UNDP Kenya Resident Representative Mr. Walid Badawi presents his credentials to Amp. Hon Monica Juma CS Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Photo: Andrew Kuria Muigai, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Intl. Trade

Nairobi 24 June 2019:The new United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative to Kenya Mr. Walid Badawi presented his credentials to Ambassador Hon. Monica Juma, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 

Mr. Badawi was appointed as the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to Kenya with effect from 4 June 2019. He has vast experience in UNDP with 26 years of progressively complex international development and leadership experience. 

Until his appointment, Mr. Badawi served as the United Nations Resident Representative ad interim for UNDP South Africa and prior to that UNDP Country Director, South Africa (2014 – 2019). He began his career in UNDP as Programme Officer, UNDP Jakarta, Indonesia (1993 –1999); then Coordination Officer in the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator, UN/UNDP Cairo, Egypt (1999 - 2001). 

Previously he held various positions in the Regional Bureau for Arab States between September 2001 – January 2007, last being the Chief of Staff and Senior policy Advisor to the Regional Bureau Director. After that he served as Deputy Resident Representative (Programme), in UNDP Iraq, (based in Amman, Jordan) (January 2007 – March 2009). Successively, he was appointed Deputy Director, Division of Resource Mobilization in UNDP’s Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy (BERA) (March 2009 – January 2014).

Mr. Badawi holds a Masters degree in International Management (Finance and Marketing) from the American Graduate School of International Management, Thunderbird, Campus, Glendale, Arizona and a B.A from Fordham University in Economics. 

Under the leadership of Mr. Badawi, UNDP in Kenya will continue to work closely with public institutions at national and county levels by leveraging innovative approaches, outlined in the Country Programme Document (CPD 2018-22) through the three pillars of: Governance, Peace and Security;Inclusive Growth and Structural Transformation;and Environmental Sustainability, Climate Change and Resilience.

UNDP remains committed to working with communities, in advancing human development and economic growth, working in consultation and partnership with a broad range of stakeholders including; the Government of Kenya, Civil Society Organisations, independent bodies, development partners and other UN agencies.

For more information contact:
Ngele Ali, Head of Communications UNDP Kenya ngele.ali@undp.org

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