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New Director for the Oslo Governance Centre
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In March 2012, Heba El-Kholy joined UNDP’s Democratic Governance Group in the Bureau of Development Policy as the Director of the Oslo Governance Centre.
Heba El-Kholy has over 20 years of international development experience, including in post conflict and transition countries. She has served as the head of UN Women in Albania (2010-2011), UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Tunisia (2006-2008), UNDP Country Director in the Sudan (2003-2006), and UNDP Senior Policy Advisor in New York with the Regional Bureau for Arab States and the South-South Cooperation Unit (1998-2002). She also led and participated in a number of strategic assessments and reviews, including in Lebanon, Yemen, the occupied Palestinian territories, and most recently in Afghanistan.
Prior to joining the UN, Heba worked with the Ford Foundation in Egypt, directing the Foundation's Middle East and North Africa Urban Poverty Programme (1990-1995), with the Canadian International Development Agency (1987-1990), and with Catholic Relief Services. She is a founding member of a women’s rights group in Egypt and has served on the board of a number international civil society organizations. She started her development career with Environmental Quality International were she initiated and led a micro-enterprise and legal aid programme for women-headed households in a traditional garbage collectors’ community in Cairo.
Ms El-Kholy holds a PhD in Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, a Masters in Development Sociology from Cornell University, and a BA in Sociology and Political Science from the American University in Cairo.