Author
Richard Dictus
RCO
UN Resident Coordinator in Egypt
Mr Dictus took up his appointment as the UN Resident Coordinator in Egypt in January 2019. He brings over 30 years of experience within the UN system, mostly with UNDP. He served in different capacities in Sudan, Lesotho, Bangladesh, Pakistan and at UNDP Headquarters in New York. He was the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Fiji (2005-2009) and in Malawi (2009-2012). From 2013 to 2016, he was Executive Coordinator for the UN Volunteers, and in January 2017 he was appointed UNDP Resident Representative in Egypt.
Richard Dictus
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Aleksandar Sasha Bodiroza
UNFPA
Representative
Dr Bodiroza’s has over twenty years of experience in youth empowerment and women’s sexual and reproductive health in developing countries. Previously, he served as the Head of the Integrated Field Support Unit and Senior Technical Adviser on Youth at the Arab States Regional Office of UNFPA and Technical Adviser on Youth and HIV/AIDS for the UNFPA Division of Eastern Europe, Arab States and Central Asia.
Aleksandar Sasha Bodiroza
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Christine Arab
UN Women
Country Director
Christine Arab has worked on gender equality and women’s human rights for over 20 years, primarily as UN Women personnel (1998-2016) and most recently as an independent consultant providing technical expertise to UN Agencies, UN Country Teams and the Government of Canada in the areas of gender equality accountability tools and systems; implementing and monitoring international normative standards; and supporting gender-responsive strategic planning. Ms. Arab has twice served as Country Representative for UN Women – in the Caribbean Multi-Country Office (2013-2016) and the Albania Country Office (2007-2010). Ms. Arab was the Chief Technical Officer in the Southern Caucasus (2004-2006); and Officer-in-Charge for the UN Women Afghanistan Country Office (2003). Ms. Arab was posted at UN Women HQ as a programme specialist covering the Arab States and Afghanistan from 2000-2003.
Christine Arab
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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.
Cristina Albertin
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Dina Saleh
IFAD
Sub Regional Director of Middle East & North Africa Hub
Ms Saleh has over 20 years of international experience. She has worked in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, North and Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. She has previously served with IFAD as Country Director for Turkey, Georgia, Moldova and Azerbaijan, as Regional Portfolio Adviser for countries in the Middle East, North Africa and Europe region and as Supervision Support Officer managing IFAD's transition to Direct Supervision. Before joining IFAD, she worked at UNOPS, and in the private sector with multinational corporations.
Dina Saleh
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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.
Eric Oechslin
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Jean Jabbour
WHO
Representative
Dr Jabbour has 25 years' exeprience in international development, mostly in the health sector. He joined WHO Eastern Mediterranean Office in 2003, where he has held different posts, including Surveillance Officer for tuberculosis, Medical Officer for emerging infections and Regional Adviser for the International Health Regulations programme. Prior to his current position, Dr Jabbour served as WHO Representative to Libya.
Jean Jabbour
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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.

Thereafter Jeremy worked as the Deputy Representative for UNICEF in the Central African Republic, Yemen and in Somalia again. 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.
Jeremy
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Laurent De Boeck
IOM
Chief of Mission
Mr De Boeck has over 20 years of experience in various migration-related fields, such as migration technical cooperation with States, International Migration Law, trafficking in persons and smuggling of migrants, labour migration, international migration & development, health migration, movements and assistance to stranded migrants and IDPs, as well as in crisis and post-crisis emergency responses. He has previously served in Yemen and prior to that in Indonesia, Haiti and Madagascar. He has also been involved in reconstruction and development programmes of post-crisis situations, including in Rwanda, Burundi and Kosovo.
Laurent De Boeck
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Menghestab Haile
WFP
Representative and Country Director
Dr Haile has occupied diverse professional posts, including University Lecturer in Ethiopia, Research Scientist in the UK, Government Civil Servant in Ethiopia and international private sector Consultant. Since joining WFP, he has worked in Sudan, leading a food security and early warning system development, before moving to WFP Headquarters to lead the GIS and remote sensing section. He was then appointed as Senior Policy Advisor of the Deputy Executive Director of Hunger Solutions after which he was appointed as Deputy Director of the WFP Africa office in Ethiopia, with main responsibility liaising with the African Union, NEPAD and ECA.
Menghestab Haile
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Nasreldin Hag Elamin
FAO
Country Representative
Mr. Hag Elamin has more than 30 years of experience in agricultural development. He joined FAO in 1999 as Trade Economist, served as a Senior Policy Officer in the FAO Regional Office for the Near East. From 2009 to 2014, he served as a Senior Policy Officer, and after that, as FAO Representative in Jordan. He holds d a PhD in Economics from the University of Lancaster, England.
Nasreldin Hag Elamin
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Randa Abou-Hosn
UNDP
Resident Representative
Ms Aboul-Hosn has more than 25 years of experience in international development. She served as Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP Algeria, UNDP Country Director in Yemen, Special Advisor at the Regional Bureau for Arab States in New York and UNDP Country Director in Egypt between January 2017 and December 2018. She holds a Master’s degree in Sociology from the American University of Beirut and a post-graduate diploma in Public Policy and Management from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
randa.aboul-hosn@undp.org
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Rania Hedeya
UN-Habitat
Country Programme Manager
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.
Rania Hedaya
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Sahar Al-Jobury
UNRWA
Head, UNRWA 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.
Sahar Al-Jobury