Robert E. Sorenson assumed his duties as UNMIK’s Chief of Staff on
March 27, 2009, and serves as the Special Representative of the
Secretary General’s deputy.
A career U.S. diplomat, Mr. Sorenson left U.S. government service
in 2007 following his assignment as Chief of Mission to
the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba (2004-2007). Mr. Sorenson has had extensive service in the Balkan region serving as U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission in Pristina (2003-4) and Consul General in
Belgrade (1993-96). In addition, Mr. Sorenson served with
the UN Transitional Administration in Eastern Slavonia (UNTAES)
as media and political advisor (1997-8) and as an international monitor
with the follow-on OSCE Mission in Vukovar (1998).
As part of his foreign service, he has served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Reyjavik, Iceland (1998-2001) and Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (2001-2003).
In addition to his service in Washington, D.C. , Mr. Sorenson’s other assignments included serving as Country Coordinator for consular and refugee affairs in Ankara, Turkey (1988-92), and consular officer in Curacao (1985-87),
Amsterdam, (1979-82) and Tehran, Iran (1978-79).
Mr. Sorenson holds a M.A. degree from the U.S. Naval War College in
National Security and Strategic Studies (1997), a M.A. degree in
political science from Columbia University (1976) and B.A. degree
in East Asian Political Studies from Boston University (1974).
Mr. Sorenson is married and has a daughter and a son.
Jean-Claude Schlumberger of France took up his post as the Head of the OSCE Mission in Kosovo on 1 October 2012.
A career diplomat, he comes to the OSCE from Skopje, where he served as Ambassador of France from 2009 to 2012.
Ambassador Schlumberger was also posted to Germany, Algeria, the United States, Laos and Haiti. From 2006 to 2009, he was assigned to the Inspectorate-General of the Foreign Ministry.
He held senior positions in the Ministry’s department responsible for the United Nations and other international organizations and was Chief of Staff for Foreign Ministers Hervé de Charette in 1996 and Alain Juppé in 1993.