Our Team in United Arab Emirates

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Dena Assaf

UN Resident Coordinator
Dr. Dena Assaf is the United Nations Resident Coordinator for the United Arab Emirates and Deputy Commissioner General for the UN at Expo2020. She has been with the United Nations for over 20 years in various senior management positions and advisory roles with UN Peace Keeping, the UN Development Programme, UN Women and the UN Sustainable Development Group at headquarters, the Arab Region, and various UN country offices.
Adel Darwish

Adel Darwish

Regional Director for Arab States
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.

Adil Radoini

Regional Coordinator, Middle East & GCC
Mr Adil Radoini is the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) Regional Coordinator for the Middle East and GCC countries. He works for the Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) and Security Governance Programme. He previously worked as a journalist for the Italian press and TV. In 2009, together with other international experts, he published “Un Hussein alla casa Bianca”, a perspective of the Arab world on the 2008 US elections. He graduated from the University of Bologna with a Master's degree in International Relations focusing on Middle Eastern politics, carrying out a research thesis led in Cairo and at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques, in Paris.
Alexandra Tarazi

Alexandra Tarazi

UN Global Compact
Senior Manager, Global Operations
Alexandra Tarazi works for the United Nations Global Compact as a Senior Manager on the Global Operations Team. She supports Local Network programs and provides input into strategic and operational planning as well as leads on the development of capacity building initiatives aimed at enhancing operational and managerial capabilities of Local Networks including on financial management, governance, integrity, and organizational values.
She holds a Masters in Human Rights from the University of York, UK and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Nottingham, UK with an emphasis on corporate sustainability.
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Amr El Nasharty

Security Advisor
Amr El Nasharty serves as UNDSS Security Advisor for the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Oman. His previous experience includes posts with UNDSS in Yemen and Darfur, as well as posts with peacekeeping missions in Haiti and Congo. He holds degrees in Law and Political Science.
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Basmah Al Mayman

Regional Director for the Middle East
Basmah Al-Mayman is the UNWTO Regional Director for the Middle East. She previously served as manager of the International Organizations and Committees Department at the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, developing and strengthening relations with international organizations such as UN agencies, the World Bank, and other stakeholders in the fields of tourism, heritage, museums, antiquities, and built heritage. She holds an MBA from Al Faisal University in cooperation with the University of Oxford.
Hany Torky

Hany Torky

Chief Technical Advisor - UNDP Regional Programme
Dr. Hany Torky currently serves as Chief Technical Advisor of the Knowledge Project (AKP), a UNDP-MBRF joint initiative. Prior to joining the project in 2010, Hany was an assistant professor at Alexandria University. He has around 20 years of experience in the areas of Statistics and Knowledge for Development, and holds a PhD in Applied Statistics from Alexandria University.
Hatem Aly

Hatem Aly

Regional Representative for the GCC
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.
Mageed Yahia

Mageed Yahia

Director WFP UAE & Representative to the GCC Region
Mr Mageed Yahia is the WFP Director for the UAE office and Representative for the GCC Region. Based in Dubai, leading the WFP operations’ support and services and spearheading efforts to enhance WFP’s engagement with Government entities as well as the Private and Public sector in the Region. He brings in diverse experience enriched by both functional and geographic mobility. Prior to taking up this position, Mageed was the WFP Representative, Country Director and Emergency Coordinator in Jordan. Mageed has more than thirty years’ experience working in the humanitarian field in both emergency and development settings.
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.
Mouza Al Shehhi

Mouza Al Shehhi

UN Women
Director - UAE Liaison Office for the GCC
As Director of the UN Women-UAE Liaison Office for the GCC since 2016, Dr. Mouza drives efforts to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment in the UAE, GCC, and globally. Prior to this, she served as the Senior Adviser and International Representative to the General Women’s Union, the UAE’s primary organization dedicated to gender equality and women’s empowerment. Dr. Mouza also served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the UAE Armed Forces National Service and Reserve Authority. She holds an M.D. from Arabian Gulf University in Bahrain, an MSc in Sports Medicine from Queen Mary, University of London, and a Research Medical Doctorate from Queen Mary, University of London.
Muhammad Taimur Gandapur

