Our Team in Bahrain

Mohamed El Zarkani

Mohamed El Zarkani

IOM
Chief of Mission and Resident Coordinator a.i.
Mohamed El Zarkani is the United Nations Resident Coordinator a.i and Chief of Mission of IOM in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Mohamed acquired his BA in International Relations from Webster University in the Netherlands in 2004. Since joining IOM in 2013, he has served as programme manager for a community stabilization initiative covering Egypt, Tunisia and Libya, and as Head of Programmes in IOM Kuwait, managing projects in areas of human development and labour mobility, as well as migrant protection and assistance. Since joining IOM Bahrain in 2018, Mohamed has been responsible for developing and promoting the full range of IOM services according to the priorities of the Government of Bahrain. Leveraging Bahrain’s role as a Regional Centre for Excellence in combatting Trafficking in Persons, Mohamed has also established IOM technical support programmes with the Human Rights Commission in Saudi Arabia and the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization in UAE. As of November 2020, Mohamed has been serving as the the UN Resident Coordinator a.i in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Mohamed is married and has two daughters.
Anna Paolini

Anna Paolini

UNESCO
Representative in the Arab States of the Gulf and Yemen and Director of the Doha Office
Dr Anna Paolini is UNESCO Representative in the Arab States of the Gulf and Yemen and Director of the UNESCO Doha Office since September 2013. Prior appointments include Head of Office in Uzbekistan and Jordan. She holds a MA in Architecture and in Urban and Regional Planning, a post-graduate degree in Development Cooperation and a Ph.D in Territorial Engineering.
Dino Francescutti

Dino Francescutti

FAO
Sub-regional Coordinator for the GCC States and Yemen and UAE Representative
 
Dr Dino Francescutti Motis is the FAO Sub-regional Coordinator for the GCC States and Yemen and also the FAO Representative in the UAE since 2019.
Mr Francescutti joined the FAO in 1991 as Food Security Officer. From 1995 to 2019, he worked as an Economist and Senior Economist at the FAO Investment Centre in Rome (Italy) and Santiago (Chile). He was often Officer-in-Charge for the Investment Centre Service, covering Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. Currently,
Mr Francescutti is Mexican and Italian. He holds a PhD in Economics and an M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics from the USA and a B.Sc. in Animal Husbandry from Mexico.
Eltayeb Yagoub Adam

Eltayeb Adam

UNICEF
Regional Representative for the Gulf States
As UNICEF Regional Representative for the Gulf States since April 2018, Mr Adam is responsible for managing and supervising UNICEF’s work, providing leadership and vision to the UNICEF country programme teams in planning and implementing local programmes and in managing and leveraging resources for the achievement of results and fulfilment of the rights of children. He was priviously UNICEF Chief Field Office for several operations in Mogadishu and Garowe, Somalia; in Qamishly, Syria; and in Sanaa, Yemen (2012-2018). Before joining UNICEF, Mr Adam has worked with UNDP in Abu Dhabi and Khartoum, and with Oxfam in Djakarta and Sana'a.
Fernanda Lonardoni

Fernanda Maria Lonardoni

UN-Habitat
Head of Country Programme
Dr. Fernanda Lonardoni is Head of Country Programme in the Kingdom of Bahrain. She holds a PhD in Urban Sociology and International Development from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from Federal University of Santa Catarina, Brazil. Since joining UN-Habitat in January 2014, she has served as a policy advisor in the housing department, as special assistant at the Executive Office and, most recently, as the Coordinator of the World Urban Forum, UN-Habitat’s leading initiative and premier global conference on cities. In the past 10 years, she has managed normative and operational projects at national and local levels, advising ministers, mayors and high-level decision makers in more than 10 countries. Prior to UN-Habitat she worked as a Programme Manager and Lead Researcher at the Cooperation and Development Centre (CODEV) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and with the World Bank as an Urban and Housing expert.
Hashim Hussein

