Mageed Yahia, Director to the UAE Office and Representative to the GCC, World Food Programme


Abdel Mageed Yahia is the WFP Director in the UAE and Representative to GCC. He has over 30 years of experience in the humanitarian field in both emergency and development settings. Mageed started his career with WFP in Rwanda in 1997 and has since served in various fields and headquarter offices in Malawi, Burundi, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon, Ivory coast, Liberia, Chad, Niger, Sudan and Italy. As WFP Representative in Jordan, Abdel Mageed pioneered the introduction and implementation of innovative technology-based solutions including blockchain, a biometric identification platform (IRIS scan) for redeeming humanitarian relief, and the introduction of hydroponic containers for the production of animal-feed for impoverished Jordanians. Mageed’s career with the United Nations began in Sudan under Operation Lifeline Sudan (OLS); the first mission under the UN jurisdiction to provide humanitarian relief in South Sudan. Mageed, a national of Sudan, holds a law degree from Morocco.


February 2021

This case study interview with Mageed Yahia highlights the World Food Programme's organisational focus areas in the GCC, as well as the challenges faced in fulfilling its mandate in light of the global pandemic. In this video, Mageed highlights how COVID-19 has impacted developmental work on the ground, as well as the operational adaption mechanisms WFP embedded in the short and long-term.