Mohammad Pournik

Poverty Practice Leader for the Arab States

UNDP Regional Centre in Cairo

English, Farsi, French
Economic Development, Human development, Microfinance, Millennium development goals (MDGs), Poverty

Mohammad Pournik has been managing advisory services in economic and social policy, human development and MDGs, as the Poverty Practice Leader at the UNDP Regional Centre for Arab States in Cairo since August 2009. He has expertise in political economy of development, community driven development, heterodox macroeconomics and micro finance.

Mr. Pournik has mostly worked on political economy of sustainable development and poverty reduction. He joined UNDP Iran in 1984 and has since worked in Laos, New York, Nepal, Sudan and Yemen. As the regional coordinator for the South Asia Poverty Alleviation Programme, he led a multi-country intervention to promote economic inclusion of marginalized rural communities through social mobilization at the local level. In Sudan he served as Senior Economist and was associated with the joint assessment of post conflict needs assessment for the reconstruction of Sudan, both North and South. In Yemen he was the Principal Economic and Governance Adviser focusing on the links between governance systems and developmental outcomes, and member of a development partners group that supported the national reform agenda.  

Prior to joining the UN, he served briefly with the Iranian Plan and Budget Organization after several years of private sector experience.

Mr. Pournik received his academic training as an economist at the American University in Washington, D.C., the School of Oriental and African Studies of London and the University of Sussex, respectively, at Doctoral, Master’s and Bachelor’s levels.