Our Team in Saudi Arabia

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Adel Darwish

Regional Director
Adel Darwish serves as Director of the ITU Regional Office for Arab States, covering 22 Arab countries. He has more than 20 years’ experience in the field of telecommunications, spanning incumbent operator, startup operator, and regulator. In his different roles, Mr Darwish has been involved with international relations, including ICANN, GSMA, the GCC Council, the League of Arab States, Arab Regulatory Network (AREGNET), and SAMENA Council.
Amierah Ismail - UN OCHA Head of Office in KSA

Amierah Ismail

Head of Office a.i.
Ms. Amierah Ismail is currently serving as Head of Office (acting) of OCHA Riyadh. Ms. Amierah is a humanitarian affairs officer specializing in partnerships and resource mobilization in the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. In her role with OCHA, she works closely with Member States, specifically covering the Middle East and North Africa.

She has also served as the liaison officer for Countries in the West and Central Region of Africa. She coordinates high-level events that are meant to raise funding for humanitarian response, the Central Emergency Response Fund and Country Based Pooled Funds.

Before joining OCHA, Amierah has served as a Professional Officer to the Permanent Observer Mission of the OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation) to the United Nations and the New York University School of Law.

Amierah graduated with a degree in Political Science from The American University and a Masters in Global Affairs from New York University.”
UN Habitat Team Leader

Ayman I.k. Elhefnawi

Team Leader
Dr. Ayman Elhefnawi (Egypt) was formerly the team leader for the Future of Saudi Cities Program, a transformational programme of urban planning in KSA in cooperation with Ministry of Municipalities and Rural affairs (MOMRA) during the period 2014-2019. Prior to that he worked in several positions in both private sector and international agencies, including in Egypt. He Holds a BSc in Architecture and a Diploma in Urban Management and Human Resources Development from Institute of Housing and Urban Development, University of Erasmus, as well as two Master's degrees from Ain Shams University (Urban Design) and University College London (Urban Development Planning) and a PhD from Cairo University in Strategic Urban Planning.
Ayman Omer FAO Officer in Charge in KSA

Ayman Omer

Officer in Charge
Mr. Ayman Omer is the Programme Director of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Technical Cooperation Programme in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, OiC. He has over 25 years of experience in international development in 22 countries in the Middle East, and Africa. Prior to his current role, Mr. Omer served as Senior Programme Officer, and Delivery Manager for the Regional Initiative on Building Resilience at the FAO’s Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa (NENA).

Mr. Omer started his career with UNDP in Sudan as programme quality expert. Before joining FAO, Mr. Omer served as Country Director for Oxfam International in various countries including Ethiopia, Uganda, Eritrea and Yemen. He holds a Masters in Agriculture Economics and a post-graduate Diploma in Management and Leadership.
Dhafer Mudhaffir Younis Al-Hussini

Dhafer Al-Hussini

Programme Coordinator a.i.
Dhafer Mudhaffir Younis Al-Hussini is an Iraqi international civil servant at the United Nations Secretariat. He is also a counseling attorney recognized as a judicial expert by the Courts of Appeal in the Iraqi-Kurdistan Region. Al-Hussini has been working for the United Nations in the UN Secretariat in Geneva and the Middle East and North Africa since 2001.

Throughout his career, he has held several key positions, including Acting Representative of the Legal Office at the United Nations Office of Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq (UNOHCI) during the Oil-for-Food Programme in 2003. He also served as Acting Officer in Charge for the Human Rights Office-North within the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) from 2005 to 2007, and as a Human Rights Officer within the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva since 2010.

As a focal point for capacity building, Al-Hussini has organized various workshops and training sessions, presenting more than 200 different trainings to a wide range of participants. He has also drafted, coordinated, and prepared memoranda of understanding (MoUs) on technical cooperation with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and supervised their implementation. Additionally, he drafted an MoU between OHCHR and the GCC Secretariat aimed at building the capacity of the GCC Secretariat on human rights.

Al-Hussini holds a PhD in International Criminal Law from Al-Neelain University in Khartoum, Sudan. His dissertation focused on "The Limitations of Diplomatic Immunity in Criminal Procedures." He also holds a Master's degree in Law from the International College of Islamic Science in London, UK, with a dissertation titled "Preparing for Negotiations under International Law." Furthermore, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Law from the College of Law at the University of Salahaddin in Erbil, Iraq.
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Dr. Adham Ismail Abdel-Moneim

WHO Representative/Head of Mission in Saudi Arabia
Prior to Dr. Ismail's current position, he occupied the same role in Yemen - which is considered one of the largest WHO operations in the world – for 2 years and in Iraq for 2.5 years. Before moving to Iraq, Dr Ismail worked for 13 years as a leader for the “Essential Medicines and Health Technologies” team in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office in Cairo, Egypt.

