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Saad Houry - Regional Director a.i., Middle East and North Africa

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Saad Houry
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Mr. Saad Houry, UNICEF Regional Director a.i. (Middle East and North Africa), took up his functions in Amman on 1 August 2016.

He brings to this position over 30 years of experience in international development, planning and advocacy for children’s rights.

Mr. Houry is a former Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF (Programmes). Since his retirement in 2012, he has been cooperating with a number of foundations and NGOs.

Mr. Houry joined UNICEF in 1978 and served in different capacities at country, regional and global level. He was Head of Office in Damascus, Aden and Ouagadougou. He served in Abidjan as Regional Planning Officer and in Amman as Deputy Regional Director.

He was appointed Chief of Staff and Director, Office of the Executive Director in UNICEF Headquarters, New York, in 2001. He then served as Director of the Division of Policy and Planning until his appointment as Deputy Executive Director, Programmes in 2008.

Mr. Houry was seconded to the Arab Gulf Programme for United Nations Development Organizations (AGFUND) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, establishing and managing their Programme Division (1983-1988).

From 1992 to 1996, on a break from UNICEF, he undertook special assignments and consultancies for the World Bank and UNICEF.

Mr. Houry holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry from the American University of Beirut. He obtained a Master of Science in Neurobiology from the University of London, where he also pursued research towards a Ph.D. in Neuropharmacology.

He is married and has three sons. He is a Canadian and Lebanese national.

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