Saving Syria's Civilians: Urgent Priorities and Policies
Panel I: Mapping the Crisis
Amin Awad, UNHCR
Abdallah Al-Dardari, UN-ESCWA, Beirut
Uma Kandalayeva, International Relief and Development
Jomana Qaddour, Syria Relief and Development, Inc.
Amin Awad's distinguished service with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees spans more than 25 years, serving in countries at the peak of crises. He worked for four years as UNHCR representative in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1999-2003) while simultaneously acting as the United Nations humanitarian coordinator and designated official for security during the Macedonian crisis. In 2003, Mr. Awad went on to become the coordinator of Iraq operations for the Bureau for Central Asia, South-West Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East. From 2005 to 2009 he served as representative in Sri Lanka, followed by assuming directorship of the Division of Emergency, Security, and Supply. Since July, Mr. Awad has served as the director of the Middle East and North Africa Bureau at UNHCR headquarters.
Abdallah al-Dardari was appointed the chief economist of UN-ESCWA in 2012, a position he holds in addition to his title as director of the Economic Development and Globalization Division (EDGD) since 2011. He has a wealth of expertise on poverty reduction strategies, governance, and macroeconomics. From 2005-2011 Mr. al-Dardari served as deputy prime minister for economic affairs and minister of planning in the Syrian Arab Republic. He also held the offices of chairman of the State Planning Commission and UNDP's assistant resident representative in Syria.