Prior to joining WHO, Dr. Ismail worked as a professor in several academic institutions in Egypt and the USA where he managed to publish many articles in renowned journals and has participated in many national and international conferences. He has over 20 years of experience in clinical and biomedical engineering.

Coupled with his extensive working experience, Dr. Ismail has 3 Masters’ degrees in Public Health from University of Roehampton (UK), Biomedical Engineering from Alexandria University (Egypt), and Business Administration from Arab Academy for Science and Technology. He is also a holder of a PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering from University of Miami (USA).
UNICEF REpresentative

Eltayeb Yagoub Adam

Regional Representative for the Gulf States
As UNICEF Regional Representative for the Gulf States since April 2018, Mr Adam is responsible for managing and supervising UNICEF’s work, providing leadership and vision to the UNICEF country programme teams in planning and implementing local programmes and in managing and leveraging resources for the achievement of results and fulfilment of the rights of children. He was priviously UNICEF Chief Field Office for several operations in Mogadishu and Garowe, Somalia; in Qamishly, Syria; and in Sanaa, Yemen (2012-2018). Before joining UNICEF, Mr Adam has worked with UNDP in Abu Dhabi and Khartoum, and with Oxfam in Djakarta and Sana'a.
Fawzi Al Zioud

Fawzi Al Zioud

Liaison Officer & Head of Operations
Mr. Fawzi Al-Zioud graduated from the University of Jordan in 1987, obtaining a B.A. Degree in Psychology & Population Studies then in 1989. In 2000 he was awarded Masters in Development Management & Poverty Reduction, from Birmingham University, and in 2008 another Masters in Psychosocial Animation in War Torn Societies from the Lebanese University.

In 2004, Fawzi Al-Zioud joined IOM Iraq to work successively as programme assistant, senior programme assistant and national programme officer on various border management projects. Mr. Al-Zioud continues backstopping IOM Yemen on Mixed Migration issues. Mr. Al-Zioud has been appointed as IOM representative in Lebanon on 7 April 2013, and on 23 March 2021 he was appointed as IOM Liaison Officer and Head of Operations in KSA.
UNODC Regional Representative

Hatem Aly

Regional Representative
Judge Hatem Aly, a former Senior Judge and Chief Prosecutor in Egypt, has over 20 years of experience in the areas of criminal justice and crime prevention. He previously served as a Senior Crime Prevention Expert at UNODC Headquarters in Vienna. He was also a Representative for the Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights (SII) for the Middle East region and for Afghanistan. He holds a degree in International Criminal Law (ICL) from the Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights in Italy as well as an ICL Diploma in International Cooperation in Penal Matters from the International Human Rights Law Institute in Chicago, USA.
Inas Hamad - Regional Portfolio Specialist, UNV Arab States

Inas Hamad

Regional Portfolio Specialist, Arab States
Ms Inas Hamad (Egypt) was appointed UNV Regional Portfolio Specialist for Arab States in September 2020. She is based in Amman Regional Office. Before taking this regional position, Ms Hamad served as the UNV Country Coordinator for Egypt. Through her practical knowledge attained during 20 years of experience with the international world of nonprofits, including the World Health Organization, the World Bank, USAID, and Plan International, Ms Hamad has gained exposure in diverse capacities to several development fields. She has been involved in strategic planning, programme management, resource mobilization, and international cooperation. Ms Hamad holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the American University in Cairo and Columbia University in New York City, with focused studies on UN Management. She is a certified trainer in gender and development from the Royal Tropical Institute in the Netherlands.
Janneke Kukler

Janneke Kukler

Deputy Regional Director
Janneke van der Graaff – Kukler is the Deputy Regional Director of UN-Women’s Regional Office in the Arab States. She has over 15 years’ experience as development practitioner at regional and country level in East and Southern Africa, Asia and the Pacific as well as the Arab States. Ms. Kukler’s profound programmatic background provides her with rich expertise in governance, leadership, and gender statistics. She is a specialist in regional strategic planning, UN coordination, as well as change management, including the implementation of General Assembly resolution 72/279.
Karl Kulessa

Karl Kulessa

Regional Representative
A German national, Mr. Kulessa has worked with UNFPA since 1992. After a two-year posting as Junior Professional Officer in New York, focusing on interagency coordination, he moved to the “field” covering countries in Africa and Asia. Since 2004 he has been UNFPA country representative in various countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA).

