Michael Keating is currently the United Nations Secretary General’s Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan. Michael was the Director of the Africa Progress Panel (APP) between 2008 and 2010. The APP consists of a group of eminent individuals, chaired by Kofi Annan, from Africa and beyond whose purpose is to promote Africa’s development by tracking progress, drawing attention to opportunities and blockages, and by catalyzing action, partnerships and practical support.
Prior to that, he worked for the United Nations, most recently, for four years, as UN Resident Coordinator and UN Development Programme Representative in Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world. He was responsible for advising government and its partners on economic growth, achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, and strengthening governance and accountability
From 2001 – 04 he served in Gaza and Jerusalem as Director of Socio-Economic and Humanitarian Affairs in the UN’s political office, UNSCO. From 1999-2001 he was Senior Advisor to the Administrator of the UN Development Programme in New York. He was advisor to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan in the late 90s.
His career outside the UN has included five years running a strategic communication firm focusing on environment, development, human rights and humanitarian issues, as well as several years in television and publishing. His first international job was as Executive Assistant to Sadruddin Aga Khan. He has undertaken assignments for a number of international and nongovernmental organizations, including the International Committee of the Red Cross, AMREF, the Department for International Development, the Royal Geographical Society and the International Organization for Migration.
He is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London. He has contributed to a wide range of journals and publications on international affairs and development issues, notably on Africa, Afghanistan and the Middle East, including Aid, Diplomacy and Facts on the Ground, published by Chatham House in 2005.
Michael Keating was born in 1959 in Uganda and raised in Africa. He studied History at Cambridge University. He is a British subject, is married and has four daughters.