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Jimmy Kolker was Chief of the HIV/AIDS Section at UNICEF’s New York headquarters from 2007 to 2011. He provided leadership and coordination of UNICEF's work on HIV and AIDS at global level.
Prior to joining UNICEF, Jimmy served as Deputy Global AIDS Coordinator in the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC), which leads implementation of the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). He served in numerous political reporting and management assignments during his 30-year diplomatic career with the U.S. Department of State.
Jimmy was U.S. Ambassador to Uganda (2002-2005) and to Burkina Faso (1999-2002). Prior to his service as Ambassador, he also served as Deputy Chief of Mission in Denmark (1996-1999) and Botswana (1990-1994). Other overseas posts were in Britain, Sweden, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. He won State Department awards for political reporting and for developing Foreign Service talent and mentoring subordinates.
Jimmy was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and holds a B.A. in Political Science from Carleton College (Minnesota) and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University. He speaks French, Swedish, and Portuguese. He is married to Britt-Marie Forslund. They have two daughters – Anne and Eva.
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