As a Representative to Turkey, aside from the regular country program, his office managed a major humanitarian portfolio covering support to Syrian refugees inside Turkey and cross-border operations. Mr. Kulessa has also covered Georgia and Azerbaijan as Country Director.

Mr. Kulessa holds a Master of Arts in History (specializing in American foreign policy). He has been married since 1995 and has three children.

UNHCR Regional Representative to the Gulf States

Khaled Khalifa

Regional Representative
Mr Khlaifa has 20 years of experience in relief and development. He has led humanitarian operations in various settings of natural disasters and complex emergencies, including in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Indonesia, Malaysia, Libya and Pakistan. He Holds an MA degree in English Literature & Humanities from Minia University in Egypt, an MSc in Sustainable Development from the University of London, and a Project Management Diploma from Aalborg Technical School, Denmark.
Mohamed El Zarkani - The United Nations Resident Coordinator in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Mohamed El Zarkani

The United Nations Resident Coordinator in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Mr. Mohamed El Zarkani of Egypt has more than 16 years of experience in Local Economic Development, labour market reform, research and innovation, and safe and orderly management of human mobility. Before his appointment as UN Resident Coordinator in Saudi Arabia, he has served as the Chief of Mission of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in the Kingdom of Bahrain, where he was responsible for providing technical assistance to the Government of Bahrain on all issues related to labour market reform, combatting trafficking in persons, migration environment and climate change, immigration and border governance, as well as migration and development. He has also served as the United Nations Resident Coordinator a.i in the Kingdom of Bahrain from November 2020 until April 2022.

He also oversaw IOM’s technical cooperation programmes with the Human Rights Commission in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization in the United Arab Emirates. Prior to his current role, Mohamed worked with IOM in Egypt and Kuwait as the head of community stabilization and human development and labour mobility programmes.

Mohamed has also worked with UNDP in Egypt as the national coordinator of a Local Economic Development Programme. Prior to working in the UN system, he worked with Nahdet El Mahrousa, an Egyptian Non-Governmental Organization focusing on promoting a culture of Research and Development for Egyptian youth. A national of Egypt, Mr. Mohamed El Zarkani has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Webster University in the Netherlands in 2005. Mohamed is married and has two children.
WFP Rep KSA - Mohammad AlGhuneim

Mohammad Al-Ghuneem

WFP Representative in KSA
Mr. Mohammad Al - Ghuneem has served as Senior Partnership Advisor, WFP – KSA, He was previously Line Piolet, Royal Saudi Air Force (1999 – 2000), Aviation Security Operation Manager department, Security Aviation MOI (2000 – 2009), Consultant for the Chairman of Red Crescent, Air Ambulance Project (2009 – 2013), Operation Manager of Isnad Center (2015 – 2020). Mr. Mohammad Al - Ghuneem graduated from the King Faisal Air academy, Royal Saudi air force, 1999, obtaining a B.A. Degree in Aviation Science (Piolet) In 2013. he was awarded master’s in project management, from University of Central Lancashire UK University.
Mounir Tabet

Mounir Tabet

Deputy Executive Secretary
Mounir Tabet who is a national of Canada took up his official functions as deputy executive secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) in September 2018. Mr. Tabet was the UNDP country director for Iraq from 2016 to 2018 and oversaw the program on stabilization and transition. Prior to joining UNDP Mr. Tabet worked with the North-South Institute and the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa, and the University of Ottawa.

Mr. Tabet is an Edward S. Mason Fellow, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University where he obtained a Master's degree in public administration. He also holds a Master's degree in economics from the University of Ottawa.
Nahid Hussein UNDP RR

Nahid Hussein

UNDP Resident Representative
Ms. Nahid Hussein, UNDP Resident Representative for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. She was the UNDP Deputy Resident Representative for Yemen, the Deputy Resident Representative a.i Somalia, and served at senior positions in Iraq, Pakistan, Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Kosovo. Ms. Hussein holds a Master’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy, Switzerland, Geneva, and a Law Degree University of Khartoum, Sudan.
Patrick Goettner

Patrick Goettner

Programme Coordinator
Dr. Patrick Goettner works in the Technical Cooperation Section of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and has more than 7 years of experience working on inter-agency coordination and the implementation of trade and development programmes in different countries around the globe.

In the past he worked as UNCTAD’s Regional Coordinator in the field in Samoa for a regional trade and transparency project in the Pacific region. Prior to that he served as International Consultant in the Department of Environment of UNIDO working on programmes with a focus on environmental sustainability issues, green industry, as well as e-waste management.

