United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Mourad Wahba of Egypt as his Deputy Special Representative for the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), where he will also serve as United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Mr. Wahba will succeed Peter de Clercq of the Netherlands. The Secretary-General is grateful for Mr. de Clercq’s dedicated service and contribution to the work of the United Nations in Haiti.
Mr. Wahba brings to the position extensive experience in development, policymaking, and programme and operations management. He currently serves as Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Regional Director for the Regional Bureau for Arab States of UNDP in New York, positions he has held since 2013.
Prior to this role, Mr. Wahba was the Director of the Security Office in the Bureau of Management of UNDP in New York from 2009 to 2013, and United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Morocco from 2006 to 2009. He served as Director of United Nations Affairs in UNDP in New York and UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Guyana and held several senior officer and adviser positions in UNDP and the United Nations Secretariat in New York from 1993 to 2001. Before joining the United Nations, he worked in media and academia.
Mr. Wahba holds a doctorate degree in oriental studies at Oxford University in the United Kingdom.
Born in 1959, he is married and has two children.