Lieutenant General Tadesse Werede Tesfay is Head of Mission and Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA). He was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to implement the mandate of the UN peacekeeping mission in the region of Abyei in Sudan, an oil-producing region with disputable borders between the governments of Sudan and South Sudan.
UNISFA was established by the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1990 of 27 June 2011. Lieutenant General Tadesse Werede Tesfay will oversee the monitoring and verification of the withdrawal of all armed forces in Abyei.
Lieutenant General Tesfay was born in Mekelle, a city in Enderta province of Ethiopia, he is a veteran in the Ethiopian National Defense Force and has held various high-ranking positions there.