Our Team in Egypt

Elena Panova UNRC

Elena Panova

RCO
UN Resident Coordinator
 
 
Ms. Panova took up her appointment as the UN Resident Coordinator in Egypt in 11 January 2021. She has more than 22 years of development and management experience, including all aspects of programme management, cross-areas collaboration and resource mobilization, with specific experience in government and private sector financing.

At the United Nations, she most recently served as Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan, having held several leadership positions at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), including Senior Programme Coordinator overseeing the coordination of all regional UNDP and inter-agency programmes at the UNDP Regional Hub in Istanbul.
Before joining the United Nations in 1999, Ms. Panova was the Executive Director of a local non-governmental organization, delivering business support services to micro-, small and women entrepreneurs in Bulgaria.

She holds a master’s degree in international law and foreign trade from the University for National and World Economy and a master’s degree in microelectronics from the Technical Chemical University, both in Bulgaria.
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AbdulHakim Elwaer

FAO
Assistant Director-General, Regional Representative for Near East and North Africa
 
 
Mr. AbdulHakim Elwaer, is FAO Assistant Director- General and Regional Representative for the Near East and North Africa.

Mr. Elwaer, a national of Libya, holds a Ph.D. of Philosophy in Environmental Chemistry from Sheffield University, the United Kingdom, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Organizational Leadership from the Gestalt Centre of Organizations and Systems Development in the United States, and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering and Science Technology from the University of Sabha in Libya.

Mr. Elwaer served as Secretary of Environmental General Authority (Minister of Environment) of the Government of Libya in Tripoli and was elected President of the African Ministerial Congress on Environment (AMCEN) from 2004 to 2006.

In 2007, he joined the African Union as Director for Human Resources, Science and Technology, and became Director for Administration and Human Resources Management in 2009.

During his career at the African Union (AU), Mr. Elwaer has supervised and managed the Establishment of several African unique initiatives and institutions.

Prior to joining the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), he served as Adviser to the President on Global Advocacy and Partnerships at the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where he also served as the IsDB Spokesperson and Director of Cooperation, Partnerships, Regional Integration and Resource Mobilization from 2014 to 2017. He was further appointed IsDB’s Sherpa at G20 and Heads of Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs).
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Adam B. Elhiraika

UN ECA
Director of UNECA’s Subregional Office for North Africa
 
 
 
Adam B. Elhiraika (PhD – Glasgow University) is the Director of UNECA’s Subregional Office for North Africa. He previously served as Director of Macroeconomics and Governance Division of UNECA where he directly led the work of ECA on macroeconomic policy, development planning, economic governance and public finance and coordinated key flagship publications including the Economic Report on Africa, The Economic Governance Report and the Sustainable Development Report. He recently served as Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister of Sudan (2020-2022) on leave from the UN. Before joining ECA in 2004, he was a Research Economist at the Islamic Development Bank (Saudi Arabia), Associate Professor of Economics at the United Arab Emirates University, Senior Lecturer at the University of Swaziland and the University of Fort Hare (South Africa) and Assistant Professor at Gezira University (Sudan). Mr. Elhiraika has a PhD in economics and several publications in internationally refereed journals as well as monographs and books.
Adel Darwish

Adel Darwish

ITU
Regional Director Regional Office for the Arab States
 
 
 
Adel Mohamed Darwish, the recently appointed Director, Regional Office of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) for the Arab States, covering 22 Arab countries, has more than 20 years’ experience in the field of telecommunications, spanning incumbent operator, startup operator, and regulator. In his different roles, Mr. Darwish has been involved with international relations, not only in the ITU, but also in organizations including ICANN, GSMA, the GCC Council, the League of Arab States, Arab Regulatory Network (AREGNET), and SAMENA Council.
Based in Bahrain, Mr. Darwish has held leadership positions in major conferences at the ITU and outside. He is known for his leadership of the GCC Council Roaming Working Group from 2009 to 2020, during which time the
group achieved a major reduction in roaming rates in the region. Mr Darwish was also active in international bilateral projects and negotiations both within the Arab region and beyond.

