Regional Director for Arab States
Mr. Mourad Wahba (Egypt) is Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, Assistant Administrator of UNDP and Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States. He was appointed to this position by the Secretary-General of the United Nations in November of 2016, and assumed duties on 1 February 2017.
Mr. Wahba has had many years of distinguished service at the United Nations and UNDP. Most recently, he served as the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Haiti. Prior to this, he served as Deputy Director and Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Regional Bureau of Arab States, UNDP, in New York (2013-2015); Director, Security Office, UNDP Bureau of Management, New York (2009-2013); UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative (2006-2009) in Morocco; Director, United Nations Affairs, UNDP New York (2001-2006); and Deputy Resident Representative in Guyana (1999-2001).
Mr. Wahba began his career with the United Nations in 1993, as a Senior Officer in the Office of the Secretary-General.
Before joining the UN, Mourad was an Associate Professor of Economics at the American University in Cairo, and a Visiting Lecturer on International Political Economy at the Institute for Diplomatic Studies, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Egypt (1987-1993).
Deputy Regional Director for Arab States
Before joining the Regional Bureau for Arab States, Ms Poole served as Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director of UNDP's Bureau for Policy and Programme Support-BPPS (2016-2017). Previously, she served as Senior Regional Advisor in the Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS-RBEC (2015-2016); Division Chief in RBEC (2012-2015); and Senior Advisor for UN Reform (2007-2012). Prior to this, she was Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP in Turkey.
Before joining UNDP, Ms Poole served as a Refugee Affairs Coordinator with the US State Department, based in Croatia and prior to that in Bosnia Herzegovina (1997-1998).
Sarah Poole began her career with the United States Agency for International Development-USAID in 1995 as an Information Specialist conducting extensive fieldwork throughout the former Yugoslavia to issue informational analytical reports to USAID.
Ms Poole holds a Master of Sciences from the London School of Economics. She speaks English and French.