Steven Allen is the acting Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa.
Prior to the his current assignment, Mr. Allen served as the Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States from 2009 to 2013, and Director of Human Resources in UNICEF New York Headquarters from 2004 to 2009.
Mr. Allen joined UNICEF in 1977 as an Assistant Programme and Supply Officer in Khartoum, Sudan. In May 1981, he was transferred on special assignment to Juba, Southern Sudan as Programme Officer. In 1982 he transferred in the same capacity to Yangon, Myanmar. In 1985, Mr. Allen was assigned to Hanoi, Vietnam, as Senior Programme Officer in charge of UNICEF's health programmes. From 1989 to 1992, he was Senior Programme and Planning Officer and Deputy Representative in Pakistan.
From 1993 to 1994, he served as UNICEF Emergency Coordinator and UN Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator in Northern Iraq, and was appointed as UNICEF Representative for the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1994, a role he served until 1996. From 1996 to 1998, he was UNICEF Representative for Rwanda.
From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Allen was UNICEF Special Representative for the Balkans, based in Sarajevo and Belgrade, where he led and managed UNICEF’s advocacy and programme operations in countries of former Yugoslavia, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and FYR Macedonia, as well as Albania exceptionally during 1999 Kosovo crisis. Concurrently with this assignment Mr. Allen served as UN Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Coordinator a.i. in Belgrade from August 1999 to March 2002.
From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Allen was UNICEF Representative for Indonesia. In this capacity he was responsible for the broad range of UNICEF programmes to improve the status of children and women in Indonesia.
Prior to joining UNICEF, in 1974 Mr. Allen volunteered for OXFAM’s famine relief programme in Tigre Province, Ethiopia. In 1975 he joined the United Nations as a UN Volunteer with UNDP in Juba, Sudan, and then as Logistics Controller with the WFP in Juba from until 1977.
Mr. Allen is a national of the United Kingdom. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Politics from the London School of Economics, and a Master's Degree in Medical Demography from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.