Mr. Darwish, with the experience from both private and public sectors, is committed to strengthening regional ICT evolution as well as further enhancing the role of the ITU at the Arab regional level, coordinating globally with other
regions. His vision is to help achieve an information society, empowered by the interconnected world, where telecommunication/information and communication technologies enable and accelerate social, economic and
environmentally sustainable growth and development for everyone.
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Ahmed Rezk

UN-Habitat
Country Director for UN-Habitat Egypt
 
 
 
Ahmed Rezk started his work career in 2004, joining the Centre for Economic and Financial Research and Studies (CEFRS) as Economic Researcher after graduating from the Faculty of Economics and Political Sciences at Cairo University. He then joined the Industrial Modernization Centre (IMC) as an Industry Development Expert. Then, he was appointed as the manager of the National Policy Support Unit of IMC. Later, he took the position of Deputy CEO for Policy and International Cooperation at the Export Development Authority.
In 2018, he joined the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) as the National Programme Officer at the Regional Hub Office in Egypt. By 2022, he was promoted to Deputy Regional Representative at the same office.

He has a M.S in Euro Mediterranean Studies from the Faculty of Economics and Political Sciences, Cairo University, and an Advanced Certificate in International Trade from the UK Institute of Export. Through the past 15 years, he developed substantial experience supporting productive development and supervised commissioned work in this area. His essential expertise includes market studies, export plans, development strategies, and policy reform plans. He is acquainted with governmental entities, international organizations, donor-funded and development programs.
Alessandro

Alessandro Fracassetti

UNDP
Resident Representative
 
 
Mr Fracassetti brings to the position over 25 years of management and development experience in international organizations and has a track record of strong partnerships with governments and development partners in transition and middle-income countries.
His last post has been as UNDP Resident Representative in Azerbaijan. His prior assignments in UNDP include Deputy Resident Representative in Azerbaijan from 2016 to 2018, Deputy Resident Representative in North Macedonia from 2011 to 2016, Deputy Resident Representative in Croatia from 2006 to 2011 and Assistant Resident Representative in Belarus from 2004 to 2006.
Before UNDP, he served with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1996 to 1998 as Senior Election Officer and from 1998 to 2000 as Senior Political Advisor, and in Croatia from 2000 to 2004 as OSCE Spokesperson and Head of Public Affairs.
Mr. Fracassetti is a national of Italy. He holds a Master’s degree in Politics and Administration of the European Union from the College of Europe in Bruges, a BA in International Relations from the University of Sussex and a Certificate of Political Studies from Science Po Strasbourg. He is married and has two sons.
Carlos Oliver Cruz

Carlos Oliver Cruz

IOM
Chief of Mission of International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Egypt
 
 
 
Oliver Cruz has an extensive professional experience who, before coming to Cairo, served as IOM’s Senior Policy and Liaison Officer in Athens, Greece. Carlos has also worked at Headquarters in the Office of the Director General as Special Assistant to the Deputy Director General.
Prior to joining the IOM in 2012, he worked at the Kofi Annan Foundation, a non-for-profit organization established by the former Secretary-General of the United Nations, the late Kofi Annan, to promote better global governance and more effective responses to emerging threats.
Previously, he worked at DARA, a non-profit organization in Madrid, where he was part of the team that established the Humanitarian Response Index, which measures the performance of the OECD/DAC humanitarian donor countries.
Carlos started his professional career at the Club de Madrid, an organization of more than 100 former heads of state and government working to promote and improve the well-being of people around the world.
He holds a bachelor and master’s degree in diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University in NJ, USA. During his teenagerhood, he lived in Cairo for over 3 years and attended the Lycée Français du Caire in Maadi.

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Charles Sebukeera

UNEP
Regional Science Policy Coordinator for Africa, Agency Representative for Uganda and Egypt.
 
 
 
Mr. Charles Sebukeera is the Regional Science Policy Coordinator for Africa at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP, working with a number of countries on the continent to ensure integration of environmental sustainability into their National Development Plans (NDP) and the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks.

