Sigrid Kaag took up her assignment as UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa in 2007. Prior to this posting, Ms. Kaag served as Chief of Staff in the Office of the UNICEF Executive Director, from April 2006 until December 2007, and before that she was Deputy Director (Regional and Inter-Agency Affairs), Programme Division, at UNICEF Headquarters.
Before joining UNICEF in 2005, Ms. Kaag served as senior UN adviser to the United Nations/World Bank Joint Assessment Mission for Sudan, the Deputy Director of Programmes at the International Organization for Migration in Geneva, and in the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in the Middle East
Ms. Kaag has also worked as a diplomat in the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as an analyst for the Shell International Petroleum Company.
Ms. Kaag, a national of the Netherlands, obtained her first degree in Middle East Studies at the American University in Cairo, followed by a Masters in Philosophy in International Relations from St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, and a Masters’ degree in Politics and Economics of the Middle East from University of Exeter. She is fluent in Dutch, English, Arabic, French, German and Spanish.