José Victor da Silva Angelo currently serves as the Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Mission in Central African Republic and Chad. He was appointed to the position by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in January 2008.
Angelo obtained a master's degree in sociology from Instituto Superior Economico e Social of the University of Evora, Portugal and studied for a Doctor of Philosophy in sociology at l’Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.
He started his career as a university lecturer and served as Senior Statistician in the Portuguese National Institute of Statistics. He was a member of the Electoral Commission of Portugal.
Later on, he joined the United Nations, where he served in various capacities, including United Nations Development Programme Special Envoy for East Timor and Asia, Deputy Regional Director for Africa at UNDP in New York, Resident Coordinator/Resident Representative in the United Republic of Tanzania and the Gambia, and Deputy Resident Representative in the Central African Republic. He also served as United Nations Population Fund Representative in Mozambique and United Nations Adviser in São Tomé and Príncipe.
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