Arab States

About us

Our Team

The Directorate

Khalida Bouzar, Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator, and Regional Director
Sarah Poole,
Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Regional Director
Andrée Antoun
, Executive Associate to the Regional Director

Mary Jreidini, Executive and Administrative Associate

Tehmina Akhtar,
Senior Strategic Adviser

Kaushik Barua,
Strategic Initiatives Adviser
Susanne Kim Siao
, Special Adviser to the Regional Director
Mohammad Allahou, Programme Analyst

Rima El Hassani, Strategic planning adviser 

Fumiko Fukuoka, Partnerships Adviser
Alessandro Mrakic, Partnerships Development Specialist
Olivier Pierre Louveaux
, Programme and policy specialist
Agnieszka Brocka, Programme Specialist
Abdullah Jafar, Programme Analyst
Kentaro Yamashita,
Junior Partnerships Officer

Theodore Murphy,
Policy and Communications Specialist

Planning, Coordination and Oversight

Moises Venancio, Regional Adviser
Firas Gharaibeh,
Regional Adviser
Melanie Hauenstein,
Regional Adviser
Aikan Mukanbetova
, Regional Specialist
Ernesto Maio,
Regional Specialist
Rania El Azem,
Regional Specialist
Anna Vitkova,
Regional Analyst
Zeina El-Barrage, Regional Associate
Madi Musa Mohamed
, Regional Associate

Compliance and Operations

Sergelen Dambadarjaa, Resource Management Adviser
Pierre Hamouche
, Business Specialist
Irina Khomyakova, Finance and Operations Analyst

Regional Hub in Amman

Khaled Abdel Shafi
Manager Regional Hub in Amman
Susanne Dam-Hansen,
Deputy manager Regional Hub in Amman
Rima Manneh
Executive Associate

External Relations & Advocacy
Noeman Alsayyad
Regional Communications Advisor
Nada Bouari
Regional Partnerships Advisor
Hoda ElNahlawy
Online Content & Social Media Assistant

Programme & Policy Support
Governance, Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Team
Giordano Segneri
Governance and Peacebuilding Regional Team Leader for Arab States
Hassan Krayem
Governance Adviser
Rawhi Afghani
Programme Advisor, Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding
Aneesa Walji
Programme Specialist, Rule of Law, Security and Human Rights
Fadi Abilmona
Regional Programme Specialist, Joint Programme UNDP-DPPA
Mohammed Al-Qussari
Programme Specialist, Prevention Violent Extremism, Joint RBAS and RBA
Simon Dennett
JPO, Programme Analyst, Governance and Rule of Law 
Jamileh Adwan
Programme / Administrative Associate
Chavia Ali Regional Focal Point for Persons with Disability
Marwa Abu Qrian
Regional Information Management Consultant
Anna Karisto UNV Finland, Programme Analyst, Prevention Violent Extremism
Jawaher Ali Reda UNV, Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Specialist
Armania Embaye Rule of Law, Security and Human Rights Specialist

Global Elections Project 
Luis Martinez Betanzos
Regional Electoral Advisor (Istanbul based)
Najia Hashemee Regional Electoral Policy Specialist
Mais Al-Atiat Electoral Analyst
Osama Aljaber Advocacy and Youth Participation Coordinator
Abdallah Al Omari
Administrative Coordinator
Sana Sharabati
Administrative Associat
Ban Kasto
Administrative Associate

Inclusive and Sustainable Growth and Development
Divika Iyer
Policy Specialist
Fekadu Terefe
Programme Specialist, Inclusive Growth and SD
Under recruitment Policy & Programme Specialist, Livelihood
Vito Intini Economist Adviser

Climate Change, DRR and Resilience Team

Kishan Khoday Regional Cluster Team Leader
Stephen Gitonga
Programme Specialist, Energy
Walid Ali
Programme Specialist, Climate Change
Yulia Isaeva
Climate Change and Environment Specialist
Denis Korchunov
Sustainable Energy Specialist

Vacant Gender Team Leader
Rania Tarazi Gender Specialist

Development Impact & Crisis Coordination Support
Jennifer Colville
Regional Team Leader, Innovation
Kawtar Zerouali
Innovation Specialist
Under recruitment Innovation Specialist 
Roxani Roushas
Innovation Analyst
CHEN Xiaohui (Gracia) Innovation Analyst

SDG Integration
Gonzalo Pizarro
Regional Team Leader - SDG Integration
Justus Okoko SDG Coordination Specialist
Alexandra Fawzi SDG Analyst

Syria Sub-Regional Facility
Abdallah Al-Laham, SRF Coordinator
Verena Vad,
Resilience Policy and Partnership Specialist

