Recently-appointed Director of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) Nihal Saad
The recruitment process began in February 2022 and was completed following an “extensive, rigorous, and highly competitive” process, the high representative stated.
“Ms. Saad brings a wealth of knowledge and a track-record of experience in the area of interreligious and intercultural dialogue and interfaith-related issues across the faith and cultural spectrum, conflict prevention and conflict resolution,” the under-secretary-general said.
“Her unwavering commitment to the principles and values that underpin the work the organisation makes her the perfect choice for this new leadership role,” Moratinos added.
Saad has high awareness and contributed much work on global counter-terrorism strategies, combatting racism and discrimination based on religion or belief including Islamophobia, antisemitism and Christianophobia, he pointed out.
In addition, her communications skills and experience is highly valued, he said, adding "I have full confidence in her ability to lead the organisation considering the broader responsibilities and mandate of her new position."
The new director possesses a remarkable institutional memory was a great asset during the successive transitions in this UNOAC, Moratinos confirmed.
Prior to her current position, Saad served as the spokesperson for the 66th president of the UN General Assembly as well the head of the Press & Information Bureau at the Permanent Mission of Egypt to the UN. She is also head of the Organising Committee of UNAOC Forums.
The new director boasts over 22 years of experience in journalism, including as senior political correspondent and host on Egyptian TV.
She holds a master’s degree in TV journalism from the American University in Cairo and a diploma in linguistics from Ain Shams University in Cairo.
She also has moderated several panel discussions in international and regional meetings and has appeared on several TV shows as a commentator on foreign affairs.