Ahmad Alhendawi

Secretary General, World Organization of the Scout Movement

Ahmad Alhendawi currently serves as the secretary general of the World Scout Bureau.Ahmad was the first-ever United Nations Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth since February 2013. In this role, he worked to address the development needs and rights of young people and to bring their voices to the United Nations System. Mr. Alhendawi worked with different UN Agencies, governments, civil society, academia and media stakeholders towards enhancing, empowering and strengthening the position of young people within and outside of the United Nations System. He is a youth advocate at the national, regional and international levels, having co-founded the Youth for Democracy Network at the Jordanian Commission for Democratic Culture and the International Youth Council, based in New York. Mr. Alhendawi was previously a team leader for the World Bank funded program to the League of Arab States on institutional development to strengthen Arab policy and participation. Prior to this, he served as the youth policy advisor in the League of Arab States in Cairo and as an officer in the Technical Secretariat of the Arab Youth and Sports Ministers Council. Past experience also includes serving as a team leader for the National Youth Policy Project in Iraq, a youth programme associate at the Iraq office of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and as an emergency programme officer at the non-governmental organization Save the Children. As a regional consultant, Mr. Alhendawi has also supported the Danish Youth Council's projects in the Middle East and North Africa. Mr. Alhendawi holds a B.A. in computer information systems from the Al-Balga Applied University in Jordan, and an M.A. in advanced European and international relations from Institut Européen in Nice, France.

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