Elhadj Amadou Gueye Sy, called As Sy, joined UNICEF as Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa in July 2009, after having served in a number of key positions at UN and other international organizations.
From 1988 to 1997, As Sy, a national of Senegal, was Director of Health and Development Programmes with ENDA Tiers Monde (Environment and Development Action in the Third World) in Dakar.
As Sy held several senior positions in UNAIDS, including Director of the Liaison Office in New York, where he coordinated the UN General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS, Head of the Inter-Country Team for Eastern and Southern Africa, Director of Partnerships and External Relations and Deputy Executive Director a.i.
He also served as Director of Operational Partnerships and Country Support at the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Geneva as well as the Global Fund’s first Regional Director for Africa.
From 2005 to 2007, he was Director of HIV/AIDS Practice with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York.
As Sy holds degrees in human and social sciences from Universities in Senegal and Austria, and graduated from the Vienna Diplomatic Academy.