Mr. Walid Badawi was appointed as the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Kenya with effect from 4 June 2019.
Mr. Badawi 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); and Coordination Officer in the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator, UN/UNDP Cairo, Egypt (1999 – 2001). 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). Subsequently 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.
Mr. Badawi is married and has three children.
Falaq is a Manager at Sahel Consulting Agriculture & Nutrition Limited.
She has worked with development organizations, private organizations and government agencies on strategic assessment and planning, market analysis, national and regional policy analysis and entry strategies to inform investments in the African Agricultural sector.
She has worked on the downstream and upstream sectors across various value chains focusing on several countries in West Africa including Benin Republic, Burkina Faso, Niger and Nigeria.
Falaq holds a BSc in Business Economics (First Class Honors) from the Anglia Ruskin University, England. She is proficient in French and English.