Mr. Sebukeera is also UNEP’s focal point and Agency Representative on the UNCT for Uganda and Egypt.

He has over 36 years of national and international working experience in environment and sustainable development and a pioneer of some of the most significant institutional arrangements for environmental management on the continent, some of which have been benchmarked by the UN, World Bank and other development agencies in a number of countries, for example National Environment Management Authorities and Environment Information Networks.

Moreover, Mr. Sebukeera has extensive experience in strategic environmental information packaging for decision support, including GIS applications and remote sensing for data visualization. He is directly responsible for UNEP Early Warning and Assessment activities in Africa and building capacity for evidence-based decision making for local and national governments.

UN Women Country Rep

Christine Arab

UN Women
UN Women Egypt Country Representative
 
 
Christine Arab has worked on gender equality and women’s human rights in the UN System for over 20 years. Ms. Arab began her career with UN Women in 1998 in Jordan, and has worked in the Arab States, Asia and the Pacific, the Balkans, the Caucasus and the Caribbean.

Ms. Arab has twice served as UN Women Country Representative prior to her appointment in Egypt – in with the Caribbean Multi-Country Office and the Albania Country Office. Ms. Arab was the UN Women Chief of the Asia-Pacific Section at HQ, and served as an advisor on the UN Women Executive Director’s Transition team when UN Women was established. Ms. Arab has headed up UN Women (formerly UNIFEM) offices in the Southern Caucasus and Afghanistan, and worked in the former sub-regional offices as a programme specialist for the Arab States, Central Europe and the Balkans, and Central Asia.

Ms. Arab has a Master of Arts in Political Science from Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada.
Cristina Albertin

Cristina Albertin

UNODC
Regional Representative
 
 
Ms Cristina Albertin is the UNODC Regional Representative for the Middle East and North Africa. Working for UNODC since 1994, Ms Albertin has served in different capacities in Peru and at UNODC Headquarters in Vienna (Regional Section Latin America and the Caribbean) before becoming a Representative in Bolivia, South Asia, and Nigeria. Before joining UNODC, she worked for three years with the World Food Programme in Bolivia.
WHO representative Dr Nima

Dr Nima Saeed Abid

Representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Egypt
 
 
 
Dr Nima Saeed Abid has been appointed to be the Representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Egypt on 21 December 2023. Dr Abid was appointed as the Representative of WHO Country Office in Sudan in August 2020 – November 2023. Previously he was acting WHO Representative in Country Office Syria and before that in Pakistan.

Dr Abid led Polio Eradication Programme in Pakistan for 10 years and also worked as Team Leader Polio Eradication Programme at Regional Center of WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region

Before joining WHO Dr. Abid was Director General of Public Health and Primary Health Care in his home country Iraq.

Dr Abid holds a degree in Medicine and Surgery and Iraq Board in Community Medicine
Dr. Walid Kamal

Dr Walid Kamal

UNAIDS
Country Manager
 
 
 
Dr. Walid Kamal is a medical doctor graduated from Cairo university in 1996, he has a fellowship of epidemiology and has a health care management and Infection control diploma from the American University in Cairo.
He brings over fifteen years experience in the field of public health and infectious diseases. He started his career in 2002 as Monitoring and Evaluation Officer in the Ministry of Health and Population and held many positions until appointed as the National AIDS program Director in late 2013. He led the process of restructuring Egypt national response and updating the National Strategic Plan (NSP) 2015 and 2018-2022 as well as the related M&E Plan and tools.
Prior to joining UNAIDS in 2020, he worked as Program Manager at UNDP for the Global Fund for HIV and TB project in Egypt July 2019.
He contributed as team leader for many surveys and researches related to HIV and key population as Population Size Estimate, integrated bio behavior survey, HIV and hepatitis in Egypt.
Dr. Kamal conducted and contributed to the preparation of many national guidelines for different topics such as counselling, care & antiretroviral therapy, sexual and reproductive health (SRH). He participates as faculty member on setting the national strategic plan and STI national framework.
Dr. Kamal has extensive experience on preparing training curriculum and manuals as well as conducted many studies on HIV and AIDS related sociology and behaviors of affected population and Co-infections.
He was assigned by the Ministry of Health and Population as core member in the National HIV Scientific Committee in Egypt and representing UNAIDS in the independent oversight committee.

