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).
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.