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Mr. Salah Khaled, UNESCO’s Regional Director for Central Africa

M. Salah Khaled is the Director of UNESCO’s Regional Office for Central Africa based in Yaounde, Cameroon, and UNESCO Representative to Cameroon, Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Equatorial Guinea and Sao Tome and Principe.

After a few years in the private sector and as researcher at the Export Development Bank of Egypt promoting commercial inter-African exchange, M. Khaled’s career with the United Nations began in 1993, first within the Operational Unit for Development Assistance (OUDA), a UNDP-Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Egypt programme. From 1995 to 2001, he was part of the Operations team of the UNICEF Office in Cairo.

He joined UNESCO in 2001 as the Chief of the Iraq Liaison Unit based in Amman (Jordan), where he lead the establishment of the extrabudgetary funded portfolio for Iraq participating in several UN-wide programming exercises and joint reconstruction and stabilization programmes. In 2010, M. Khaled helped in backstopping the Port au Prince Office in the aftermath of the Earthquake, managing the contribution of UNESCO in the relief programmes. M. Khaled also served as Officer-in-Charge for the UNESCO Office in Islamabad (Pakistan) in 2011.

From 2011 to 2016, M. Khaled established the first UNESCO Country Office for South Sudan, where he lead a multi-million stabilization, peace building, reintegration and reconstruction programme. M. Khaled also served as Director of the UNESCO Office in Rabat and UNESCO representative to Morocco, Mauritania, Algeria and Tunisia from 2016 to 2018.

Mr Khaled holds a BA in Political Science from the American University in Cairo (’91) and a MBA from the Arab Academy of Maritime Sciences Alexandria, Egypt (’95). He is married and a father of two.

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