Riad is the Senior Principal Advisor for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in UNDP. He led the development of the corporate UNDP SIDS offer: Rising Up for SIDS. Riad has over twenty years of experience in sustainable development and economics, focusing on technical cooperation and policy advisory support to governments in Africa, Arab States, and Asia and Pacific regions. Prior to joining UNDP, Riad was an Economist at the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), working on international trade and foreign direct investment, and at the International Labour Organization (ILO) on the impact of technology and job generation in developing countries. He has worked with the private sector and lectured at the University of Paris V.
During his time at UNDP in Comoros, Riad provided direct support to the President’s Cabinet and its delegation to participate in the process that resulted in the SAMOA Pathway Outcome Document in September 2014.
Over the past two years at UNDP, Riad has worked closely with the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), providing advisory support to the Chair, Ambassador of Maldives and Belize, on critical issues related to the implementation of SDGs and SAMOA Pathway in SIDS. In this capacity, he represents UNDP at the interagency meetings and processes on SIDS managed by the UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLSS).
Having worked in Comoros for seven years, Riad has closely seen the challenges and opportunities faced by SIDS. He has wholeheartedly represented SIDS interests and expanded UNDP’s partnerships to better support a sustainable future for SIDS during the recent preparatory processes for the Mid-term Review of the SAMOA Pathway. He has been instrumental in gaining the support of critical partners – such as the EU, Norway, Italy, Canada, New Zeland, and Australia – to elevate the SIDS agenda.
Riad has a Msc in International Economics and Finance and a Diploma of Advance Studies in Development Economics and International Economics from the University of Paris I: Panthéon-Sorbonne and is fluent English,