Dr Hanan Ramadan-UNHCR Egypt Rep.

Dr. Hanan Hamdan

UNHCR
UNHCR Egypt Representative
 
 
 
Dr. Hanan Hamdan has been appointed as the Representative of the United Nations Refugee Agency, UNHCR, to Egypt and to the League of Arab States in March 2023. Previously, she was the Representative of UNHCR in Tunisia, and the Head of UNHCR Office in the State of Kuwait. During her service, she was simultaneously assigned the post and duties of Acting Resident Coordinator for the United Nations Country Team.

Prior to her current appointment, Dr. Hamdan worked at UNHCR in a number of different posts and positions in Geneva, Cairo, Beirut, Algeria, Baghdad and Amman as a consultant and legal officer, serving refugees.

Previously, Dr. Hamdan was a lecturer and senior consultant at the American University of Beirut.

Dr. Hamdan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Studies and Public Administration from the American University of Beirut. She received her Master of Arts in International Conflict Analysis and Doctorate degree in International Relations specializing in Refugee Studies from the University of Kent, Canterbury.
Eric Oechslin

Eric Oechslin

ILO
Director of Cairo Office and Decent Work Team for North Africa
 
 
Mr Oechslin is an economist holding a postgraduate certificate in Mathematical Economy and Econometrics from the Pantheon-Assas University (Paris). He joined ILO in 2012 as Senior Specialist for Employers’ Activities for the North African region. Prior to that, he worked for more than 13 years as Senior Adviser for Europe at the International Organization of Employers.
Germaine UNFPA

Germaine Haddad

Officer in Charge of the Egypt Country Office
 
 
 
Germaine Haddad is currently serving as Officer in Charge of the Egypt Country Office.
Germaine has served as the Assistant Representative and Head of Programmes at UNFPA Egypt since 2016. She has also served as the Gender Advisor (AI) on Detail Assignment in the Regional Office from March-September 2023.
Prior to her current role, she was a gender specialist with the Country Office between 2008-2016. She also worked as the Gender & Development Analyst at UNDP and prior still, as a Senior Gender Officer at the Ombudsman Office at the National Council for Women.

Germaine brings decades of experience in development and programme management to UNFPA. She has extensive experience on gender equality, youth empowerment, Sexual Reproductive Health & Rights, Population and Development, gender-based violence and harmful practices’
protection and response systems.

She holds a Masters degree in Professional Development studies-Political Science and a Bachelor degree in Political science (specialization in International Relations) and Business Administration from the American University in Cairo. She also possesses a diploma on Women' Rights and International Human Rights Standards from Raoul Wallenberg Institute, Lund University, Sweden.
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Jean-Pierre de Margerie

WFP
The UN World Food Porgramme (WFP) Representative and Country Director in Egypt
 
 
 
Mr. Jean-Pierre de Margerie is a seasoned humanitarian and development professional specializing in food security, with over 30 years in the field. Throughout his career with the World Food Programme (WFP), he has held numerous roles, including WFP Representative and Country Director in North Korea, Rwanda, and Cambodia, and most recently as Deputy Director of the Programme Division at WFP headquarters in Italy. He has also served as the Deputy Country Director in Nepal and East Timor, and as Regional Programme Advisor in Thailand.
Mr. de Margerie holds an M.A. in International Affairs from Carleton University, a B.A. in Political Science from Laval University, a B.A. in Business Administration from Sherbrooke University, and a Certificate in French Civilization from the Sorbonne.
A Canadian national, Mr. de Margerie is fluent in French, English, and Italian. He is married with two children and has a professional interest in innovation, science and technology, capacity building, South-South cooperation, public-private alliances, and developing strategic partnerships to address food security and nutrition issues.
Jeremy

Jeremy Hopkins

UNICEF
Representative
 
 
Jeremy Hopkins is half Kenyan and half British and graduated with a MA in Arabic and Social Anthropology (Edinburgh) and a MSc in Development Studies (SOAS – University of London).

