Rima Khalaf Hunaidi


Rima Khalaf Hunaidi is Executive Secretary for United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). She is former Assistant Secretary-General of United Nations, and was also the Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States (RBAS).

Prior to joining the UN in 2000, Dr. Khalaf Hunaidi held a number of senior government posts in her native Jordan, including Minister of Industry and Trade (1993-1995), Minister of Planning (1995-1998), and Deputy Prime Minister (1999-2000). During her tenure as head of Jordan's ministerial economic team, she was successful in pushing forward the drive for economic reform, while simultaneously spearheading the effort for poverty alleviation and strengthening the social safety net.

Dr. Khalaf Hunaidi started her professional career in 1979 as lecturer, Business School, Department of Economics with the Portland State University in Oregon. In 1988, she was appointed Director of Planning and Research Department, Ministry of Planning in Amman. Between 1990 and 1993, she successively held the posts of Director-General, Jordan Export Development and Commercial Centers Corporation and Director-General for the Investment Promotion Department in Amman. From November 1997 through September 2000, she served as a Senator in the Upper House of the Jordanian Parliament. Simultaneously, she also served as a member of the Economic Consultative Council, a public-private sector initiative established and directly supervised by His Majesty King Abdullah to promote economic reform and modernization in Jordon.

In September 2000, she was appointed Assistant Secretary-General and Director, Regional Bureau for Arab States (RBAS), at the UNDP. Dr. Khalaf Hunaidi has a Bachelor's degree from the American University of Beirut (Economics), and a Master's from Portland State University (Economics) as well as a Ph.D. in System Science. She is a proud recipient of the Grand Codon of the Order of Al-Kawkab Al-Urduni (The Star of Jordan), bestowed upon her in 1995 by late King Hussein of Jordan.