Khaled Abdel Shafi is Director of the UNDP’s newly established Regional Hub for the Arab States in Amman. Prior to that, he served in different senior positions at UNDP Headquarters in New York in the Regional Bureau for Arab States including Chief Country Operations Division (2014-2015), Chief of Staff (2012-2013), and Senior Program Advisor and Special Advisor (2009-2011). He headed the UNDP Gaza Office for many years, leading the UN development works in close partnership with the newly established Palestinian Authority and Civil Society.
Khaled played a leading role in the UN’s efforts for the reconstruction and recovery of the Gaza Strip and served as a member of the Gaza City Council on a voluntary basis, heading the Gaza Municipal Committee for the City Development.
He enjoys wide expertise in Political and socio-economic analysis and advice; programme and operations planning and management; management oversight; leadership and team building; donor relations; and representation and multilateral negotiations.