He started his career with WFP in Somalia then moved to UNICEF where he worked in Somalia managing programmes at the field level in Child Protection, Youth Engagement, children affected by HIV and related Behaviour Change Communication. He continued to work on Child Protection in Mozambique with a specific focus on HIV.
More recently Jeremy was acting as a Representative for UNICEF in South Sudan and has just completed his tour of duty as UNICEF Representative in Burundi August 2020.
Margo El Helou

Marguerite El Helou

UNIC
Director of United Nations Information Centre in Cairo
 
 
 
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Marguerite El Helou (Margo El Helou) of Lebanon as Director of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Cairo. She assumed her new duties on 1 June 2023.
A field office of the United Nations Department of Global Communications, the United Nations Information Centre in Cairo provides services to Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
Ms. El Helou has 25 years of experience in communications, including eight years as Director, UNIC Beirut. She also worked for the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia. Prior to the United Nations, she was responsible for communications in the Near East for Procter & Gamble and a marketing manager for several companies.
Ms. El Helou has extensive experience in designing and implementing communication strategies for the United Nations in the Middle East and North Africa. She has developed communications campaigns on the Sustainable Development Goals, climate change, women’s empowerment, migration, racism and hate speech. She has worked with both traditional and digital media, including the web and social media platforms. She also has a wide knowledge of the media scene in the Middle East and North Africa region as well as a deep understanding of the political, economic and social issues in the region.
Ms. El Helou holds a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from the American University of Beirut as well as certificates in media, television, external relations, marketing, and business solutions. She is fluent in English, French and Arabic.
Mohamed Abdelgadir

Mohamed Abdelgadir

IFAD
Country Director for Egypt Head of IFAD Multi-Country Office for the Near East, North Africa and Europe Division
 
 
 
Mr. Abdelgadir served IFAD for more than 17 years as Country Director for Bosnia, Jordan, Iraq, Uzbekistan and Yemen. In this capacity, he led the design of a number of country strategic opportunities programmes (COSOPs), designed and supervised more than 27 projects in the five counties. His responsibilities include managing projects under the portfolios; promoting capacity building of rural people to participate in local and national policy and advocating for programmes that improve the access of poor rural people to natural resources; agricultural technologies; financial services; markets; employment opportunities and enterprise development.
Before joining the Fund in 2005, Abdelgadir served in the FAO Regional Office in Cairo. He has contributed to many policies in the Near East region, including those related to agricultural trade, market access and food safety. His earlier positions include Director of the Economic and Social Research Institute of the National Centre for Research in Sudan, Director of the Finance and Investment for the Gezira Scheme and faculty member at the University of Gezira in Sudan.
Abdelgadir holds a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Hohenheim in Germany.


Al Nsour

Mohammad Ali Alnsour

OHCHR
Chief of the Middle East and North Africa Section at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
 
 
 
Mohammad Ali ALNSOUR is currently the Chief of the Middle East and North Africa Section at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. He has also served as adviser to the High Commissioner for Human Rights (201415). Prior to that, he held the posts of Director at the Legal Department of the Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2013), Human Rights Advisor to the Jordanian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York (2009-13) and
Senior Officer in the cabinet of the Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs (2008-9). He served at the Jordanian Permanent Mission to the League of Arab States in Cairo, Egypt (2003-8) where he participated in the drafting of the Arab Charter on Human Rights and served as an elected member of the Charter’s committee. He also worked as legal researcher in the Office of the Prime Minister from 1998 to 2001. He is a lawyer and member of the Jordanian Bar Association. He holds a Master’s degree in International Law and Human Rights, Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution, Higher diploma in Diplomacy, and BA in Law.

