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Deputy Regional Director – Mark Hereward

Mark Hereward

Mr. Mark Hereward is the Deputy Regional Director for UNICEF Eastern and Southern Africa; he took up this responsibility in June 2014.

Prior to his current posting, Mr. Hereward served as Representative for UNICEF Azerbaijan from August 2009, leading the team to support development in that vibrant and dynamic country with particular emphasis on supporting the rights of children with disabilities, and bringing the voice of adolescents and young people to the fore in decisions that affect their lives.

From December 2007 to July 2009, Mr. Hereward served as Senior Adviser, UN Coherence in the Division of Governance and Multilateral Affairs, New York Headquarters. In this capacity, he provided strategic direction to the organization at global, regional and country levels on means to enhance development cooperation through improved coherence, efficiency and effectiveness of the UN system.

From June 2004 to December 2007, Mr. Hereward served as Deputy Director, a.i. and Senior Programme Officer in the Regional and Inter-Agency Affairs Section, and Senior Programme Officer, Inter-Agency Collaboration, Office of the Executive Director, New York Headquarters, where he worked on UN reform and coherence matters and developing the inter-agency UNICEF policy.

Mr. Hereward joined UNICEF in April 1995 as Project Officer, Statistics and Monitoring, in the Strategic Information Section, New York Headquarters where he worked until his move to UNICEF China in August 1998 to serve as Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer. There he was responsible for the planning, monitoring and evaluation of the UNICEF Country Programme and for leading the development of the first Common Country Assessment and UN Development Assistance Framework in China.

From November 2001 to June 2004, Mr. Hereward served as Regional Planning Officer in Bangkok, Thailand, where he led the strategic planning process for the East Asia and the Pacific region and oversaw support to the country programme processes.

Prior to joining UNICEF, Mr. Hereward worked as Field Based Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and as a Consultant for the Rockefeller Foundation, USA, from September 1991 to March 1995. He also served as Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in the Carolina Population Centre, USA where he conducted research on population issues in China.

Mr. Hereward is a national of the United Kingdom. He received his BA in Chinese and Economics from the School of Oriental and African studies at the University of London, UK in July 985, and in July 1986, he obtained a Master's degree in Medical Demography from the School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine also at the University of London, UK. He moved to the University of Pennsylvania in USA, where in 1987, he earned his Master's Degree in Demography and in 1990, his Ph.D. in Demography.

Mr. Hereward is married, has two children, and appreciates his family’s patience and interest in following his UNICEF career around the world.



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