Partnership Officer, Office of Partnership and Resource Mobilization
Since 2012, Zak has been IFAD’s representative at UN Headquarters in New York. In that capacity, he works to provide UN Member States with policy and technical advice as it relates to rural transformation in the context of realizing the objectives of the 2030 Agenda; provides strategic guidance and support to IFAD’s engagement within the UN; and, seeks to build on and expand IFAD’s partnerships with all stakeholders in relation to IFAD’s mission.
Prior to joining IFAD, Zak worked with the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) and has also worked with large international NGOs and Foundations working in the sustainable development sphere as well as in the legislature of the State of Michigan.
Zak holds an MSc in Organizational Change Management from the New School for Public Engagement and BAs in Political Theory and International Relations from Michigan State University. Zak is a member of the International Advisory Board for the 2018 Nexus Conference on Food, Water, Energy and Climate.