Hashim Hussein

UNIDO
Head of the UNIDO-ITPO and Director of AICEI
Dr. Hashim S. Hussein is the Head of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization – Investment & Technology Promotion Office (UNIDO-ITPO) and Director of the Arab International Centre for Entrepreneurship and Investment Training (AICEI) – Kingdom of Bahrain. He’s had extensive experience of over 20 years in SME and Entrepreneurship development and he is an international advocate for Women’s Economic Empowerment.
Dr Hussein holds a PhD (Honors) in International Law from the Universite de Nantes, France; and has obtained a Doctoral Research Programme from the University of Maryland at College Park, Centre for International Development and Conflict Management (CIDCM).
Hatem Aly

Hatem Aly

UNODC
Representative for GCC Countries
Judge Hatem Aly, a former Senior Judge and Chief Prosecutor in Egypt, has over 20 years of experience in the areas of criminal justice and crime prevention. He previously served as a Senior Crime Prevention Expert at UNODC Headquarters in Vienna. He was also a Representative for the Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights (SII) for the Middle East region and for Afghanistan. He holds a degree in International Criminal Law (ICL) from the Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights in Italy as well as an ICL Diploma in International Cooperation in Penal Matters from the International Human Rights Law Institute in Chicago, USA.
Hesham Elsayed Abdelghany Moussa

Hesham Elsayed Abdelghany Moussa

WMO
Regional Representative
 
Dr. Hesham is the Regional Representative of World Meteorological Organization for Arab Region. He has extensive experience in programs and projects contributing to the achievement of MDGs and SDGs in developing countries in both Africa and Asia, including in Implementing number of regional climate and water-related programs and pgrading technical and human capacities of multi-countries. He has more than 25 years of experience in water resources management and development, mostly in regional and international entities. Dr. Hesham holds a Ph.D. in Water Resources Planning and Management.
Karl Kulessa

Karl Kulessa

UNFPA
Representative
A German national, Mr Kulessa has worked with UNFPA since 1992. Since 2004 he has been UNFPA Country Representative in various countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA).
As a Representative to Turkey, aside from the regular country program, his office managed a major humanitarian portfolio covering support to Syrian refugees inside Turkey and cross-border operations. Mr Kulessa has also covered Georgia and Azerbaijan as Country Director.
Mr Kulessa holds a Master of Arts in History (specializing in American foreign policy).
Khaled Khalifa

Khaled Khalifa

UNHCR
Regional Representative
Mr Khlaifa has 20 years of experience in relief and development. He has led humanitarian operations in various settings of natural disasters and complex emergencies, including in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Indonesia, Malaysia, Libya and Pakistan. He Holds an MA degree in English Literature & Humanities from Minia University in Egypt, an MSc in Sustainable Development from the University of London, and a Project Management Diploma from Aalborg Technical School, Denmark.
Mounir Tabet

Mounir Tabet

UN ESCWA
Deputy Executive Secretary
Mr Mounir Tabet (Canada) took up his official functions as Deputy Executive Secretary of ESCWA in September 2018. Prior to this, he served as the UNDP Country Director for Iraq (2016-2018). He also served as the UN & UNDP Resident Coordinator in Tunisia (2013- 2016) and UNDP Country Director in Egypt (2007-2013). From 2004-2007 he was the Senior Program Advisor in the Regional Bureau for the Arab States in UNDP HQ in New York.
Previously, Mr Tabet was Edward S. Mason fellow at Harvard University – the Kennedy School of Government. There, he completed a Masters degree in Public Administration. He also holds a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Ottawa.
Roueida El Hage

Roueida El Hage

OHCHR
Regional Representative for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region
 
With over 20 years of experience in human rights, Ms El Hage has extensive knowledge of international law and political affairs with the United Nations, in particular in conflict context in MENA, Asia and Africa regions.
Prior to this appointment, Ms El Hage notably served as Coordinator of the Secretariat of the Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen; Deputy Director of the Human Rights Component (UNAMI) in Iraq and Chief of the UNAMI Human Rights Regional Office in Northern Iraq, Acting Chief of MENA Section at OHCHR in Geneva.
Ruba Jaradat

Ruba Jaradat

ILO
Regional Director
Ruba Jaradat is the ILO Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Arab States. Since she assumed her current post at the ILO in November 2015, the Regional Office has seen over an 8-fold increase in its Development Cooperation portfolio budget, as well as the development and signing-into-force of six Decent Work Country Programmes and the expansion of its policy-related support to constituents across the region. She holds a PhD in Management and International Development from the UK.
Sami Dimassi

