09 Feb 2015
Iman Al Husseini, Programme Specialist, UNDP Gaza
Iman Husseini briefing the Administrator, during her visit in February 2014, on infrastructure projects in Gaza. Photo: UNDP/PAPP
1. Who are you?
I was raised with my two brothers in Kuwait. My father used to tell me when I was young: ”Since you are in the middle of your brothers you are the best, as the best bead in the necklace is always in the middle.” My family was a great support and driving force for me in my career. It is part of my nature to always challenge myself.
2. What do you do for work?
I am a Programme Specialist at the UNDP Gaza Office, heading the infrastructure team that implements a variety of projects in sectors such as housing, water, sewage, job creation, energy, health, and education.
3. Where were you before?
I started my career as an assistant site engineer at a large consultancy office in Kuwait. As a woman, I was not used to climbing walls or trees or walking on wood beams in construction sites. Being one of five pioneer female engineers working for the company, the resident engineer was counting on my failure to leave the site. I took up the challenge, killed my fears, and trained myself with the site supervisor’s help.
Upon my return to Gaza, I joined UNRWA in …