Dr. Rima Khalaf
Rima Khalaf served as an Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary at United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia until she resigned from her UN post after pressured by the UN to withdraw a report accusing Israel of apartheid. Dr. Khalaf has a combination of deep passion for, and knowledge of, the region with its challenges and opportunities; substantial experience with the United Nations at the senior policymaking levels; and the necessary management skills for a complex organization such as ESCWA. During her tenure as Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Regional Bureau for Arab States at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), from 2000 to 2006, she launched pioneering projects to promote good governance, human rights and human development in Arab States, receiving international honours, including the Prince Claus Award and the King Hussein Leadership Prize. Prior to joining UNDP, Dr. Khalaf held many senior policymaking positions in Jordan, including Minister for Industry and Trade from 1993 to 1995, Minister for Planning from 1995 to 1998) and Deputy Prime Minister from 1999 to 2000. As head of the ministerial economic team, she led the drive to reform and modernize the economy while simultaneously implementing a social package for building human capabilities, alleviating poverty and strengthening the social safety net. A regular contributor to regional and international policy forums concerned with global governance and the state of development in the Arab world, Dr. Khalaf has participated in a number of international commissions, including the High-Level Commission for the Modernisation of the World Bank Group Governance from 2008 to 2009. Dr. Khalaf holds a Bachelor of Arts in economics from the American University of Beirut and a Doctorate of Philosophy in system science from Portland State University.