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Gérard Bocquenet - Director of Private Fundraising and Partnerships, Geneva

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Gérard Bocquenet

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Based in Geneva, Switzerland, the UNICEF Division of Private Fundraising and Partnerships (PFP) maximises private income to UNICEF through fundraising and sales of cards and gifts, and manages the strategic relationship with 36 UNICEF National Committees in industrialised countries. PFP also implements global strategies in child rights advocacy, communication and brand positioning in National Committee countries through a range of partnerships, including with the media, corporations, civil society and young people.

Gérard Bocquenet took up his position as Director, Private Fundraising and Partnerships, on 1 May 2014, having previously worked for the French Committee for UNICEF as Executive Director since January 2008, serving on the Standing Group of National Committees since 2010 and a Vice-Chair for the past two years.

Prior to working in the non-profit sector, Mr. Bocquenet built his career in various French and US companies in fast moving consumer goods sectors. From 1998 to 2007 he held the posts of Executive Director for France and Benelux at the Thomson group and subsequently European Vice-President for consumer products.

In 1994, Mr. Bocquenet joined Polaroid as Executive Director for France, before which he worked successively as Marketing Director of RCL (Lustucru), European Division Director at Nutrasweet, and General Manager at Corn Products Corporation (managing brands such as Maïzena and Alsa). Mr. Bocquenet started his career with the BSN (Danone) group where he held sales and marketing positions at Segma-Liebig Maille from 1976 to 1984.

Mr. Bocquenet contributed to the creation in 1994 of the NGO ‘Quelque chose en plus’ (Something more), which establishes and manages specialized schools for poly-handicapped children and teenagers, and where he has been the treasurer for the past 10 years.

Mr. Bocquenet is a national of France.

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