Ms. Maria Jesus Conde Zabala
UNICEF’s new Representative in the Dominican Republic.
Santo Domingo.- As of 11th October 2010, Ms. María Jesús Conde Zabala has taken on the post of Representative at the UNICEF Dominican Republic Office. During her career in this organisation she has held the posts of Latin America and Caribbean Regional Advisor for Protection and Representative in Nicaragua.
As Regional Advisor, she was responsible the for regional coordination of the United Nations Secretary General’s Study on Violence against Children, as well as many other areas of work. As Representative in Nicaragua she was responsible for directing policy and managing the country’s programme of cooperation in order to improve the state of children and women in the country.
Upon taking on her new role, Ms. Zabala expressed her interest and commitment to following up on the programmes that UNICEF has been implementing in the Dominican Republic together with the Government and non-governmental partners, while following the organisational mandate to serve as a voice for children, especially the poorest and most vulnerable, to ensure that their rights are guaranteed.
Ms. Conde Zabala has also served as Programme Director on Migration and Development at the International and Ibero-American Foundation of Public Administration and Policies (FIIAPP), in Madrid, Spain; Penal Judge in Bilbao, Spain; Director of Human Rights and Justice in the Basque Government, and Professor of Legal Sociology at the University of the Basque Country, among other roles.
UNICEF’s new Representative in the Dominican Republic is a Spanish national, a graduate of Law from the University of Deusto, Bilbao, with a Masters in European Common Law from the same university. She carried out judicial studies in Spain, and as a hobby, Doctoral studies in Literary Criticism and Latin American Literature at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America.