MINURSOUnited Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara

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Mission Leadership
Kim Bolduc from Canada has most recently served as United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Panama from 2010 to 2014. From November 2009 to April 2010, she served as the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General/Humanitarian Coordinator for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). From 2006 to 2009, Ms. Bolduc served as the Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Brazil.

Previously, she held various appointments within the United Nations system in the field, including in Honduras from 2004 to 2006; in Iraq in 2003, in Peru from 1997 to 2002 and in Ecuador from 1992 to 1997. She joined the United Nations in 1987 and served in Africa for eight years.

Ms. Bolduc obtained her Master degree in International Development and Cooperation from Ottawa University in Canada and was trained in Conflict Resolution and Humanitarian Action at Ottawa University and the University of Geneva.

Born in 1952, Ms. Bolduc is married and has one son. 

Major General Muhammad Tayyab Azam (PAKISTAN)

Force Commander

Major General Muhammad Tayyab Azam has 30 years of national and international military experience. Prior to his present appointment, he was serving as Inspector General Frontier Corps, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa since February 2014. He has held various command and staff appointments in his military career. He commanded an Infantry Battalion from 2001to 2002 and an Infantry Brigade from 2009 to 2010. He has also served as Colonel Staff in an Infantry Division from 2008 to 2009.

General Officer is a graduate of Command and Staff College Quetta and National Defence University. He holds master’s degree in International Relations and Strategic War Studies. He also holds Diploma in German Language. He has done Company Commander Course from Germany; and served as Military Observer in the Democratic Republic of Congo in Year 2000 / 2001.

He is married and has four daughters.


Alexander Ivanko (Russian Federation)

Senior Political Advisor
Alexander Ivanko, a national of the Russian Federation, was born in 1962 in Moscow. After graduating in 1984 from the Faculty of Journalism at Moscow State University, he joined as a reporter Izvestia, at that time a leading daily in the Soviet Union. He worked as a correspondent in Afghanistan in 1989 and in the U.S in 1992-94.

In 1994, he went to Croatia to work for the UN Protection Force in Former Yugoslavia (UNPROFOR) as a Press Officer and several months later as Spokesperson in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 1998, he joined the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) as an Adviser to the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media. He returned to peacekeeping in 2006 as Director of Public Information and Spokesperson for the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).

He was appointed to MINURSO in June 2009 as Senior Political Adviser.

Head of Liaison Office, Tindouf