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Mohamed Bendriss Alami - New Interim Representative for UNICEF Azerbaijan

BAKU, 3 November 2008 – Mr. Mohamed Bendriss Alami has been appointed new Representative for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Azerbaijan.

Alami is the interim UNICEF Representative to Azerbaijan and he takes over from Ms. Hanaa Singer.

Prior to this appointment, Mr.Alami has served as UNICEF Deputy Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.

After 15 years of work as Senior Civil Servant in the Moroccan Administration, Mr. Alami joined UNICEF Morocco in Rabat as National Officer managing the Water and Environmental Sanitation Programme (WES) in 1985. He was appointed the head of the WES programme in Cameroon as International Professional in 1988 and was designated as Assistant Representative in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea in 1994. In 1998 he was nominated Senior Programme Officer, the head of Field Operations in Khartoum, Sudan.

After the successful job in Sudan, the UNICEF Executive Director appointed him as UNICEF Representative in Damascus, Syria in 2000. In 2003 he was nominated UNICEF Deputy Regional Director for the MENA Region based in Amman, Jordan.

In April 2005 Mr. Alami retired, but continued working for UNICEF as a consultant. In this capacity, he was designated as the UNICEF head of the WES Cluster in Pakistan (2005-2006) during the earthquake emergency and in Lebanon after the war between Hezbollah and Israel in 2006-2007.

Mohamed Bendriss Alami, 63, is a citizen of the Kingdom of Morocco. He holds a diploma in Civil Engineering in Hydraulics and a Master in Urban Planning and Regional Development.

Mr. Alami is married with two children.



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