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Shabbir Cheema

Director, Asia-Pacific Governance and Democracy Initiative, East-West Center, USA

Shabbir Cheema is Director, Asia-Pacific Governance and Democracy Initiative (AGDI), East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii. Dr. Cheema's current work focuses on governance and democracy in Asia and the Pacific-including civil-society engagement, urban management and access to services, electoral and parliamentary processes, transparency and anti-corruption strategies, and civil-service reform. Before joining the Center, Dr. Cheema was Program Director, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations (2001-2007), Director of the Governance Division of the United Nations Development Programme (1995-2001), and Manager of the Urban Development Unit (1990-1995). As a senior UN official, he provided leadership in crafting country-level democratic governance and public-administration programs and designing regional and global research and training programs in partnership with national institutions. Dr. Cheema has been a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard University's Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation. He was the convener of the Ash Institute's Study Group of Eminent Scholars on Decentralizing Governance. He is a member of the UN-ESCAP Committee of Experts on HABITAT III.