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In June 2010, Khaled Mansour joined UNICEF as its Director of Communications. As UNICEF’s senior communications official, he oversees the organization’s global public outreach and communications.
Prior to joining UNICEF, he was Director of Communication and Public Information for the United Nations Mission in Sudan, leading the large team responsible for media relations, management of the UN radio station, multimedia products and community outreach activities in the aftermath of Sudan’s civil conflict.
Mr. Mansour’s career in communications spans some 20 years. From 1990 he worked as a reporter with Reuters and the Middle East News Agency, first in his home country, Egypt, and later in in South Africa where he covered the first all-race elections, and in the United States, where he reported extensively on US politics and foreign policy.
He joined the UN World Food Programme in 1999, and subsequently led WFP communications teams in conflict zones including Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003. In 2006, he was seconded to the United Nations to be its spokesman in Lebanon during the Israel-Hizbollah war.
He has also served as the WFP Public Affairs Officer for North America, based at UN Headquarters in New York for two years, and headed WFP’s regional communications unit covering 14 countries in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Caucasus.
Mr. Mansour holds academic degrees from Witwatersrand University in South Africa, and from Cairo and Mansoura Universities in Egypt. He has published many analytical articles and policy papers on natural disasters, on the politics of international aid and on philanthropy. He is also the author of a work of fiction and a book of memoirs from Afghanistan that was published in late 2010.
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