Dr. Farid Hegazy
Dr. Farid Hegazy moved to New York in June 2018. Farid is seconded from the oldest UN specialized agencies, the International Labour Organization (ILO), to the UN Secretariat’s Peace Building Support Office, where he acts as Senior Policy Advisor Employment and Peacebuilding.
For the past 6 years Farid was with the ILO HQ in Geneva as the Global Coordinator of the Enabling Environment for Sustainable Enterprises. Farid was involved as expert in the development of Recommendation 205 on Employment and Decent Work for Peace and Resilience (2017) with a particular focus on Employment and Income Generation Activities as well as the development of Recommendation 204 on the Transition from the Informal to the Formal Economy (2015). Farid’s assignment in New York is expected to contribute to the main objective of better equipping both the PBSO and the ILO to develop employment programmes as a key peacebuilding instrument and facilitate the broader UN effort to use employment programmes to sustain peace.
Throughout his career Farid served in countries which were deeply affected by conflict and he experienced the progress made, inter alia through employment and income generating activities in various parts of the word, in Rwanda, where he lived and worked for four years, but also in countries such as Timor Leste, Cambodia, Laos, Nepal, Armenia, Moldova, Montenegro, Ukraine and Macedonia, just to name a few, in which his work on creating an enabling environment for sustainable enterprises was to a large extent shaped by the legacy of the post conflict weakened governance system and institutional setup.
Half German and half Egyptian, Farid began his career some 18 years ago working for the German-Arab Chamber of Industry and Commerce. Since, he has worked twice for the German Development Cooperation (GIZ, previously GTZ) in the Arab region in the early 2000s and later in Rwanda. In between he also worked for the European Commission as Programme Manager. Farid did his undergraduate studies in Business Administration and Economics and holds both a Master’s and a PhD in Development Studies.