Marwan Owaygen

Regional Climate Change Policy Adviser

UNDP Regional Centre in Cairo


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Marwan Owaygen joined UNDP’s Regional Centre in Cairo on 1 February 2011 as Regional Climate Change Policy Adviser.

Before joining UNDP, he was Senior Programme Officer since 2005 with Canada International Development Research Centre (IDRC), based in the Regional Office in Cairo for the Middle East and North Africa. During his five years at IDRC, Mr. Owaygen worked with four global programmes: Rural Poverty and Environment, Urban Poverty and Environment, Climate Change and Water, and Environmental Economics. His portfolio consisted of 11 global, regional and national projects. The global projects addressed value chain analysis and the integration of rural poor into markets (India, Mali, Nepal, Philippines, Senegal, Tanzania, and Vietnam); the economic dimension of urban agriculture in the context of urban poverty reduction strategies; strengthening the economic dimension of several national projects in Africa and Asia to enhance their policy influence, and the economics of climate change adaptation.

The regional projects related to forest governance in the Atlas mountain chain (Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia) and to generating knowledge in environmental economics in the Middle East and North Africa. National projects focused on community-based rangeland management (Algeria and Morocco), the use of treated greywater in urban agriculture (Tunisia), gendered migration and agriculture (Syria), and water and sanitation (Lebanon).

From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Owaygen worked as an expert in Environmental Economics for the World Bank and contributed to country studies on cost assessment of environmental degradation in Iran, Jordan and Lebanon. Over the same period, he was also Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics, Faculty of Business and Management at the University of Balamand in Lebanon.

Mr. Owaygen holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Hohenheim in Germany. He was a Fulbright scholar at Penn State University in the United States.

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