UNDP appoints Alessandro Fracassetti as Egypt’s resident representative

Doaa A.Moneim , Wednesday 10 Nov 2021

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has appointed Alessandro Fracassetti as the new resident representative of the programme in Egypt, the UNDP announced on Tuesday.


Fracassetti has been appointed by the UNDP’s Administrator, Achim Steiner, to lead the UNDP office and its programme and operational activities in Egypt.

UNDP Regional Director for Arab States Khalida Bouzar stated that Fracassetti’s appointment underscores the importance the UNDP places in the partnership with Egypt and its commitment to support the country’s development to achieve Egypt’s 2030 Vision Agenda for Sustainable Development, foster resilience, and strive to leave no one behind.

For his part, Fracassetti said that he is delighted to join the UNDP’s team in Egypt, adding that the UNDP will continue to support the country’s national development priorities in key areas, such as climate action and environmental protection, inclusive growth, sustainable development goals’ policy advice, strategic innovation, and digital transformation.

According to the UNDP, Fracassetti has over 25 years of management and development experience in international organisations and has a track record of strong partnerships with governments and development partners in transition and middle-income countries.

Prior to this role, Fracassetti served as the UNDP’s resident representative in Azerbaijan. 

His prior assignments in the UNDP include deputy resident representative in Azerbaijan from 2016 to 2018, deputy resident representative in North Macedonia from 2011 to 2016, deputy resident representative in Croatia from 2006 to 2011, and assistant resident representative in Belarus from 2004 to 2006.

Before the UNDP, Fracassetti served with the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1996 to 1998 as a senior election officer and from 1998 to 2000 as a senior political adviser. He was also an OSCE spokesperson and head of public affairs in Croatia from 2000 to 2004.

Fracassetti is a national of Italy and holds a master’s degree in politics and administration of the European Union from the College of Europe in Bruges, a BA in international relations from the University of Sussex and a certificate of political studies from Science Po Strasbourg.

In August, the Ministry of International Cooperation said that 18 global development partners, including the UNDP, have provided $1.4 billion in development funds to finance 32 projects in 95 locations across Egypt to boost its health sector, representing 5.6 percent of the current portfolio.

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