Gilles Michaud of Canada took up the role of Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security with the United Nations Department of Safety and Security on 1 July 2019.
Mr. Michaud, who since 2016 served as Deputy Commissioner for Federal Policing with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), brings to the position a wealth of experience in counter-terrorism, national security and management of substantial human, physical and financial resources. Mr. Michaud has an extensive background in multilateral organizations as the lead on peacekeeping, international capacity-building and liaison activities for the RCMP and he has served on the Executive Committee of INTERPOL.
During his three decades as a police officer, Mr. Michaud oversaw the RCMP’s national security criminal investigations program and led the Federal Policing Program, with responsibility for investigating sophisticated criminal activity, national security threats, transnational organized crime, protective policing, witness protection and border security.
Mr. Michaud is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Program in National and International Security and McGill University’s Executive Development Program. He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Executive Institute’s 39th Session, the FBI National Academy’s 213th Session and the Leadership in Counter-Terrorism Program administered by the FBI National Academy.