Women in Tech® 100 Top Speakers 2023

Alia El-Yassir

Alia El-Yassir

Regional Director for APAC - UN Women

Fields of Expertise:

  • Women’s Empowerment
  • Gender Equality

Country of residence: Turkey

Through recent years I have built up a lot of field-based work experience with the United Nations and I have a proven track record of forging strong and strategic partnerships for gender equality and women’s empowerment. My work has largely entailed balancing robust programming with supportive operational capacities, in addition to ensuring that global priorities and international standards are aligned with local context and priorities. Through my work, I have managed complicated programme portfolios, diverse work teams, complex operational set-ups and large financial resources.

Before working with the UN, I was a Biology teacher and worked on teacher/curriculum development. Co-authoring a children’s science book and co-writing a children’s play have been among my favourite achievements to date!

l have just moved to Bangkok, where I am working as Regional Director for UN Women covering Asia-Pacific. I am enjoying getting to know this large and diverse region, working with a superb leadership team to serve all women and girls.

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