Knowledge and Research Specialist
China InUnited Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC)
Thematic Expertise Focus area: SDG 1, SDG 17

Shams Banihani is a Knowledge and Research Specialist on South-South Cooperation with the UNOSSC. In her current capacity she manages the South-South Galaxy and the South-South Global Thinkers initiative and conducts and supports research on conceptual and methodological areas of SSC and TrC. Prior to her current role, she was a Policy Analyst on South-South and Triangular Cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme. In that role, she provided policy and programme support on South-South and Triangular Cooperation and compiled and promoted knowledge consolidation and transfer of scalable development solutions. Previously, she worked with the Poverty Practice at UNDP in which she supported the global programme “Scaling Up Local Innovations for Transformational Change” which supports countries in scaling up ‘smart’ interventions and innovations that strengthen national ownership and national-local linkages.

Ms. Shams started her career as a banker, foreign exchange and bonds trader and later as an institutional financial specialist at the office of the CEO of the largest bank in the Middle East region. Shams holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Illinois-Springfield.