Advisor for UN Strategic Partnerships and Coordinator of the SDG Philanthropy Platform
Mr. Arif Neky is based in the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office as the Advisor for UN Strategic Partnerships and Coordinator of the SDG Philanthropy Platform in Kenya – the first of five countries where this innovative Platform on UN-Philanthropic Foundation partnerships has been established since November 2014.
Arif’s extensive experience spans across social development and private enterprise across three continents. His leadership in social development, enterprise and financial services includes forging partnerships across philanthropic and non-profit organizations with governments, bilateral/multilateral donors and the private sector.
As the former Regional CEO of the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) East Africa for over 13 years, Arif was directly responsible for a wide portfolio of programs in education, health, rural development and civil society enhancement with a team of over 250 staff to successfully impact development outcomes with many of the poorest communities in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. He was also involved in expanding Health programming to vulnerable communities in Tanzania, supporting establishment of a nursing program and the creation of a revolving scholarship fund for training of nurses and medical support staff.
Arif also nurtured non-profit networks and philanthropic institutions at AKF. He helped in the establishment of the Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF), was the Founding Co-Chairman of the East African Association of Grantmakers (EAAG), and recently – as its Founding Vice Chairman – helped in creating Viwango, a new flagship Kenyan organization to promote voluntary certification of CSOs in Kenya. He has engaged actively in Education and Health Sector planning and was the first Chairman of the CIDA Kenya Partners Forum.
Arif was previously the Regional Representative Eastern Africa for the French & International Bank – Société Générale where his achievements included consortium financing of selected development and infrastructure projects up to 250m French Francs per annum.