Baku Forum 2017
Mr. Abdel-Ghaffar is a senior official of UNWTO with over 30 years of experience in shaping tourism policies and strategies and managing development plans and projects, particularly in the Middle East, the region which he serves, as the Organization’s Director, since 1992. During the period 1994-2005, in which UNWTO experienced rapid growth in its membership and activities, he was responsible for coordinating the prepara- tion and implementation of six successive general programmes of work of the Organization and for introducing a new impact evaluation system. In 2008, he was appointed President of UNWTO’s Themis Foundation for Tourism Education and Training and entrusted with restructuring the Organization’s programme in this area. In 2012, he was designated by the Secretary-General as UNWTO’s Focal point for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and, in Jan- uary 2014, he was appointed by the Secretary-General as his Senior Advisor on Tourism and Peace.