UNHCR - UNDP Joint Secretariat 
Miki Takahashi,
Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
Zeinab Kobeissi, Communication Consultant

Country Programme Support
Under recruitment
Country Programme Specialist
Ghada Sous Country Programme Associate

Results-based Management
Mohammad AlBatayneh
Regional RBM and Evaluation Specialist

Regional Operations
Human Resources
Rakan Al Assaf 
Regional Procurement Specialist 
Amir Kamal  Sub-Regional Security Specialist
Robert Foort  Regional Clustering Manager

Marwan Naimatt National Security Officer

Operations and Resource Management – Amman Hub
Huda Khattab
Operations Manager

Laith Subehi  
Administrative Analyst
Maha Mahmoud Operations Associate
Sara Al Zubi Administrative & Operational Assistant

Samer Fakhury
Finance Analyst
Mahmoud Samadi
Finance Associate
Hania Dahleh Finance Assistant

Hanan AbuBaker
Procurement Analyst
Abeer Awawdeh
Procurement Associate
Diana Al Shair Procurement Associate

Human resources
Safa Labib Human
Resource Analyst
Rania Dawoudi
Human Resource Associate

Information & Communication Tech
Zaid Amarin
ICT Analyst
Ayman Dar Khalaf ICT Associate

Abubaker Abdelrazeq
Senior Driver
Hani Jad

Servicing the Region from Istanbul
Regional Advisory Committee on Procurement (RACP)
Cyrille Pernette
RACP Chief
Nihad Mahmoud
RACP Secretary-Procurement Associate
Elfatih Abdelraheem, Policy Specialist; HIV, Health and Development

South South Cooperation
Edem Bakhshish South-South Regional Advisor

United Nations Volunteers
Stephanie Laryea Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist


Regional Programme  

Paola Pagliani Regional Programme Coordinator
Alessandra Muto Regional Programme Analyst
Vacant Programme Management and Communication Officer

Arab Human Development Report
Ellen Lavinia Hsu Research Assistant
Nicolas Rapp Data Visualization Designer

Arab Knowledge project
Hany Torky 
Chief Technical Specialist
Stephanie Boustany Research Associate
Sirine Saghira Web Content and Research Assistant
Diana Assaf Copywriter and Research Officer
Anthony Fakhoury Research Assistant

Anti-Corruption Corruption and Integrity in the Arab Countries
Arkan El-Seblani
Project Director & Chief Technical Advisor
Anouar Ben Khalifa Technical Specialist
Reem Kaedbey Research and Coordination Officer
Sarah Dix Technical Specialist
Mostafa Hunter
Senior Expert on Corruption Risk Management - Consultant

Arabic Economic Integration For Sutsainable Development
Quang Anh Le
Project Manager & Chief Technical Advisor
Qusay Qasrawi Trade Analyst
Amr Radwan Trade and Regional Economic Integration Analyst
Anne Marie Rihane Research Assistant
Waleed El Nozahy Trade Development Advisor - Consultant
Iman Abdelkader Trade Policy Expert - Consultant
Alaa Bassyouni  Customs and Facilitation of Cross-border Trade Expert - Consultant

SDGs Climate Facility
Sujala Pant  Chief Technical Advisor and Regional Project Manager
Dustin Schinn Regional Climate Change Specialist 

Youth Leadership Programme

Linda Haddad Programme Manager
Saana Sarpo
Youth Peace and Security
Guri Strand Karlsen Youth Empowerment
Magda Janiszewska YLP Consultant

Arab Development Portal (ADP) &Digital Lighthouse Initiative (DLI)
Farah Choucair
Project Manager & Technical Specialist
Layal Wehbe Project and Research Analyst
Yasser Najem
Senior Statistician
Yasmine Koujou
Research Officer and National Statistical Offices' Coordinator
Joya Harmouche Junior Statistician

Fostering Capacities in the Arab States for Sustaining Peace & Preventing Conflict
Atsuko Geiger
Project Coordinator

Regional Programme Management Support Unit
Maya Abi-Zeid
Programme Analyst (Monitoring, Reporting, and Knowledge Management)
Dany Wazen
ICT Coordinator
Nagham Ramadan
ICT assistant
Maya Beydoun
Project Management analyst
Ali Shraim
Finance and Administrative Officer
Tarek Abdelhadi Project Management analyst
Anthony Abi Saad
 Project Management Associate
Judy Sbayti
Project Management Associate
AbedelKader AlHaj Ahmad Operations Assistant
Mary Fadel
Operations Assistant
Naim Chlela Operations Assistant
Elsa Sfeir
Operations Assistant
Ali Mohsen
Office Clerk
Aiman Kcheich Driver

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