Edem Bakhshish has 22 years of cross-practice advisory and leadership experience in various UN-supported sustainable development initiatives. Areas of professional focus include South-South and Triangular Cooperation, local economic development and microfinance, local governance and results-based budgeting, HIV/AIDS prevention, gender mainstreaming and knowledge management.
Professional Background: Prior to joining the UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub as the Chief, Division for Arab States, Europe and the CIS of the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), Edem worked with the UNDP Regional Center in Cairo as the Chief of Division for Arab States with the UNOSSC, and earlier – until June 2012 – Edem was in charge of the South-South Cooperation Advocacy initiative led by the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation, UNDP. Concurrently, Edem was the Trust Fund Manager for Perez Guerrero Trust Fund for South-South Cooperation (www.g77.org/pgtf). Before he joined the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation in 2007, Edem worked as ARR/Head of Governance and HIV Programmes with UNDP Russia. From 2003-2005 he was ARR with UNDP Kyrgyzstan where he also acted as the regional coordinator for the EU-funded Border Management Programme for Central Asia (BOMCA). Prior to this (2001-2002), he served as Senior Economic Policy Adviser with UNDP Ukraine, and before (1995-2001) as economic component Team leader with the UNDP Crimea Integration and Development Programme in Ukraine.