Philippe Lazzarini (born 1964), is a national of Switzerland and Italy, working for the United Nations. He has served as Deputy UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL) since August 2015, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme in Lebanon. Prior to his current assignment, he was the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia, where he also served as UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative. Before that Mr. Lazzarini held senior positions in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Mr. Lazzarini holds a Master in Business Administration from the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Lausanne and a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Neuchâtel. He started his international career in 1989 when he joined the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and served as delegate in multiple duty stations, including Southern Sudan, Lebanon, Jordan and Gaza. From there Mr. Lazzarini went on to lead the ICRC operations in Bosnia, Angola and Rwanda. He also served as Deputy Head of the ICRC Communications Department. In September 1999, Mr. Lazzarini joined the Union Bancaire Privée in Geneva where he worked on promoting the corporate social responsibilities and ethical investment agenda of the Bank and as Head of the Marketing Department. In 2003, Mr. Lazzarini joined the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) as Area Coordinator in Mossul, Iraq. From there he went on to serve as Head of Office for OCHA in Angola, Somalia, and in the occupied Palestinian territory. In 2010, Mr. Lazzarini became the Deputy Director of the Coordination and Response Division for OCHA and in 2013 he was appointed as the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme in Somalia. On 24 April 2015, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Mr. Lazzarini as his Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon, where he also serves as Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative, succeeding Mr. Ross Mountain.
He is married and has four children. His wife, Antonia Mulvey, is a British lawyer and Founder and Executive Director of Legal Action Worldwide (LAW).
Publications and Interviews
- "Time to revitalize Lebanon’s economy", 17 June 2016: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Business/Local/2016/Jun-17/357390-time-to-revitalize-lebanons-economy.ashx
- "Les leçons apprises du Liban au Sommet mondial sur l’action humanitaire", 25 Avril 2016: http://www.lorientlejour.com/article/982775/les-lecons-apprises-du-liban-au-sommet-mondial-sur-laction-humanitaire.html
- "Pulling Lebanon back from the edge of the crisis" 28 January 2016: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2016/Jan-28/334355-pulling-lebanon-back-from-the-edge-of-the-crisis.ashx
- "Lebanon’s silent heroes", 19 August 2015: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2015/Aug-19/311739-lebanons-silent-heroes.ashx
- Lazzarini to place Lebanon’s needs as top priority on global agenda, 15-01-2016: https://assafir.com/Article/50/466890/AuthorArticle
- Lazzarini interview with Annahar Newspaper, 30 September 2015: http://www.un.org.lb/english/latest-news/lazarinni-to-annahar-newspaper-world-bank-has-mtpf-of-above-100-million-in-form-of-loans-for-lebanon-but-these-are-pending-decision-making
- Somalia: Early warning should trigger early action [VIDEO], 22 October 2014: http://www.unocha.org/top-stories/all-stories/somalia-early-warning-should-trigger-early-action-video
- Deputy Special Representative, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Somalia Philippe Lazzarini discusses civil-military dialogue in support of humanitarian action in Somalia, November 2013: http://www.unocha.org/top-stories/all-stories/somalia-early-warning-should-trigger-early-action-video