Muhammad Taimur Gandapur

Global Team Lead, UNFCCC Regional Collaboration Centers
Taimur has worked with the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC) for over 9 years. He is currently heading the UNFCCC-WGEO Regional Collaboration Centre for the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (RCC Dubai) as the Regional Lead and is Regional Coordinator for the UNFCCC-IGES Regional Collaboration Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RCC Bangkok). Taimur has expertise in climate action related programme management, strategic partnerships, and resource mobilization. He is additionally serving as a Team Lead at the UN Climate Change Secretariat based in Bonn. Prior to joining the secretariat, he served in the Federal Ministry of Climate Change in Pakistan and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in Bangkok. Taimur holds multiple Master's degrees in business administration and project management.
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Rouba Abou-Atieh

Executive Coordinator
Rouba is Executive Coordinator of the Abu Dhabi Office of the Convention on Migratory Species. Prior to joining the UN, Rouba acted as a Technical Director and Regional Environment and Climate Change Practice Lead for an international engineering and development consultancy. She has over seventeen years of experience supporting international financial institutions, government and the private sector identifying and managing their environmental, social and governance risks and opportunities. Rouba advised and supported high profile projects internationally and regionally where she influenced and contributed to the positive environmental and social outcomes of those projects including developing action plans and road maps to combat risks and impacts on biodiversity, cultural heritage, climate change, child labour issues and labour rights.

Ryzsard Cholewinski

Ryzsard Cholewinski

Senior Migration Specialist - Regional Office for Arab States
Ryszard Cholewinski is the Senior Migration Specialist in ILO’s Regional Office for Arab States, based in Beirut, having previously worked at ILO Headquarters in Geneva (2010-2017) and IOM (2005-2010). He oversees ILO’s labour migration work in the Arab region relating to policy and technical assistance, research, and development cooperation, in close collaboration with ILO Geneva, field offices in other regions and ILO’s tripartite constituents, with a view to advancing ILO’s fair migration agenda. He is a lawyer by training with 13 years of previous experience in an academic setting.
Salah Khaled

Salah Khaled

Director, Office for GCC and Yemen
Mr. Salah Khaled (Egypt) is appointed as the Director of UNESCO Office for Gulf States and Yemen, and UNESCO Representative to Bahrain, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen, as of 1 May 2022. He has served with UNESCO since 2001, taking up several key positions in the Middle East, Asia, North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa, including some post-conflict and post-disaster countries. He is a graduate of the American University in Cairo with a BA in Poli􀆟cal Sciences and a MBA in Human Development from the Arab Academy in Alexandria.

Sami Dimassi

Sami Dimassi

Director, West Asia Office
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.
Sujit Kumar Mohanty

Sujit Kumar Mohanty

Chief of UNDRR Regional Office for Arab States
Sujit Kumar Mohanty is the Chief of United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) Regional Office for Arab States.
Before coming to Egypt, he worked as the Head a.i and Regional Platform Coordinator for the UNDRR Asia Pacific office in Bangkok, Thailand (2011-2017) and in Geneva (2006-2011). Sujit has over 20 years of experience in the field of disaster risk management; humanitarian coordination; development; climate change and worked with number of United Nations organizations such as UNOCHA, UNDP and UNDRR.
Prior to UNDRR, he worked with UNOCHA in Sri Lanka as a Chief Technical Adviser for Risk Information Systems in 2005 and as a Manager, Disaster Information Systems in UNDP, India (2000-2005).
Sujit is an Indian national, holding dual master’s degrees in business administration and computer science.
Zaki Aslan

Zaki Aslan

Regional Representative
Zaki Aslan is the Regional Representative of ICCROM for the Arab States and founding director of the ICCROM-Sharjah Regional Conservation Centre, UAE. He is conservation architect who, since 2003, has been Manager of ICCROM's ATHAR Programme (Conservation of Cultural Heritage in the Arab Region), Rome, Italy. He has provided technical advice to Member States on issues related to heritage conservation, management and national planning/ policies; World Heritage procedures; implementation of field projects; and, education, public outreach, capacity building, and curricula development.

He holds a Ph.D. in Heritage Conservation and Management from University College London, U.K., and an MSc degree in Conservation of the Built Environment from the University of Montreal, Canada.