Deputy and Practice Coordinator
Regional Centre for Arab States, Cairo
Geoffrey D. Prewitt is the Deputy of UNDP’s Regional Centre for Arab States in Cairo. The Centre covers 17 countries in the Middle East and North Africa as well as the occupied Palestinian territory. He has over 15 years’ experience serving UNDP and Civil Society Organizations.
Prior to being posted in Cairo in 2011, Mr. Prewitt was the Team Leader for both the Governance and Poverty Reduction Teams of UNDP's Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People (PAPP) as well as serving as its Senior Governance Adviser.
Mr. Prewitt worked with UNDP as an Advisor in Eastern Europe and the CIS, Central and Eastern Africa, and New York HQ. Prior to joining UNDP, he worked with civil society organizations in Malawi and Hungary.
Mr. Prewitt has written and spoken extensively on issues of civic engagement, governance, and political economy of the Arab world; his most recent work has focused on governance transitions in the Arab States, Social Enterprises, Civil Society Organizations Governance, and income-diversification of the not-for-profit sector. Other selected activities include: guest lecturer at the Central-Eastern University in Budapest, convener of a conference at the Bellagio Center (Rockefeller Foundation) on “Working with Men to End Gender Violence: a Global Interchange,” and co-founder, with seven other staff, of the UNDP’s Men’s Group on Gender Equality.
Mr. Prewitt holds an MA in International Development from Cornell University and a BA in History from the University of Wisconsin, USA.