He holds a Master’s degree in Business Chemistry from the University of Muenster in Germany and a PhD in Economics from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany.
Peter Rademaker

Peter Rademaker

Deputy Regional Director for the Arab States
Peter Rademaker is the ILO’s Deputy Regional Director for the Arab States. He also heads the ILO’s Decent Work Technical Support Team for the region. He previously worked for the ILO in Africa and Asia and coordinated the ILO’s development partner relations team at Headquarters in Geneva, including on joint UN programming. He has been advising governments, trade unions and employers to advance Decent Work and Social Justice, including in the areas of youth employment, social protection and labour migration.
Safaa El Tayeb El-Kogali - World Bank Regional Representative for the Gulf States

Safaa El Tayeb El-Kogali

World Bank
Country Director for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)
Safaa El Tayeb El-Kogali is the World Bank’s Country Director for the (GCC) countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates) since July 1st, 2023.

Ms. El-Kogali, a Sudanese national, is a leading international development expert with more than 27 years of development experience in strategic leadership, government policy, program management, and research. Ms. El-Kogali, joined the World Bank in March 2000 as a Young Professional in the East Asia & Pacific Region. She has since held various positions across regions in the Bank, including Senior Economist in The Middle East and North Africa, Human Development Sector Leader in Latin America and Caribbean, and Practice Manager for Education in the Middle East and North Africa and in the Eastern and Southern African. She led policy dialogue and programs with governments in over 30 countries and published numerous studies and reports spanning a range of development topics.

Ms. El-Kogali has a Master of Philosophy degree with distinction in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, UK and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, USA.
Salah Khaled

Salah Khaled

Director of UNESCO Doha Office for Gulf States and Yemen, and UNESCO Representative to Bahrain, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.
Mr. Salah Khaled (Egypt) began his career at the United Nations in 1993 in the Operational Development Assistance Unit (ODAU). He then worked as an Operations Assistant for UNICEF's Cairo Office, before joining UNESCO in 2001 as Head of the Liaison and Procurement Unit for Iraq, based in Amman, Jordan. He served as UNESCO's representative in Southern Sudan for the countries of Maghreb, before being appointed in Yaoundé as Regional Director for the Central African region. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the American University in Cairo and a Master of Arts degree in Human Development from the Arab Academy of Alexandria, Egypt.
Sami Dimassi

Sami Dimassi

Director and Regional Representative of UNEP Regional Office for West Asia
With over 20 years of experience in management, Mr. Dimassi has extensive experience in multi-lateral and international relations, corporate and policy reform, intergovernmental affairs, strategy design and private sector engagement. Mr. Sami Dimassi joined the UNEP Regional Office for West Asia as Director and Regional Representative in 2017. He held several senior positions in the UN System, such as Senior ICT Advisor, Head of the Innovation Branch, Deputy Director of the Science division, Director of Private Sector Engagement, and Acting Director of Corporate Services all within UNEP. A Lebanese-Canadian national, he holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Ottawa University and a master’s in Management from Waterloo University in Canada
Sanaullah Malik - ICAO KSA Project Coordinator

Sanaullah Malik

Project Coordinator
Mr. Sanaullah Malik currently serves as the Project Coordinator at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). In this capacity, he assumes responsibility for overseeing the day-to-day administrative activities of the project, ensuring the successful implementation of the work plan, and achieving the project objectives. Additionally, Mr. Malik brings extensive expertise as an Aircraft Airworthiness and Certification Expert.

With 25 years of experience in the aviation industry, Mr. Malik has accumulated professional skills in various fields, including aviation and airline management, safety oversight, training, and corporate communication. His expertise in these areas is complemented by his academic background, as he holds degrees in both laws and engineering.
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Suliman Alsawi

Head, IFAD office in the Gulf
Mr. Alsawi applies his personal insights and 20 years of experience in Government, International organizations, international development and diplomacy to ensure the helping to shape the future of global food security and agriculture in the region.

Prior to his appointment at IFAD, Alsawi was Director General of International Cooperation Department in Ministry of Environment, Water and Agriculture.

Alsawi was born and raised in Riyadh. He has a Master Degree in Economics, University of Western Australia and Bachelor Degree in Agriculture, King Saud University.
UNDSS Chief Security Advisor in Saudi Arabia

Tamer Hammouda

Chief Security Advisor
Mr Tamer Hammouda is the Chief Security Advisor for UNDSS in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain has been working with UNDSS since 2004 as Security coordination officer in Darfur, South Sudan, Erbil and Baghdad and Regional Security Advisor for UAE, Oman and Qatar. He holds a Master’s degree in Crisis Management, and Master’s degree in Law and Police science.