Regional Director

Mr Moez Doraid (Egypt) is the Regional Director, a.i. of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) for the Arab States. In this capacity, he leads UN Women’s normative, programme and coordination work in the Middle East and North Africa. He is a member of the Executive Leadership and the Senior Management teams of UN Women.

Moez has extensive experience in the United Nations, spanning twenty nine years across several domains, agencies and countries. For the past four years Moez has been the Director, Division of Management and Administration at UN Women headquarters supporting operations across the world and overseeing UN Women’s budget, finance, accounts, procurement, legal matters, information technology, administration, facilities and audit coordination.

Between 2011 and 2016, he has led and managed the implementation of the UN Women’s system-wide and interagency mandates. He is the former Co-Chair of the Consultative Group on Combatting Discrimination and Inequality of the UN’s High Level Committee on Programme and the former Chair of the United Nations Development Group’s Task Team for Gender Equality.

Prior to the establishment of UN Women, Moez served as the Deputy Executive Director of UN Development Fund for Women for Operations and External Relations. As head of UNIFEM’s management, administration, resource mobilization and partnership building from 2006 to 2010, he led the more than tripling of the Fund’s total revenue and delivery. He was also the main UNIFEM interlocutor with the intergovernmental and interagency negotiations that led to the establishment of UN Women. Moez also served for three terms as the Chair of the UN Development Group’s Working Group on Programming Issues which provided UN-wide global guidance and direction to common programming at the country level.

Before joining UNIFEM, Moez served as UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in Kuwait where he led the UN System’s support to capacity and cultural development, planning, the environment and to Kuwaiti women which facilitated their success in winning and exercising suffrage for the first time. He also served as the UN’s liaison with the Government regarding its large logistical base in Kuwait to support Iraq.

In 2004 - 2005, Moez was the UN Humanitarian Coordinator, UN Resident Coordinator a.i. and UNDP’s Officer in Charge in Maldives. He commissioned and managed a historic mission of international experts and report which was a major impetus for the country’s progress towards democratization. Following the 2004 tsunami, he coordinated international assistance to the humanitarian relief effort, including a globally renown campaign under the banner: Adopt an Island.

Between 2001 and 2004, Moez was a Senior Programme Advisor at the Regional Bureau for Arab States at UNDP headquarters. He co-authored the first report in writing its overview. That AHDR was designated by Time Magazine as the most important publication in 2002. He coordinated and contributed substantively to other reports on the socio-economic, political and cultural development of the Middle East, formulated and managed regional programmes for gender equality and for information technology for development.

From 1998 to 2001, Moez established and headed UNDP's Regional Resource Facility based in Beirut. Before that, he managed research and policy analysis as Deputy Director of UNDP’s Office of Development Studies in New York and contributed to the publication of UNDP’s first book on Global Public Goods. In 1991, 1992 and from 1995 to 1997, he co-authored six of UNDP’s flagship publication, the Global Human Development Reports. Between 1992 and 1994, he served as Programme Officer then Assistant Resident Representative, UNDP, Sudan where he managed participatory poverty reduction programmes serving half a million people and initiated development programmes in Kordofan, war stricken Darfur and southern Sudan.

Before joining UNDP, Doraid served as a Diplomatic Attachè with the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He has a B.A. in Economics from the American University in Cairo; a Masters in Public Administration focusing on economic development from Harvard University; and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Lebanese University.