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UNICEF History

Leadership: Executive Directors, Deputies, Executive Board

UNICEF Executive Directors

UNICEF is administered by a Executive Director under policies, including the determination of programmes and allocation of funds, established by an Executive Board in accordance with such principles as may be laid down by the Economic and Social Council. Since 1946, UNICEF Executive Directors have been appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General in consultation with the UNICEF Executive Board. Anthony Lake is UNICEF's sixth and current Executive Director, and was appointed on 1 May 2010.

UNICEF's Executive Directors


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Maurice Pate, UNICEF's first Executive Director, 1947 - 1965

Maurice Pate: official UNICEF biography

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Henry R. Labouisse, UNICEF's second Executive Director, 1965 - 1979

Henry R. Labouisse: official UNICEF biography

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James Grant, UNICEF's third Executive Director, 1980-1995

James Grant: official UNICEF biography

Jim Grant: UNICEF Visionary (pieces written by his colleagues during his period as Executive Director)

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Carol Bellamy, UNICEF's fourth Executive Director, 1995-2005

Carol Bellamy: official UNICEF biography

More about Carol Bellamy: press releases, speeches, other news, Executive Board, video/audio, photo essays.

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Ann M. Veneman, UNICEF's fifth Executive Director, 2005 -2010

Ann M. Veneman: official UNICEF biography

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Anthony Lake, UNICEF's sixth and current Executive Director, 2010-

Anthony Lake: official UNICEF biography and statements (Press Centre).



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