Mohamed Ali Alhakim

Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA)

Mr. Mohamed Ali Alhakim is the Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). He brings to the position 37 years of government and diplomatic experience, and a deep knowledge of the issues confronting the Arab region.

As Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Iraq to the United Nations in New York and Geneva, he worked directly with numerous United Nations bodies, notably in the development and follow-up of the Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals.

Mr. Alhakim has held several senior government positions in Iraq, including those of Minister of Telecommunications, Acting Minister of Finance and Deputy Secretary-General of the Iraqi Governing Council. He has worked at the international level to raise funds for rebuilding efforts in Iraq, notably in Mosul and Najaf. He brings a wealth of experience from his activities in the private sector as a technology consultant and entrepreneur. He has also lectured and conducted research at universities in Iraq, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Mr. Alhakim holds a Doctorate in Management of Engineering from the University of Southern California, United States of America; a Master of Science and Technology from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom; and a Bachelor of Arts in Education and Statistics from Al-Mustansiriya University, Iraq.

Born in Iraq in 1952.