Sami Dimassi

UNEP
Director and Regional Representative of UNEP Regional Office for West Asia
With over 20 years of experience in management, Mr. Dimassi has extensive experience in multi-lateral and international relations, corporate and policy reform, intergovernmental affairs, strategy design and private sector engagement. Mr. Sami Dimassi joined the UNEP Regional Office for West Asia as Director and Regional Representative in 2017. He held several senior positions in the UN System, such as Senior ICT Advisor, Head of the Innovation Branch, Deputy Director of the Science division, Director of Private Sector Engagement, and Acting Director of Corporate Services all within UNEP. A Lebanese-Canadian national, he holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Ottawa University and a master’s in Management from Waterloo University in Canada.
Stefano Pettinato

Stefano Pettinato

UNDP
Resident Representative
Before his current tole, Mr Pettinato served as UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Bahrain in 2017 and 2018. His career at UNDP included assignments as Deputy Resident Representative for El Salvador and Belize, Regional Policy Adviser on Social Policy and Human Development at UNDP’s Regional Centre in Panama and the Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean in New York, and Policy Adviser in UNDP’s Human Development Report Office. He co-authored the 2003 and 2004 editions of the Global Human Development Report. Before joining UNDP, Mr Pettinato worked at the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank, the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.
Mr Pettinato graduated summa cum laude in Development and Public Economics from the University of Florence and obtained a second Master’s Degree in International Economics from Johns Hopkins University.
Sujit Kumar Mohanty

Sujit Kumar Mohanty

UNDRR
Chief of UNDRR Regional Office for Arab States
 
Sujit Kumar Mohanty is the Chief of United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) Regional Office for Arab States.
Before coming to Egypt, he worked as the Head a.i and Regional Platform Coordinator for the UNDRR Asia Pacific office in Bangkok, Thailand (2011-2017) and in Geneva (2006-2011). Sujit has over 20 years of experience in the field of disaster risk management; humanitarian coordination; development; climate change and worked with number of United Nations organizations such as UNOCHA, UNDP and UNDRR.
Prior to UNDRR, he worked with UNOCHA in Sri Lanka as a Chief Technical Adviser for Risk Information Systems in 2005 and as a Manager, Disaster Information Systems in UNDP, India (2000-2005).
Sujit is an Indian national, holding dual master’s degrees in business administration and computer science.
Susanne Mikhail

Susanne Mikhail

UN Women
Regional Director
Ms Susanne Mikhail brings over 20 years of experience in development and humanitarian work in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, including with the UN. She notably served as the Director, Humanitarian Affairs, Department of Middle East, Asia and Humanitarian Affairs at SIDA; Head of Office and Resident Programme Coordinator with UNICEF in South Sudan; Regional Advisor for MENA at ‘End Child Prostitution and Trafficking International’ (ECPAT).
A national of Sweden and Egypt, Susanne holds a master of arts degree in political science from the Uppsala University of Sweden.
Dr. Tasnim Atatrah

Tasnim Atatrah

WHO
WHO Representative and Head of Office
Dr. Tasnim is a public health specialist, medical doctor, and policy fellow, who has worked in 12 countries spanning the Middle East, North Africa, and the European Region, in various capacities. She has led emergency operations and public health humanitarian responses for Gaza, Syria, and Libya. In addition, she has mobilized resources and led interventions to promote health wellbeing for refugees and migrants in Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey. She also oversaw the development of National Health Strategies in line with the 2030 Agenda in Palestine, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan and led interventions to strengthen health emergency preparedness and health systems in Central Asia. In doing so, she served as acting WHO representative in Kyrgyzstan (2018-2019), Tajikistan (2019), and Turkmenistan (2021).

Dr. Tasnim Atatrah’s latest assignment was in Kyrgyzstan, as Central Asia Hub Coordinator where she led the hub programme in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Her academic background includes a Doctorate in Medicine, a Master’s degree in public health and Epidemiology from Al-Quds University, a Diploma in Project Management from Bethlehem University, a High Diploma in Management of Health programs from Liverpool School for Tropical Medicine, and a Policy Fellowship from Cambridge University.