Ms Lilia Hachem

Chief Office for Arab States at the International Trade Centre in Geneva

A Tunisian national, Ms Lilia Hachem Naas has worked for the United Nations for more than 20
years. She is currently Chief Office for Arab States at the International Trade Centre in Geneva. In
her role, Ms Naas was able to strengthen the strategic position of ITC in the Arab region through
increasing portfolio of projects, and deepening collaboration with key institutions at national and
regional levels, including activating new partnerships with development partners and the donor
From Oct. 2017 to Dec 2019, Ms. Naas was Director of the sub-regional Office for North Africa
of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). During her tenure, Ms. Naas
strengthened the relationship and the visibility of the Office in the seven member states the Office
is servicing. In particular, the Office launched new programmes on macroeconomic policy,
supported the ratification and implementation of AfCFTA and conducted assessment of SDGs
implementation. She also led the development of the area of specialisation on “employment, skills
and sustainable development”.
Ms Hachem Naas has extensive experience in coordinating complex trade development
programmes to achieve sustainable and inclusive economic growth, focusing particularly on SMEs
competitiveness, regional integration, South-South cooperation, women empowerment and youth
employment. Prior to joining ITC, Ms Hachem Naas worked with Hewlett Packard Company in
the USA and the Tunisian Export Promotion Centre (CEPEX) in Tunisia.
Ms Hachem Naas holds an MBA in International Business Management and a Master of Science
in Management Information Systems from University of Maryland College Park in the USA.

11.00 AM - 12.00 PM Discussion

Monday 23rd Nov

Overview of the challenges and opportunities in Africa

The African region or the mother continent, known for its abundant natural resources and favorable conditions, creates a multitude of opportunities for all.

The session aims to introduce the different challenges Africa is facing but also how to switch these challenges into opportunities for youth