OECD Forum on Gender Equality


Dr. Ramiz Alakbarov

United Nations

Assistant Secretary General, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Ethiopia


Dr. Ramiz Alakbarov is UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Ethiopia. Prior to his current assignment, Dr. Ramiz Alakbarov served as Deputy Special Representative of UN’s Secretary General for Afghanistan with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) where he also served as the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator. Dr. Alakbarov has 28 years of experience in executive leadership, strategic planning and policy making, development programming and management, and humanitarian response, including as the Director of the Policy and Strategy Division in New York and the Country Representative in Haiti for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). From February to July 2020, he was Deputy Executive Director for Management and Assistant Secretary-General, ad interim, for UNFPA. Since August 2020 he was the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Afghanistan, ad interim, prior to assumption of Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan/UNAMA in December of 2020. Dr. Alakbarov has also served as UNFPA Deputy Regional Director of the Regional Office for Arab States (2014–2015) and Head of the Office in South Sudan (2010). Prior to these positions, he served in various roles within UNFPA supporting country programmes in the Arab States, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia, including as Programme Officer covering Sudan, Somalia, and Iraq and as Humanitarian Response Officer for Operations, in Afghanistan, Palestine and the Great Lakes Region. From 1992 to 1995 he was an Assistant Professor at Azerbaijan Medical University and a practicing physician. Dr. Alakbarov is a national of Azerbaijan. He carries MD. and Ph.D. degrees in internal medicine from Azerbaijan Medical University and M.A. in international Relations from Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Boston, M.A. He is fluent in Azeri, English, French and Russian. Dr. Alakbarov has published over 30 works on medicine, public health, and humanitarian response