Ahmad Alhendawi

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Ahmad Alhendawi
أحمد رافع الهنداوي
United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth
Personal details
Born (1984-05-20) May 20, 1984 (age 31)
Al Zarqa, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
Nationality Jordanian
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 UN Secretary-General 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.” [1]


He holds a master 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. [2]

Professional career[edit]

Ahmad 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). He also worked 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, Mr. 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. [3]


Alhendawi had several papers and publications on youth and civil society, including co-authoring: