Sayed Aqa, born in Afghanistan, is an Engineer by education with a masters degree in Business Administration. He has been engaged in humanitarian and development work at senior levels for the past 28 years. He worked with a number of NGOs prior joining the United Nations.
Sayed currently the Vice President of the Islamic Development Bank responsible for Country Programming, Cooperation and Partnerships.
Sayed is the founder of two national organizations (NGOs) in Afghanistan. These are the Mine Clearance Planning Agency (MCPA) and the Afghan Campaign to Ban Landmines (ACBL).
Sayed Aqa played a leading role in the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL). He was a member of the Steering Committee of the ICBL. Sayed, together with other members of its Steering Committee, represented the ICBL in the award ceremony of the 1997 Nobel Peace prize to the organization.
Sayed has worked with heads of states and ministerial level officials in many countries around the world dealing with complex sustainable human development, conflict and post conflict developmental challenges. His extensive travel in these countries ranging from Cambodia to Mozambique and from Bosnia to Sudan equipped him with practical field, cultural and diplomatic skills.
Sayed has worked with the United Nations at senior level both at Headquarters and in the field. From New York, he was managing projects in 32 conflict and post conflict countries in all five continents. He was then appointed by the UN Secretary General as the UN Resident Coordinator and Representative in Bahrain, and head of UNDP in Sudan. Most recently he was the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to the UAE, also covering State of Qatar and Oman. He has managed UNDP programmes in the areas of good governance, poverty reduction, energy and environment, women empowerment and institutional capacity development including parliamentary development.
Sayed has served as Advisor to a number of international and inter-governmental organizations, including the European Union, Peace Research Institute of Oslo, and various United Nations Agencies in the field of humanitarian and development cooperation.