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أحمد رافع الهنداوي
Ahmad Alhendawi, August 2016
|United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth|
May 20, 1984 |
Al Zarqa, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
|Profession||Public Policy and Administration|
Ahmad Alhendawi (أحمد رافع الهنداوي) (born 20 May 1984) is the United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth. He was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations on January 17, 2013. "The Secretary-General in his Five-Year Action Agenda identified 'Working with and for Women and Young People' as one of his top priorities" said a UN spokesperson in a note to the media. "In this context, the Envoy on Youth will work to address the needs of the largest generation of youth the world has ever known."
Early life and education
Alhendawi is one of ten children. Alhendawi holds a master's degree in Advanced European and International Relations from the European Institute of High International Studies, a Diploma as "Policy Officer in European and International Organizations" from Bilgi University, and a B.A Degree in Computer Information Systems from Al-Balqa` Applied University.
Alhendawi has worked as Team Leader at a World Bank-funded programme to the League of Arab States on institutional development to strengthen Arab policy and participation. He has also served as the Youth Policy Advisor in the League of Arab States in Cairo and as an officer in the Technical Secretariat of the Arab Youth and Sports Ministers Council, between 2009 and 2012. He also served as team leader for the National Youth Policy Project in Iraq, a Youth Program Associate at the Iraq office of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA). Alhendawi has served as an Emergency Program Officer at the non-governmental organization Save the Children. He has also worked supporting the Danish Youth Council's projects in the Middle East and North Africa. As part of his voluntary work, Alhendawi was among the co-founders of the All Jordan Youth Commission and the International Youth Council in New York. He also co-founded and headed the Youth for Democracy Network at the Jordanian Commission for Democratic Culture.
Alhendawi had several papers and publications on youth and civil society, including co-authoring:
- "Working With Youth in the MENA Region, an Introductory Guide to NGO programming in Support of the Inclusion of Youth" Published by the Danish Youth Council
- The Role of Civil Society in the Arab Spring: A comparison between the role of social movements and NGOs in the Egyptian uprising.
- The Millennium Campus Network's Global Generation Award in 2013
- Global Youth Action Net Fellowship as a Young Global Social Entrepreneur by the International Youth Foundation in Washington DC.
- Named by The Diplomatic Courier as a Top 99 under 33 Shaper.
- "United Nations News Centre". UN News Service Section. 17 January 2013.
- "Kenneth Cole, USAID Assistant Administrator Nancy Lindborg among honorees at Millennium Campus Conference". Boston.com.
- "Ahmad Alhendawi". Diplomatic Courier. Retrieved 14 April 2014.