17 January 2013
Secretary-General
SG/A/1388
BIO/4444

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Biographical Note


Secretary-General Appoints Ahmad Alhendawi of Jordan Envoy on Youth

 


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Ahmad Alhendawi of Jordan as his Envoy on Youth.


In his Five-Year Action Agenda, the Secretary-General identified “Working with and for Women and Young People” as one of his top priorities, and in that context, the Envoy on Youth will address the needs of the largest generation of youth the world has ever known.


A strong youth advocate, Mr. Alhendawi brings to the position extensive knowledge of and commitment to working on youth issues at the local, regional and international levels.  Since December 2012, he has been Team Leader at the World Bank-funded programme to the League of Arab States on Institutional Development to Strengthen Arab Policy and Participation.  Prior to that, he served as Youth Policy Adviser to the Arab League in Cairo, and Officer in the Technical Secretariat of the Arab Youth and Sports Ministers Council (2009-2012).


Mr. Alhendawi also served as Team Leader for the National Youth Policy Project in Iraq, Youth Programme Associate at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Iraq office and Emergency Programme Officer at Save the Children.  He also provided support for the Danish Youth Council’s projects in the Middle East and North Africa, as regional consultant.


As part of his voluntary work, Mr. Alhendawi was among the co-founders of the All Jordan Youth Commission.  He also co-founded and headed the Youth for Democracy Network at the Jordanian Commission for Democratic Culture, in addition to co-founding the International Youth Council in New York.


Born in 1984, Mr. Alhendawi holds a master’s degree in advanced European and international relations, a diploma as “Policy Officer in European and International Organizations” from the Institut Européen in Nice, and a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from the Al-Balqa Applied University in Jordan.


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