Ghada Hatim Eltahir Mudawi of Sudan will take over as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Kuwait where she will oversee the coordination of all organizations of the United Nations dealing with operational activities for development at the country level.
“Secretary-General Appoints Ghada Hatim Eltahir Mudawi of Sudan United Nations Resident Coordinator in Kuwait
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Ghada Hatim Eltahir Mudawi of Sudan as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Kuwait, with the host Government’s approval,” said an official UN statement.
She has a very wide experience of 25 years serving in senior positions in different parts of the world in humanitarian and development affairs. Prior to her current appointment, she held different positions at the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in New York — notably as Deputy Director of the Operations and Advocacy Division, where she was also Acting Director from March to August 2022.
She has also served as Chief of Eastern and Southern Africa and as Acting Deputy Director for Middle East and North Africa, overseeing the Office’s activities in those regions.
In addition to the UN, she has also worked with large NGOs in various capacities. Eltahir served as the Executive Director of the Médecins Sans Frontières Gulf Cooperation Council Regional Office in Abu Dhabi; Country Director of Médecins Sans Frontières in Yemen and Nigeria; and Nigeria Country Director of Solidarités International and of iMMAP.
Eltahir holds two master’s degrees, one in development studies from Erasmus University’s Institute of Social Studies in the Netherlands, and another in gender and development from Ahfad University in Sudan. She has also served on numerous international advisory boards and panels.
As per the General Assembly mandate, the Resident Coordinator (RC) is the highest-ranking representative of the United Nations Development System (UNDS) at the country level. The Resident Coordinator is the designated representative of – and reports to – the Secretary-General.