Tunisian named ECA director for North Africa
APA-Rabat (Morocco) - Tunisia's Lilia Hachem Naas has been named as the new Director of the North African branch of the United Nations’ Economic Commission for Africa.
The appointment of Ms. Hachem Naas who boasts of a 20-year career with the United Nations came into effect on 2 October.
Prior to joining the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), she was head of the Arab countries' bureau at the International Trade Center (ITC) in Geneva since 2013.
During her tenure, she managed to strengthen the strategic position of the organization in Arab countries by significantly expanding the portfolio of projects and deepening relations with local and regional institutions, development partners and the donor community.
Ms. Hashem Naas joined ITC in 1998, holding various positions namely at its Africa office, Asia-Pacific bureau and at the Sector Competitiveness Section.
She successfully administered the Dutch Trust Fund II (NTFII), one of the largest ITC programs with a total budget of $16 million.
The Tunisian also led the Local Development Program of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) where she was responsible for strategic development and the reinforcement of the capacity of local authorities in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
A graduate of the University of Maryland, Hachem holds an MBA in International Business Management and a Master's Degree in Management of the Information System.
She has also worked at the Center for Export Promotion (CEPEX) in Tunisia and Helwett-Packard (HP) in the United States.
The Economic Commission for Africa is one of five regional commissions of the Economic and Social Council of the UN (ECOSOC).
Its North Africa office is responsible for supporting the development policies of the seven countries in the region namely Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Tunisia and Sudan.
It helps those countries formulate and implement policies and programs meant to contribute to their economic and social transformation.