Meet Walid Badawi, UNDP Resident Representative in Kenya

January 26, 2020

Mr. Walid Badawi was appointed as the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Kenya with effect from 4 June 2019.  

Mr. Badawi has over 26 years’ experience in UNDP - Until his appointment, he served as the United Nations Resident Representative ad interim for UNDP South Africa and prior to that UNDP Country Director, South Africa (2014 – 2019).  

He began his career in UNDP as Programme Officer, UNDP Jakarta, Indonesia (1993 – 1999); and Coordination Officer in the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator, UN/UNDP Cairo, Egypt (1999 - 2001).

He held various positions in the Regional Bureau for Arab States between September (2001 – January 2007) last being the Chief of Staff and Senior policy Advisor to the Regional Bureau Director. After that he served as Deputy Resident Representative (Programme), in UNDP Iraq, (based in Amman, Jordan) (January 2007 – March 2009). He was subsequently appointed Deputy Director, Division of Resource Mobilization in UNDP’s Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy (March 2009 – January 2014).    

 Mr. Badawi holds a Master’s degree in International Management  (Finance and Marketing) from the American Graduate School of International Management,  Thunderbird, Campus, Glendale, Arizona and a B.A from Fordham University in Economics.