Leila Manly-Spain is an Administrative Officer with the United Nations Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS), based in Nairobi. Her United Nations career started in 2004 when she Joined the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) as a United Nations Volunteer (UNV) until June of 2006. She then joined the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS, serving as an Administrative Assistant from July 2006 to August 2010. Her career path led her to serve in various capacities within the Regional Service Centre (RSCE) in Entebbe between 2011 and 2013. An accountant by profession, she is also a Certified Training Professional (CTP) and serves as a trainer within the organization. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Sunderland and plans to pursue her Masters in Leadership and Development.

Leila is passionate about leadership and staff causes, especially in the field of learning and development. She has served in her local Field Staff Unions (FSU) since 2006 and has been successful in championing various staff causes. She is an avid trainer, specializing in UN competencies and other soft skills. When she is not training, she is enjoying good quality food and music. Leila is known for her energy and frank, to the point demeanor. She is enthusiastic about life and can be found dancing whenever the opportunity presents itself.

Leila is a Guinea Bissau national, born in Egypt, who grew up in Russia, the United States, Gambia and the United Kingdom. Though Portuguese is her mother tongue, she is fluent in English, Portuguese Creole, English Krio, and Wolof. She can also get by in French and Spanish. Being a product of a multicultural upbringing, she is open to new experiences and is highly respectful and appreciative of culture dynamics and diversity issues.  Leila is married with three children.

Leila hopes to bring her love of life, truth, integrity, justice, leadership and pursuit of excellence to the FSU Executive Body. By so doing, empowering them with the prerequisite skills to professionalize the way in which members of the Union undertake their advocacy for staff.