Secretary-General on Internally Displaced Persons. Dr. Deng also held an appointment as Research Professor of International Politics, Law and Society at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, prior to which he was a Distinguished Professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.