Comfort Lamptey has an established track-record of working to promote women’s participation in political and peace processes. She currently works for UN Women as the Resident Representative for Nigeria. She is formerly the Regional Policy Advisor on Governance Peace and Security for the West and Central Africa region of the UN Women. Prior to this, she served as Senior Gender Adviser to the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) from 2011-2013. From 2004 to 2011, she served as Gender Adviser to the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations/Department of Field Support in New York, where she oversaw the development of a policy framework and guidance for addressing gender issues in peacekeeping operations. Ms. Lamptey also previously worked with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), both as a Regional Advisor in West Africa and as Senior Gender Advisor at the Headquarters in Geneva. She began her UN career with the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), in 1996, where she both designed and mobilized resources for UNIFEM’s initial global programme on women, peace and security.
Prior to joining the UN, Ms. Lamptey worked with the London-based NGO, International Alert, which specializes in the field of conflict prevention and conflict resolution. She also serves as a Board member to a number of African-based organizations working in the field of governance, peace, security and development. Ms. Lamptey hails from Ghana.