United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed, on 11 January, Elena Panova of Bulgaria as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Egypt with the host government’s approval.
Panova has over 22 years of development and management experience, including all aspects of programme management, cross-areas collaboration, and resource mobilisation, with specific experience in government and private sector financing.
She holds a master’s degree in international law and foreign trade from the University for National and World Economy in her country as well as a master’s degree in microelectronics from the Technical Chemical University, also in Bulgaria.
At the United Nations, she most recently served as Resident Coordinator in Turkmenistan after holding several leadership positions at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
She was also a senior programme coordinator overseeing the coordination of all regional UNDP and inter-agency programmes at the UNDP Regional Hub in Istanbul.
At the UNDP, she also served as deputy country director of UNDP Ukraine, supported the establishment of a private sector global compact network, managed a flagship employment creation and micro-financing project at the UNDP in Bulgaria, and worked as a private sector engagement specialist at UNDP Headquarters in New York.
Prior to joining the United Nations in 1999, Panova was an executive director of a local non-governmental organisation, delivering business support services to micro and small businesses, as well as women entrepreneurs in Bulgaria.