Head of Mission and Force Commander Lieutenant General Ishwar Hamal, UNDOF

Head of Mission and Force Commander Lieutenant General Ishwar Hamal, UNDOF

Head of Mission and Force Commander Lieutenant General Ishwar Hamal, UNDOF

Lieutenant General Ishwar Hamal joined UNDOF as the Head of Mission and Force Commander on 10th July 2020. Lieutenant General Hamal has a distinguished military career at both national and international levels. He has a vast experience of serving as a peacekeeper in various United Nations missions. He served as a member of United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in 1990 and 2000 and United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR) in former Yugoslavia in 1994. He has also served in United Nations Mission in Côte d'Ivoire (UNOCI) in 2006-07 as a Military Observer.

In a distinguished service spanning over 36 years in Nepali Army, Lieutenant General Hamal successfully completed wide-ranging appointments and assignments. It includes command of an Independent Company, Infantry Battalion, Infantry Brigade and Mid-Eastern Division. He also served as the Commandant of Birendra Peace Operation Training Centre and Army Command and Staff College. His important staff appointments include Military Assistant to the Chief of Army Staff, Military Secretary, Director of Military Operations, Chief of Staff of a Division and Quarter Master General.

During his illustrious career, he has completed various courses with distinction from home and abroad. His home courses mainly include Infantry Young Officers’ Course, Counter Insurgency and Jungle warfare Course, Company Commander and Staff Course, Para Jump Training and Junior Staff Course. Similarly, his overseas trainings are Artillery Young Officers’ Course and Long Gunnery Staff Course in India, Peace and Stability Course in the USA and Senior Strategic Leadership Programme in UK.

Lt Gen Hamal is an eminent scholar. He is a distinguished graduate of Nepali Army Command and Staff College, Shivapuri, US Army Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, and US Army War College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He holds Master’s Degrees in Public Administration from Tribhuvan University and Strategic Studies from US Army War College, and Counter Terrorism Fellowship from National Defense University,Washington D.C.

Lt Gen Hamal is an avid reader, keen sportsman, and a passionate traveler. He is happily married to Mrs Roshani Hamal.