United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Khawla Mattar as Director of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Cairo, Egypt. She will assume her new duties on 1 February 2010.
Ms. Mattar, a national of Bahrain, has most recently held the position of Senior Specialist on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work with the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Beirut, promoting the basic international standards under the auspices of the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. Prior to this, from September 2005 to August 2006, she was the Editor-In-Chief for Al Waqt Daily. From February 1996 to August 2005, she was a Regional Information Officer for ILO in Beirut and from September 1993 to February 1995, she was the Regional Information Officer for the Arab Council for Childhood and Development in Cairo.
She has extensive experience as a journalist. In addition to the assignments cited above, from January 1990 to January 1993, she was a reporter/editor for the Middle East Broadcasting Center upon its first launching in London; from March 1987 to February 1989, the editor for Gulf Panorama Magazine; from May 1985 to February 1987, a reporter/photo editor with the Associated Press in Bahrain; from September 1983 to February 1985, a reporter/editor for the Akhbar Al Khaleej Daily; and from September 1981 to June 1983, a correspondent for the Al Khaleej Newspaper in Bahrain.
Ms. Mattar holds a PhD in the Sociology of the Media from Durham University in the United Kingdom.
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