New UNICEF Iran Representative presents credentials to Foreign Minister Mottaki
Tehran, 5 April 2009 – Today UNICEF’s new Representative in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mr Paul Hulshoff, handed over his credentials to his Excellency Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki. Mr Hulshoff, a citizen of the Netherlands, succeeds Christian Salazar-Volkmann from Germany in this position.
During the meeting, the two officials discussed areas of mutual cooperation and the two sides’ common interests in advancing the work for children and youth in the country. Mr Mottaki and Mr Hulshoff spoke about the relevance of UNICEF’s transformed engagement in the context of Iran’s position as a middle-income country and its strategic position in the region. They also discussed Iran’s new National Development Plan and underlined the importance of 2009 to strengthen mutual collaboration on children’s and youth issues.
Mr Hulshoff comes to the Islamic Republic of Iran from UNICEF headquarters in New York, where he served as the Chief of UNICEF’s recovery and risk reduction section, where he was responsible for UNICEF’s strategic contributions to countries emerging from man-made and natural disasters and the development of policies and programmes in support of the reduction of social disparities and child poverty. Prior to joining UNICEF, he held the position of Senior Economist for the United Nations Development Programme in Switzerland (2002 to 2004). He also worked as Financial Analyst for Greater China Consultancy in the United Kingdom (1999-2002) and headed the Economic Section of the International Management Group in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1997-99).
Mr Hulshoff is holder of an MSc in Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam and, apart from his mother tongue, Dutch, speaks fluent English, German and French. He is married and has a daughter.