2013 Summer Seminar, July 15-18, Krakow, Poland


Mohammad Pournik has been managing advisory services in economic and social policy, human development and MDGs, as the Poverty Practice Leader at the UNDP Regional Centre for Arab States in Cairo since August 2009. He has expertise in political economy of development, community driven development, heterodox macroeconomics and micro finance.

He has mostly worked on political economy of sustainable development and poverty reduction. He joined UNDP Iran in 1984 and has since worked in Laos, New York, Nepal, Sudan and Yemen. As the regional coordinator for the South Asia Poverty Alleviation Programme, he lead a multi-country intervention to promote economic inclusion of marginalized rural communities through social mobilization at the local level. In Sudan he served as Senior Economist and was associated with the joint assessment of post conflict needs assessment for the reconstruction of Sudan, both South and North.  In Yemen he was the Principal Economic and Governance Advisor focussing on the links between governance systems and developmental outcomes and member of a development partners group that supported the national reform agenda.  Prior to joining the UN he served briefly with the Iranian Plan and Budget Organization after several years of private sector experience. Mohammad Pournik received his academic training as an economist at the American University in Washington, D.C., the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) of London and the University of Sussex, respectively at doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s levels.



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