100 Most Powerful Arabs Under 40
Sun 19 Apr 2015 05:23 AM
Ahmad Alhendawi

Ahmad Alhendawi

Industry: Culture and society

Designation: UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth

Country: Jordan

Age: 30

Just over two years ago, UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon appointed the global agency’s first ever envoy on youth. The man who took the role was Jordanian national Ahmad Alhendawi, the co-founder for Youth for Democracy Network at the Jordanian Commission for Democratic Culture. Internationally, he is a co-founder of the International Youth Council, based in New York. Despite his age, Alhendawi already has an impressive list of accomplishments; he has served as the youth policy adviser for the Arab League in Cairo, and as youth programme associate at the UN Population Fund in Iraq. Alhendawi has a Master’s Degree in Advanced European and International Relations from the Institut Europeen in Nice, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Systems from the Al Balqa Applied University in Jordan. Since taking on his role at the UN, he has focused on several issues, including climate change, and is also working on implementing the World Programme for Youth.