Ms. Marie-Pierre Poirier is the UNICEF Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of the Independent States since 1 February 2012. Based in Geneva, she leads UNICEF’s work in East and Southern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.
She brings to the position 25 years’ experience in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America in the development and management of rights-based country programmes of cooperation crafted and implemented with governments, civil society and the private sector.
Prior to this, Ms. Marie-Pierre Poirier assumed the representation of UNICEF in Brazil at the end of 2004. Her career with the UN began in October 1984 at UNICEF Headquarters in New York working in the programme division dealing with poverty and exclusion in urban areas. She then moved to Geneva in 1989 to head the Child Rights Section at the time of the final negotiations on the Convention on the Rights of the Child. From 1995, she served in Islamabad, Pakistan as Senior Programme coordinator. In 1998, she was appointed UNICEF Representative to Namibia and in December 2000, Representative to Mozambique.
Ms. Marie-Pierre Poirier holds a Master’s Degree from the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (Sorbonne Nouvelle). She also graduated in Economics from the University of Paris in 1981, after having studied a year in Harvard. She is the mother of Stefanie (20) and Luc (18).