Dr. Thoraya Obaid
Saudi Arabia
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Dr. Thoraya Obaid

W20 Chairperson

Thoraya Ahmed Obaid was the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund and an Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations from 2000 to 2010. Obaid is from Saudi Arabia. The United Nations Population Fund is the world’s largest multilateral source of population assistance. Ms. Obaid was appointed to her position effective 1 January 2001, with the rank of Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations. She is the first Saudi Arabian to head a United Nations agency. Ms. Obaid also served as Chair of the High-level Committee on Management of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB). The Committee is the principal United Nations inter-agency body for coordinating administrative and management matters.