He is a Jordanian national, married with three children.

Mounir Tabet

Mounir Tabet

UN ESCWA
Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)
 
 
 
Mr. Mounir Tabet (Canada) assumed his official duties as Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) on 7 September 2018.
Prior to that, Mr. Tabet served as UNDP Country Director in Iraq (2016-2018), where he oversaw the Stabilization and Transition Programme.
From 2013 to 2016, Mr. Tabet served as the United Nations and UNDP Resident Coordinator in Tunisia, where he provided support for the transition process including electoral support, constitution-making, parliamentary effectiveness and anti-corruption.
Mr. Tabet previously served as UNDP Country Director in Egypt (2007-2013) where he led the support to development efforts. From 2004 to 2007, he was Senior Programme Adviser at the Regional Bureau for Arab States at UNDP headquarters in New York.
Previously, Mr. Tabet was the Edward S. Mason Fellow at Harvard University – Kennedy School of Government. There, he completed a master's degree in public administration. He holds a master's degree in economics from the University of Ottawa.
Between 1989 and 2003, Mr. Tabet served in a variety of country and headquarter positions with UNDP. Prior to joining UNDP, Mr. Tabet worked with the North-South Institute, the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa and the University of Ottawa.
Ms. Nuria Sanz

Ms. Nuria Sanz

UNESCO
Director, UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science in the Arab States, ai Cluster Office for Egypt and Sudan, and UNESCO Representative in Egypt.
 
 
 
Ms. Nuria Sanz assumed her post as Director of UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science in the Arab States, Cluster Office for Egypt and Sudan and as UNESCO Representative in Egypt on 20th October 2022. Ms. Nuria Sanz has been Head and Representative of the UNESCO Office in Mexico since November 2013. She has a PhD in history and archaeology from Universidad Complutense de Madrid and La Sapienza in Rome.

For over 20 years, Ms. Sanz has worked in international organizations such as the European Commission, the Council of Europe, and UNESCO, and a large focus of her work has been on the field of the protection of cultural and natural heritage. From 2002 to 2013, she was Chief of the Latin American and Caribbean Unit of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre in Paris, France. She has edited more than 20 World Heritage publications and has carried out extensive literary work in cultural cooperation, and on culture and development issues.

For 9 years, Ms. Sanz coordinated the largest World Heritage nomination project in the history of the 1972 World Heritage Convention: the Qhhapaq Ñan Andean Road System. The serial nomination was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2014 and was selected as a project that exemplified the good practice of cultural integration of indigenous people.
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Nadeen Gamil

UNV
UNV Country Coordinator for Egypt
 
 
 
Nadeen Gamil began her career in the corporate sector as a finance specialist in the Pharmaceutical industry. After spending several years in the corporate sector and having created a diverse portfolio of professional business skills, Nadeen moved to the development sector and worked on several projects with national and international organizations. She discovered her passion for aid while working on a project to support Arabic speaking refugees transition and settle in Germany.
Upon her return to Egypt, Nadeen joined Humanity and Inclusion as the Country Controller, and later moved to UN Women to support the Global Migration unit in research on Gender, Disaster Recovery and Climate Change. Over the past two years, Nadeen has been serving as the UNV Partnership Coordinator in WHO Regional Office for Eastern Mediterranean. Nadeen holds a graduate diploma in Social Sciences & Women’s studies from the American University in Cairo.

Her key areas of expertise include partnerships, human resources, multi-level coordination and programme management.
Nora Achkar

Nora Achkar

UNDRR
Chief of Office, UNDRR Regional Office for Arab States (ROAS)
 
 
 
Ms. Achkar brings more than 20 years of experience in programme and project management and in leading humanitarian, and emergency operations and cooperation programs with international organizations and the public sector in the Middle East, Africa and the Asia Pacific region.
Prior to joining UNDRR, she occupied the position of Senior Project Manager for Humanitarian Mine Action in Mali and DRC with UNOPS. Before that, she held the position of head of Sub-delegation with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in South Sudan. Nora also worked in ICRC in other capacities, and in Health Canada, the Ministry of Social Affairs, and various national mine action centers. She also briefly occupied the position of Political Affairs Officer with MINURSO (the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara).
As part of her work with the various organizations, she contributed and led disaster risk reduction activities, namely community-based risk reduction and early warning system development, explosive ordnance risk education and prevention. She also coordinated relevant working groups and contributed to many capacity building activities aimed at civil society, national institutions, and entities.

