Mr. Wael Al-Ashhab, a Jordanian/Canadian National, holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering with more than 35 years of experience on policy development and programme management including 15 years in the private sector, in different capacities, inter alia including; project/programme management pertaining to urban and regional planning, and design and implementation of a wide range of infrastructure projects with distinguished international consulting engineering companies in a number of countries in the Arab region and Africa. He has been working for the United Nations as an International Professional for the last 23 years. He worked for UNICEF Iraq between the years 1999 and 2007 in the planning, design and implementation of basic services and community infrastructure. Mr. Al-Ashhab joined UN-Habitat Iraq Programme in March 2007 as the Manager of Infrastructure and Basic Services Pillar until May 2011 when he was assigned as the Head of Country Programme for Sudan until June 2018, then he was assigned as the Head of Country Programme for Yemen and was reassigned as the Head of Country Programme in Iraq in January 2020 and continued to hold the position as Acting Head of Yemen Programme. He acquired extensive experience on leading country programmes in these countries, inter alia, includes policy and strategy formulation on urbanization and housing, and planning, design and implementation of community-based intervention linking humanitarian, peace building and recovery/development interventions.