Dr. Khalida Bouzar

Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Regional Bureau for Arab States, UNDP

Dr. Khalida Bouzar

Speaker Bio


Dr. Khalida Bouzar has 35 years of international and national corporate leadership experience, including 25 years in the UN system. She has strong knowledge and a lifelong passion for sustainable development, poverty reduction and delivering development impact. She is an expert in fragile states development, and in conflict and post-conflict responses.

She has worked extensively across a wide spectrum of development issues covering sustainable development, rural development, environment, climate change, migration, economics and industry, in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and mainly in the Arab region.

Prior to her appointment as Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States, Dr. Bouzar served as Regional Director for Near East, North Africa and Europe, at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) since 2012, where she established and led large-scale programmes and operations with a total investment volume of USD 2.6 billion across 45 countries.

Her key achievements include establishing the Facility for Refugees, Migrants, Forced Displacement and Rural Stability (FARMS); spearheading the current IFAD strategy for engagement in countries with fragile situations; negotiating the first ever country programme engagement with Iraq; and engaging in countries with limited fiscal space such as Yemen.

Earlier, Dr. Bouzar served as the Deputy Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, leading on strategy, policy and portfolio development, and established key partnerships (2008-2012). Between 2004 and 2008, she led the establishment of the IFAD’s Global Environment and Climate Change business operations contributing to significant resource mobilisation and a wider mainstreaming of these issues throughout IFAD’s operations.

She has also served as Regional Sustainable Development Advisor at UNDP Algeria; International Technical Expert in Drylands Development in the Bureau for Development Policy at UNDP and Programme Director at the Global Mechanism of the UNCCD.

Dr. Bouzar holds a PhD in Science from the University of Sciences, Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris, and speaks English, Arabic and French.