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UN Resident Coordinator

The Resident Coordinator (RC) system encompasses all organizations of the United Nations system dealing with operational activities for development, regardless of their formal presence in the country. The RC system in Kuwait aims to bring together the different UN agencies to contribute to the realization of New Kuwait Vision 2035 by aligning results to Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030 at the country level. The Resident Coordinator lead the UN country team and is the designated representatives of the Secretary-General for development operations. Working closely in partnership with Kuwait governments, the Resident Coordinator and country team advocate the interests and mandates of the UN drawing on the support and guidance of the entire UN family.

Resident Coordinator: Dr. Tarek El Sheikh

Resident Coordinator in Kuwait: Dr. Tarek El Sheikh

Dr. Tarek El-Sheikh has more than 26 years of experience in Policies and Strategies of Urban Development formulation, training, advisory services and projects implementation. Dr. El-Sheikh gained his Ph.D. in 2004 from Cairo University after studies in University of Karlsruhe, Germany and master’s degree in development administration and Planning from University of Bristol in 1996 and master’s degree in architecture engineering from Cairo University in 1994.

Dr. El-Sheikh is currently The Representative of the United Nations Secretary General and Resident Coordinator to the State of Kuwait, before, that he was Resident Representative of UNDP and United Nations Resident Coordinator to the State of Kuwait (2018), He was the former Director of Future Saudi Cities Programme for two years (2015-2017). The Director of the Sub-Regional Office for Gulf States of UN Habitat in Kuwait (2010-2014). He was the Housing Sector Lead in the UN Country Team of Iraq (2007-2009). He joined the United Nations as Capacity Building Expert at UN Habitat Jordan (2004-2007). Prior to Joining the UN, he worked as Assistant Professor at the Urban Training and Studies Institute in Cairo and Deputy Director.

Dr. El-Sheikh was the leader of several knowledge development and information building programs in Development Policies and Strategies. During his work with UNDP, the Anti-Corruption Strategy of Kuwait was finalized, Women empowerment programme trained more than 100 Kuwaiti women in leadership, The National Human Development Report is finalized, the Culture Heritage Strategy framework prepared for Kuwait, the strategic Partnership Framework with the State of Kuwait finalized. He also led on the preparation of City prosperity profiles, planning reviews in Saudi cities and analysis of Saudi urban legislations and regional plans. He developed background report on Arab Cities 2012/13, Tunisia Housing Profile 2010, Arab Platform for Urban Observatories and Kuwait urban profile, Bahrain urban profiles, and State of Saudi Cities Report 2016. Dr. El-Sheikh also contributed to the preparation of the State of Iraq Cities Report, Iraq Housing Market Assessment, Iraq Housing Policy, Egypt Urban Development Strategy and also led on several urban development initiatives in Arab region, trained professionals from various Arab States on land development and informal settlement upgrading. He also authored a number of publications and articles in international journals.

Dr. El-Sheikh is a member of several international, regional and national networks and groups. The British University Graduates Association, the European Network for Housing Research, International Society for City and Regional Planners, The International Research Group for Law and Urban Space (IRGLUS),  and The Eisenhower Fellowships Network.

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