I am a humanitarian practitioner and executive leadership coach, with over 30 years of experience working in humanitarian emergencies primarily in Africa and the Middle East. I have served the United Nations in various capacities including as Regional Humanitarian Coordinator - ASG for the Syria crisis (2017-2019), as Director of the IASC Peer to Peer initiative (2013-2017), as UNHCR’s Regional Refugee Coordinator for the Syria situation (2012 - 2013), as Humanitarian Coordinator in Libya (2011), and as Director for UNRWA Syria (2006 - 2009).
I am a firm believer in the role that ethical leadership plays in creating transformation; for oneself, one’s team, and most importantly, for the people we serve.
I am a proud father of three wonderful children. I love sailing and being in and around the sea
I bring over 20 years of work experience to GELI. Prior to this I was with OCHA, responsible for the annual HC retreat and the SalesForce database that I helped build from a simple excel document!
I have worked at Headquarters and in the field where I handled conferences, retreats, seminars and workshops with participants at various levels including Special Representatives of the Secretary-General. Prior to a UN career, I was in the Commercial sector of the French Consulate in India. A keen traveller from the onset, my first job was in a travel company.
My current interests are weight training and physical well-being, studying Arabic and doodling.