Nora holds a BA degree in Social Work (Saint Joseph University Beirut) and a Master’s Degree in Public Heath Environmental Policy Stream from the University of London. She also holds a series of certificates in disaster management from the World Bank Institute.
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Patrick Jean GILABERT

UNIDO
Representative UNIDO Regional Office Hub Egypt
 
 
 
Mr. Patrick Jean GILABERT, Ph.D., is the UNIDO Representative of the Regional Office Hub in Egypt, responsible for its host country and oversees the coordination of UNIDO's programme and projects in Algeria, Morocco, Sudan and Tunisia. Mr Gilabert is also accredited to countries without UNIDO country representatives, namely Djibouti, Libya and Yemen.

He is a development economist with 30 years of experience managing industrial and private sector development portfolios in Asia, the Indian Ocean, the Middle East, North Africa and sub-Saharan countries, including 15 years as UNIDO Representative in Madagascar, Vietnam and Brussels.

Mr. Gilabert began his career at the smart card company Gemplus Electronics in France and at the French Embassy Trade Commission in Tokyo, Japan and Colombo, Sri Lanka. He then joined the UNIDO country office in Hanoi, Vietnam, before being appointed as an investment promotion expert at UNIDO headquarters in Vienna, where for 10 years he developed technical cooperation projects in the Maghreb countries, sub-Saharan Africa and China.

He was then selected UNIDO Representative in Antananarivo, Madagascar, with coverage of the Union of Comoros, Seychelles and Mauritius (2007-2010), Representative in Hanoi, Vietnam (2010-2016), Deputy Representative to the United Nations in New York (2016-2018) and Representative to the European Union and the Organization of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) in Brussels (2018-2022). His last position was in the Policymaking Organs Division (PMO) at UNIDO headquarters.

Fluent in French and English, with knowledge of Spanish and Japanese, he holds a doctorate in information science - technology foresight and a master's degree in socioeconomics (University of Aix-Marseille, France), as well as the Trium Executive MBA from HEC Paris, the London School of Economics (LSE) and the New York University Stern School of Business (NYU Stern). He is co-author of several publications, including "Un défi pour la planète : Les Objectifs de développement durable en débat", prefaced by French Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs Le Drian (Institut de recherche pour le développement, 2017).

Patrick, national of France, enjoys participating in agricultural development, particularly olive growing, contemporary art and sport. He is married with one son and one daughter.

Rania Hedaya

Rania Hedeya

UN-Habitat
UN-Habitat Regional Representative
 
 
Prior to her current role, Ms Hedaya worked for eight years in programming at UNDP, in the area of decentralisation and local development. Prior to that, she was a Results based Management Officer at UNDP, working on strategic planning, monitoring, and evaluation. She serves as a member of board in a number of Urban related bodies, aligning urban initiatives in Egypt to the international principles and dialogues on sustainable urbanisation.
Sahar Al-Jobury

Sahar Al-Jobury

UNRWA
Chief, Representative Office in Cairo
 
 
Ms Al-Jobury has 30 years of diversified experience with various United Nations regional, peacekeeping and humanitarian organisations, including ESCWA and UNSCOM (Iraq), UNTAC (Cambodia), UNOMOZ (Mozambique), UNMIH and UNSMIH (Haiti), IOM (Egypt and Iran) and UNODC (Egypt). She joined UNRWA in 2018 and has since been leading the engagement with the Government, the League of Arab States and the diplomatic community at large as well as coordinating services to Palestinian refugees who fled to Egypt from Syria.