Westporter To Lead UN Ebola Response

In more than 25 years as a peacekeeper and emergency management expert, Anthony Banbury has served the United Nations — and the world — in crises like the 2010 Haiti earthquake and 2004 Japan tsunami.

From 2003 to 2009 he was Asia regional director for the World Food Program.

Anthony Banbury

Anthony Banbury

Now the Westport resident has a new — and crucial — job. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has named Banbury as special representative and head of the UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response.

Banbury leaves tomorrow for Africa. Under his leadership, the mission will provide the operational framework to treat infected patients, ensure essential services, preserve stability and prevent the disease’s spread to other countries.

Before joining the UN, Banbury worked in the White House with the National Security Council, and at the Department of Defense.

2 responses to “Westporter To Lead UN Ebola Response

  1. May the force be with you 🙂

  2. I have known Tony for several years as he has been the winter renter of Alan Raymond’s house on Compo Mill Cove. And as the gate guard at Old Mill I have to know everybody and everything. I saw him yesterday when he told me that he was leaving the UN for a special assignment in Africa. One of his daughters was with him as yesterday was her birthday and she was the complete focus of Tony on her special day. One of his previous jobs with the UN was to be in charge of security for UN personnel in Africa. Tony is a tough humanitarian who knows the territory. There could not be a better choice to head his new mission.
    He is leaving for Liberia today. My heart will be with him.