Regional Director for Arab States
Mr. Mourad Wahba (Egypt) has been appointed as Regional Director for the Arab States. Since October 2009, Mourad has served as
- Director of the Security Office in the Bureau of Management
- UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Morocco (2006-2009);
- Director, United Nations Affairs in the Partnerships Bureau (2001-2006);
- Deputy Resident Representative (Programme and Operations) in Guyana (1999-2001);
- Policy Advisor, Office of the Administrator (1997-1999);
- Programme Advisor in the Human Development Report Office (1997-1999).
Mourad began his career with the United Nations in 1993 as a Senior Officer in the Office of the Secretary-General working with Boutros Boutros-Ghali.
Before joining the UN, Mourad was an Assistant and later 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).
He holds a M.A. from the American University in Cairo as well as a D Phil from the University of Oxford.
Sophie de Caen
Deputy Regional Director for Arab States
Sophie de Caen (Canada) has taken up her new assignment as the Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Regional Director of the Regional Bureau for Arab States (RBAS) on 1 July 2015.
Before joining RBAS, Sophie served as:
- Senior Country Director in Haiti (2013 to 2015)
- Director of the Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund (2008-2012)
- United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Cameroon (2005-2008)
- UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Egypt (2001-2005)
- Chief, Evaluation Unit
- UN Capital Development Fund (1997-2001)
- UN Policy Affairs Officer
- UN Development Group Office (1996-1997)
- Assistant Resident Representative in Sri Lanka (1994-1996)
- Assistant Resident Representative in Bangladesh (1991-1994)
- Programme Officer in DRC (1988-1991).
Sophie has enjoyed a long and diverse career with UNDP. She began her career with UNDP as a Junior Professional Officer in Benin (1986-1988).
Sophie holds a Masters’ Degree in International Relations from Webster University in the Netherlands and a Bachelor’s degree in Forestry Engineering from Laval University in Canada.