P Santosh Kumar

Mr. Abdul Hakim Elwaer

Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative, FAO Near East and North Africa

Dr. Elwaer joined the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on 5 April 2021 as Assistant-Director General & Regional Representative of the Regional Office for the Near East and North Africa. Before joining FAO, he served as Adviser to the President on Global Advocacy and Partnerships at the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where he also served as the IsDB Spokesperson and Director of Cooperation, Partnerships, Regional Integration and Resource Mobilization. He was further appointed IsDB’s Sherpa at G20 and Head of Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs). Earlier, he was the Director for Human Resources, Science and Technology and Director for Administration and Human Resources Management in the African Union where he supervised and managed the establishment of several African unique initiatives and institutions. He also served as Secretary of the Environmental General Authority (Minister of Environment) of the Government of Libya in Tripoli and was elected President of the African

Ministerial Congress on Environment (AMCEN). He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry from the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom, a PG Diploma in Organizational Leadership from the Gestalt Centre of Organizations and Systems Development in the United States, and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering and Science Technology from the University of Sabha in Libya.