UNMOGIP Leadership

 

 

Rear Admiral Guillermo Pablo Ríos

Head of Mission / Chief Military Observer

Rear Admiral Guillermo Pablo Ríos or Argentina joined the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) as Head of Mission and Chief Military Observer on 10 July 2022.

Rear Admiral Ríos has had a distinguished career in the Argentinean Navy since 1988, when he graduated from the Navy Academy as Middleshipman.  Most recently, he served as the General Director of Education, Training and Doctrine of the Joint Staff (2022).  Prior to this, he was Marines Infantry Commander (Corps Commander) (2020-2021); Marines Infantry Fleet Commander (Brigade Commander) (2019); Education Department Chief, Navy Warfare School (2018); and Defence, Military, Naval and Air Attaché in the Russian Federation (2016-2018).  He was a Training Officer in a United States Marine Corps Regiment under a United States and Argentine Marines Exchange Programme (2002-2003). 

Rear Admiral Guillermo Ríos has served in two peacekeeping operations, including the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) in 1993 and 1994 and the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization (UNTSO) in 2007.  He has also served as a Humanitarian Demining Supervisor with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Angola (1997-1998). 

Rear Admiral Ríos speaks fluent English and basic Portuguese and Russian.  He holds Postgraduate degrees from the Naval University Institute and E-Salud University in Argentina.

 

 

 

 

 

George E. Scheibner

Chief of Mission Support

George Scheibner, dual citizen of the United States of America and Spain joined the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) on 6 January 2023. as the Chief of Mission Support (CMS). Prior to this, he served in various administrative and mission support capacities with UNAMID (Sudan) as Senior Mission Support Officer, ECLAC’s Regional Headquarters (Trinidad and Tobago) as the Chief of the Administration Section Chief of the Mission Support Center, and UNITAD (Iraq) as Chief of the Mission Support Coordination Office.

Mr. Scheibner  brings to this position more than 30 years of international management, administration, human resources, and learning and development experience with multinational corporations and international organizations, including the Secretariat of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Geneva

In his extensive career with the United Nations System, Mr. Scheibner served as Learning and Organizational Development Officer with the United Nations System Staff College in Turin (Italy) Training Officer of the Conduct and Discipline Team in MONUC (D.R. Congo), Best Practices Officer in UNIOSIL (Sierra Leone), Chief Training Officer in MINUSTAH (Haiti), Sr. Training Officer for the Integrated Training Service at the UN Headquarters in New York, Chief of the Integrated Mission Training Center and Chief Staff Counseling and Welfare in UNAMID (Sudan), and Senior Mission Support Officer also in UNAMID.  In his most recent UN assignments, he was Chief of the Administration Section at the Regional Headquarters of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean in Trinidad and Tobago and Chief of the Mission Support Center in UNITAD (Iraq).

Mr. Scheibner was born in Barcelona, Spain.  He is a dual citizen of the United States of America and Spain.  He is a native speaker of Spanish and Catalan and is fluent in Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, and Portuguese. He also speaks some Russian and has begun to learn Urdu.

Mr. Scheibner holds an MBA in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in USA, an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the American University in Cairo in Egypt, and a BA (magna cum laude) from San Francisco State University also in the USA.  He also holds a certificate in Human Resources Management from Cornell University, and accreditations as Certified Training Professional and  Certified Coaching and Mentoring Professional, both from ITD World in Malaysia.