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Daniel Toole is currently the UNICEF Regional Director for East Asia and the Pacific. Based in Bangkok, he is responsible for oversight, ensuring overall policy and programme coherence and regional as well as global advocacy for UNICEF’s fourteen offices covering the twenty-eight countries of the East Asia and the Pacific region.
Prior to his current assignment in Bangkok, he served four years as UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia in Kathmandu, covering Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. From September-December 2010, he served simultaneously as UNICEF Special Representative for the Pakistan Floods, based in Pakistan.
Prior to this assignment he served four years as Director of Emergency Programmes for UNICEF, in New York, where he was responsible for ensuring UNICEF’s global response to both natural and man-made emergencies and disasters. He ensured the overall coordination of emergency action with other United Nations and NGO partners and the safety and security of UNICEF staff globally.
Mr. Toole is a member of the UNICEF Global Management Team and was the Chair of the UN Framework Team for Early Warning and Preventive Action from 2004-2006. During 2007 he also served for four months as Deputy Executive Director a.i. of UNICEF. In this role he was responsible for the overall coordination and oversight of seven Divisions of the organization covering Emergency Programmes, Programme Funding, Private Sector and Public Partnerships, Evaluation, Communications and relations with the UNICEF Executive Board.
He continues active involvement in humanitarian issues and was an Advisory Group Member for the recent OCHA report “To Stay and Deliver: Good Practice for Humanitarians in Complex Security Environments.” He also serves as a Board Member of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP).
Prior to assignment as Director of Emergency Programmes at UNICEF, Mr. Toole was the Chief Operating Officer and part of the start-up team of Acumen Fund, a non-profit, global venture fund. He was responsible for creating and managing the business and investment processes and for overseeing investment due diligence and implementation. He continues to serve on the Acumen Fund Advisory Council.
Previously, he served 15 years in various positions at UNICEF: as Chief of Staff for Carol Bellamy, the Executive Director of UNICEF; as UNICEF’s Country Representative in Rwanda where he was responsible for directing and implementing the country’s emergency relief program post-genocide. He also served as UNICEF Country Representative in Mali and Deputy Representative in Tanzania. Prior to these management positions, he advised numerous countries on issues of household food security and nutrition.
Prior to UNICEF, he served with USAID in Burundi and with the Peace Corps in Central African Republic. Mr. Toole was a Visiting Fellow at the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research, Harvard University. He holds an MA from The Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, The Netherlands and a BA from the University of Arizona. Languages include French and Spanish.
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