Asia-Pacific Development & Communication Centre


Asia-Pacific Development & Communication Centre
Dhurakij Pundit University (DPU) Bangkok Thailand

Mr. Najib Assifi

C4D Specialist and Educator

Mr. Assifi has over 30 years of development experience working in Asia, Oceania and the Middle East with UNDP, UNFPA and the Australian Government.

He has worked in various capacities including serving as Deputy Regional Director of the UNFPA Asia Pacific Regional Office and Director of the UNFPA Sub-Regional Office for the Pacific.

Mr. Assifi also served as the UNFPA Country Director to Fiji, Myanmar and Thailand as well as Technical Advisor in the UNFPA Technical Services Teams in Kathmandu and Bangkok covering all the countries in Asia and some in the Middle East.

He took a break from the United Nations service between 1989 and 1995 to work for the Queensland Department of Health in Australia. His focus was on health promotion and delivery of technical assistance for capacity development.

Mr. Assifi holds an M.Ed degree in Educational Communications and Technology from the University of Hawaii, USA; a Certificate in Communication Studies from the East-West Center, Communication Institute, Honolulu, U.S.A. and a B.A. in Journalism from Kabul University, Afghanistan.


Recent international training and consultancies:

  • Team Leader, Mid-Review of the Fifth UNFPA assisted programme in Mongolia 2012-2016 (May-June 2014)
  • Adviser, Change Management, UNFPA Country Office in Manila, the Philippines (January – March 2014)
  • Formulating Advocacy Programme on unfinished ICPD issues and their inclusion in the Post 2015 Development Agenda, globally and nationally. (UNFPA Country Office, Jakarta, Indonesia: December 2013)
  • Capacity Development of UNFPA programme Implementing Partners on Behaviour Change Communication - UNFPA Lao PDR (November 2013)
  • Development of Behaviour Change Communication Strategy, UNFPA Sri Lanka (June - October 2013)
  • UNFPA Representative a.i. (United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA), Kathmandu, Nepal: November 2012 – March 2013)