Edem Bakhshish

Senior Advisor on SSC / Regional Chief, Special Unit for SSC, Arab States, UNDP Regional Centre in Cairo

Location: Egypt
Languages: English & Russian. Basic Arabic & French
Topics: HIV, Gender, South-South Cooperation


Expertise: South-South and Triangular Cooperation, local economic development and microfinance, local governance and results-based budgeting, HIV/AIDS prevention, gender mainstreaming and knowledge management.


Responsibilities: Provide cross-practice support to the UN Country Teams in identifying practical opportunities for expanding South-South and Triangular Cooperation; in further developing the capacity of various partners at national and regional levels in advancing the concepts and practices of South-South Cooperation. Promote dialogue and support the programme design for intra- and inter-regional South-South Cooperation. Manage human and financial resources deployed to the region by the UN Office for South-South Cooperation

Edem has 17 years of cross-practice advisory and leadership experience in various UNDP-supported human development initiatives.


Prior to joining the UNDP Regional Center in Cairo team Edem was in charge of the South-South Cooperation Advocacy initiative led by the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation, UNDP. Concurrently, Edem was the Trust Fund Manager for Perez Guerrero Trust Fund for South-South Cooperation (www.g77.org/pgtf).


Before he joined the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation in 2007, Edem worked as ARR/Head of Governance and HIV Programmes with UNDP Russia. From 2003-2005 he was ARR with UNDP Kyrgyzstan where he also acted as the regional coordinator for the EU-funded Border Management Programme for Central Asia (BOMCA).  Prior to this (2001-2002), he served as Senior Economic Policy Adviser with UNDP Ukraine, and before (1995-2001) as economic component Team leader with the UNDP Crimea Integration and Development Programme in Ukraine.

Edem holds a B.A. in Management (Major in Financial Management) from the Taurian Institute of Entrepreneurship and Law, Ukraine, as well as a Diploma of Specialist in Economics from the same institute, and a Master of Management (International Business Relations) from the International Business School of the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia (named in honor of Patrice Lumumba).