Gulf Daily News - 16/4/2006
NEW United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) resident representative and UN resident co-ordinator, Sayed Aqa, arrived in Bahrain yesterday to assume his duties.
Mr Aqa, an Afghan national, is a renowned international aid and development worker.
He is an engineer by education with a Master's degree in Business Administration.
He has been engaged in humanitarian and development work for the last 19 years and has worked with a number of Non-Government Organisations (NGOs) before joining the UN, both in Afghanistan and the US.
Mr Aqa is the founder of two national organisations in Afghanistan, the Mine Clearance Planning Agency (MCPA) and the Afghan Campaign to Ban Landmines (ACBL).
These organisations, under his leadership, have gained great prominence at national and international levels.
MCPA is now operating with a more than 400 people in the field.
ACBL was the first grassroots campaign to operate in Afghanistan in a complex security and political environment.
Mr Aqa played a leading role in the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL).
He was a member of the Steering Committee of the ICBL and the chairman of its Working Group on Mine Action prior to joining the UN.
Mr Aqa, together with other members of its Steering Committee, represented the ICBL in the award ceremony of the 1997 Nobel Peace prize to the organisation.
He also played a leading role in the design and implementation of a number of innovative approaches such as impact assessments, strategic planning and the UN landmine Completion Initiative, which aims to clear a number of countries of mines in the next three to five years.
Before his assignment to Bahrain, Mr Aqa was the head of mine action for the UNDP in New York.
The UNDP mine action team provides support to 30 countries with a particular focus on developing national institutions and their capacities.
Mr Aqa has also travelled to a number of developing countries including Albania, Angola, Azerbaijan, Bosnia, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Sudan and Yemen.
He has also served as advisor to a number of international and inter-governmental organisations in the field of humanitarian aid and development co-operation.
He was born on September 1, 1964 and is married with six children.