Ms. Zineb Touimi-Benjelloun is the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Kuwait since 1 November 2015.
Ms. Touimi-Benjelloun is a career United Nations diplomat. Prior to her arrival in Kuwait, she served as the United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative in Albania. Ms. Touimi-Benjelloun also served as United Nations Fund for Women, UNIFEM (now part of UN Women) Representative in Morocco and Regional Programme Director for North Africa. Prior to this assignment, Ms. Touimi-Benjelloun was Programme Coordinator for UNIFEM’s North Africa Office. She also served as UNIFEM Gender Advisor for Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia and before that, as National Programme Officer and Assistant Resident Representative for United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA). Ms. Touimi-Benjelloun started her career with UN INSTRAW in the Dominican Republic as Research and Training Officer.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Harvard University and a Master’s Degree in International Affairs with a specialization in economic and political development from Columbia University. Ms. Touimi-Benjelloun is married has two daughters.