Omar Siddique, Sr Urban Specialist
Omar Siddique joined the Cities Alliance Secretariat in Brussels as a Senior Urban Specialist in January 2014. Previously, Omar worked at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as Programme Specialist in their Inclusive Growth and Poverty Reduction Teams based in Sri Lanka, Thailand and New York.
As part of UNDP’s Asia-Pacific Regional Centre in Bangkok, Omar designed and managed the organisation’s first regional urban programme which included urban poverty reduction projects in China, Iran, Mongolia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, the Philippines and Indonesia. He also led research on resilient cities for UNDP’s 2012 Asia Pacific Human Development Report on Climate Change. He holds degrees in Political Science and Geography from New York University and Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
As per the agreement between Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Cities Alliance, Omar serves as the front contact for the range of functions associated with the management and oversight of a portfolio that includes 18 high-risk, experimental, and learning projects across a range of urban development issues.