Dr. Muhtar previously served as Executive Director on the Board of the World Bank Group (2011-2014) as well as Co-Chair of the UN Inter-Governmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Finance (2013-2014). He has served as Minister of Finance for the Federal Republic of Nigeria and as Chairman of the National Economic Management team (2008-2010), as Executive Director, African Development Bank (2007-2008) and as Director-General of Nigeria’s Debt Management Office (2003-2007). Dr. Muhtar holds a doctorate degree in Economics from the University of Sussex in the UK and a Master’s degree in the Economics and Politics of Development from the University of Cambridge. He is also an alumnus of Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria, and King’s College, Lagos. Dr. Muhtar is a recipient of the Nigeria National Honors Award – Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR) – for his contribution to national development.
Rashid Khalikov joined the Russian Foreign Service in 1976. He worked in New Delhi, Moscow and New York handling humanitarian, political, economic and environmental issues. Mr. Khalikov joined the United Nations in 1993. He has worked as a Senior Humanitarian Affairs Officer, Chief of the Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Inter-Agency Standing Committee/Executive Committee on Humanitarian Affairs secretariat, and Deputy Director of OCHA Geneva. In 2005, he became the Head of the OCHA Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, and the Area Humanitarian Coordinator in the aftermath of the South Asia earthquake. From September 2006 to April 2010, as the Director of OCHA New York, Mr. Khalikov oversaw OCHA’s work on policy development, information management, external relations, the Central Emergency Response Fund and other humanitarian financing issues. In 2009 and 2010, at the request of the Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mr. Khalikov led missions to Pakistan, Yemen, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and Kyrgyzstan to evaluate in-country humanitarian conditions, and to develop recommendations on the UN’s humanitarian role in these crises. In March 2010, the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, appointed Mr. Khalikov as the Director of OCHA Geneva. In March and April 2011, Mr. Khalikov was the Humanitarian Coordinator for Libya, as designated by the ERC. In August 2011, he led a UN humanitarian mission to Syria. Mr. Khalikov is a graduate of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations and holds a Master’s degree in International Law and International Relations.
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