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Ahmad Alhendawi

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Kuala Lumpur: The World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM) has chosen Ahmad Alhendawi as its next Secretary General, the youngest in the history of the organisation.

A passionate advocate for young people, Alhendawi has served in various capacities in regional and international organisations, rising through the ranks to the position of United Nations Envoy on Youth in 2013. Alhendawi believes in giving a voice to young people and recognises the importance of youth empowerment and involvement in global and local issues.

Alhendawi, born in Jordan in 1984, holds a Master’s degree in Advanced European and International Relations, a diploma as “Policy Officer in European and International Organizations” from the Institut Européen in Nice, and a Bachelor’s degree in computer information systems from the Al-Balqa Applied University in Jordan. Perhaps most importantly, he was once a Scout himself.

Mr Alhendawi is a familiar face at international Scouting events. He visited the 23rd World Scout Jamboree in Japan last year and most recently the Roverway in France.

As the Secretary General of WOSM, Alhendawi will be entrusted with the mandate of promoting and safeguarding the interests of the Scout Movement. As its Chief Executive Officer, he will also direct its Secretariat, the World Scout Bureau. Founded in 1907, WOSM is a confederation of 164 National Scout Organizations in a network of over 40 million members, including some seven million volunteers.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 December 2016 on page no. 12

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