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Maha Bahamdoun

Director, Middle East Regional Office | bahamdoun@ipinst.org

Maha Bahamdoun joined IPI August 1, 2013 as the Director of IPI's Regional Middle East Office, based in Manama, Bahrain.

Maha is a development professional with extensive experience in program and policy design. Her 23-year career covered South Asia, the Arab states, and Africa. In addition to working at UNDP headquarters in Geneva and New York, she served in Malawi as UNDP's Country Director and in Nigeria as the Director of UNDP's Democratic Governance for Development Program, where her work focused on electoral support.

Her broad experience includes advocacy for the achievement of the MDGs; the design of strategies and policies to address livelihood; and food security concerns for communities, including those emerging from conflict, addressing the poverty and environment nexus and adaptation to climate change. She has also participated in the design of large scale assessments of development results in countries such as Egypt and Syria. She has extensive experience in leading, managing and coordinating complex processes involving governments, civil society, the private sector, and the United Nations in Africa, the Arab states, and Asia. Most recently, she served as a Senior Advisor on Sustainable Development in the Office of the 66th President of the United Nations General Assembly.

Maha has an MPA from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, a Master's from Bath University in the United Kingdom, and a Bachelors' from King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She is fluent in Arabic, English, and has a working knowledge of French.



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