In 2006 I joined the Global Leadership Fellows Programme of the World Economic Forum, which I successfully completed, leaving the Forum as an Associate Director in January 2011. The programme is dedicated to develop and train the next generation of world leaders; well-rounded professionals who feel equally at home in the public and private sectors. As such, fellows are fully integrated in the Forum and benefit from an intensive work and learning experience intended to develop and train future leaders of global enterprises and international organizations.
My experience working with the Forum has thus exposed me to a large number of multinational corporations, government officials, research institutions and other entities with the aim of analyzing and supporting private sector investment priorities and strategies whilst supporting the core mission objectives of the Forum that essentially consist of engaging the world’s foremost multinational corporations in socially responsible and poverty-reducing activities.
Prior to my experience with the Forum, I was a permanent staff at the UN Economic Commission for Africa, where I joined the Development Policy Management Division in January 2003 as an Economic Affairs Officer, to be promoted and appointed by the Executive Secretary to his Office in 2005 in order to assist his Principal Policy Advisor in her strategic policy formulation and oversight functions. My specific responsibilities consisted in providing substantive back-up, analysis and research in the form of briefing notes, speeches or speaking points, presentations, minutes of meetings, correspondences or publications on a range of strategic political and economic aspects of concern to the Commission.
During my probationary period in the Development Policy Management Division my work was primarily oriented towards the analysis of country data on various aspects of governance, including corruption control, accountability and transparency of institutions, and the rule of law. The analysis of these data culminated in the first African Governance Report published by the UNECA, and provided me with a deep insight into the theoretical and practical aspects of critical governance and development aspects.
Prior to my appointment with the UNECA I was employed as a Programme Officer (JPO) with UNDP in Islamabad/Pakistan, and then as a Liaison Officer with the UNDP Office in Geneva. My work experience in Pakistan presented me with ample opportunities to become familiar with all operational and administrative aspects of the UNDP project planning, implementation and monitoring cycle as well as with donor relations and reporting requirements, whilst my activities as a liaison officer strengthened my understanding of the coordination and collaboration needs between UN agencies and other key stakeholders.
Regarding my qualifications I hold a Masters Degree in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and a Bachelors Degree in Human Sciences from the University of Oxford. Areas of particular interest and focus during my university studies included international institutions, which were the object of my Master’s thesis, international relations and sociological aspects of development. Finally, I am fluent in French and German, which are my mother tongues, as well as in English since I have been living and/or working in English speaking environments for nearly 20 years now.