Head of UNHCR’s Private Sector Partnerships, MENA. 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. Specialized 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 realized through UNHCR’s global Zakat Initiative, and partnerships with Islamic finan-cial institutions, in addition to family foundations in the region.