Houssam Chahin (UAE)

Head of Private Sector Partnerships – MENA, UNHCR

Houssam has more than 20 years of experience in partnership building, stakeholder management and public engagement and advocacy campaigns in both the not-for-profit and governmental sectors. Specialised in fundraising campaigns, Houssam launched and established new philanthropic programs, in international and regional institutions such as Greenpeace and UNHCR.  Since 2011, Houssam has been leading private sector partnerships for UNHCR in the MENA region. This includes overlooking the development of UNHCR’s Islamic Philanthropy strategy, largely realised through UNHCR’s global Zakat Initiative, and partnerships with Islamic financial institutions, in addition to family foundations in the region, Houssam is also leading the public outreach initiative in the MENA.


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