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Mr. Kaveh Zahedi

Mr. Kaveh Zahedi

Development specialist with extensive leadership experience in the United Nations managing inter disciplinary teams and overseeing integrated projects, programmes and partnerships to support inclusive and environmentally sustainable development.

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Kaveh Zahedi is the Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP). He oversees ESCAP’s economic, social and environmental programmes, including on finance, trade, energy, natural disasters, statistics and the overall implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. He also supervises ESCAP's institutes providing technical assistance on ICT for Development (Incheon), agricultural mechanization (Beijing), statistics (Chiba) and technology transfer (Delhi). He represents ESCAP in UN coordination mechanisms, facilitates collaboration with UN Resident Coordinators and Country Teams and oversees implementation of the UN Development System reform.

Prior to this, Mr. Zahedi worked at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) including as its Regional Director and Representative for Asia and the Pacific and Deputy Director of the Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, overseeing work on green economy, resource efficiency and climate change. He also set up and headed the Climate and Clean Air Coalition. Over two decades Mr. Zahedi has worked for the United Nations in Kenya, Mexico, Europe and Thailand.

Before joining the United Nations, Mr. Zahedi worked at an NGO as project manager for micro credit and development projects in Latin America and the Middle East. He holds a Master’s degree from the Fletcher School, Tufts University, USA, and a BSc first class degree in Economics & Geography, from University College London.

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