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UNICEF Serbia ambassador Novak Djokovic visiting a kindergarten in Lesnica, Serbia - UNICEF Serbia / Zoran Jovanovic Maccak


What qualifies a singer, an actor or an athlete to represent UNICEF? Can celebrities really make a difference to the lives of children?

UNICEF celebrity supporters in CEE/CIS have a wide range of talents and achievements, but they all share a commitment to improving the lives of children. In each case, celebrities are asked to team up with UNICEF because they have already demonstrated that commitment.

The benefits to UNICEF are clear. Celebrities attract attention, so they can focus that attention on the needs of children in their own countries and beyond. They have access to those with the power to take decisions. They can use their talents and fame to fundraise and advocate for children. 

Across our region, they support UNICEF’s work to ensure every child’s right to health, education, equality and protection. Click here to see the international goodwill ambassadors and see below for national ambassadors. 

UNICEF is also widening this group of people to include other supporters: influencers, public figures and business people. They may not be sports or entertainment stars who command huge media attention but they are the men and women who are well known in their countries or region and lend their name, time, and support to tirelessly advocate for child rights with UNICEF. 

We are also including youth ambassadors who have a unique story or achievement that could serve as a good example for others in changing the world for children for the better.

 International



Maria Guleghina
Opera singer
since 12 February 2009

Portrait




Maxim Vengerov
Classical musician
since 15 July 1997

Portrait

National




Armenia
Gagik Martirosyan
Businessman
since June 2013

 

Armenia
Alla Levonyan
Singer
since 18 April 2007 




Azerbaijan
Teymur Rajabov
Chess champion
since 
May 2006

 

Belarus
Maxim Mirnyi
Tennis Player
since November 2011




Bosnia and Herzegovina
Edin Dzeko
Football player
since November 2009 

Bulgaria
Dimitar Berbatov
Manchester United Football player
since May 2006




Croatia
Slaven Bilic
Football Coach & former Croatian National Team Captain
since 28 February 2009

 

Croatia
Maja Vucic
Jazz Singer
since 7 November 2006


 

Croatia
Bojana Gregoric
Actress/Television Show Host
since 26 August 2004

 

Croatia
Zlatan Stipisic Gibonni
Songwriter/Pop Singer
since 9 July 2003


 

Croatia
Bernard Lama
Former Soccer Champion
since 2004




Georgia
Paata Burchuladze
Opera Singer
since December 2010 

Kazakhstan
Batyrkhan Shukenov
Singer
since November 2009

 

Montenegro
Antonije Pusic (Rambo Amadeus)
Musician
since 11 October 2006




Romania
Gheorghe Hagi
Former Football player/Coach for Galatasaray Istanbul
since September 2008

Message from Gheorghe Hagi

 


 
Romania
Andreea Marin
TV presenter, producer, actress
since December 2006

Message from Andreea Marin 
 


 
Romania
Andrei Tiberiu Maria, known by his stage name Smiley
Pop artists
Since 12 November 2013




Serbia
Novak Djokovic
World Tennis Champion
since 29 August 2011

 

Serbia
Jelena Jankovic
Tennis player
since 6 December 2007 




Serbia
Ana Ivanovic
Tennis player
since 14 September 2007




Serbia
Aleksandar Djordjevic
Basketball player
since 28 January 2005




Serbia
Emir Kusturica

Film director
since 1 February 2002

 

Turkey
Yildiz Kenter
Actress
since 2007



Turkey
Tuba Büyüküstün
Actress
since May 2014

 

Turkey
Gülsin Onay
Pianist

 

Turkey
Ayşe Kulin
Novelist
since 2007


 

Turkey
Müjdat Gezen
Actor and Author
since 2007  


 

Turkey
Tayfun Talipoğlu
Journalist, Author & TV programmer
since 2006



Turkey
İbrahim Kutluay
Retired basketball player
since 2008 


 

Turkey
Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ
Actor
since 2011



Turkey
Türkan Şoray
Actress
since 2009

Alumni

 


Russian Federation
Anatoly Karpov
Chess champion
from 2000 to 2011

 


Russian Federation

Oxana Fedorova
(Television Presenter, former Miss Universe)
from 2007 to 2011

 


Russian Federation

Oleg Gazmanov
Singer, composer
from 2007 to 2011 

 

 

 

 

 

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