UNICEF Representative in Armenia
Mr. Yuri Oksamitniy, UNICEF Special Adviser for Strategic Partnership, assumed leadership of UNICEF Armenia country office in March 2021.
Mr. Oksamitniy has previously served as UNICEF Representative to Kazakhstan in 2015-2019 and to Belarus in 2009-2015. Prior to that, from 2002 to 2009, he was the Chief of Europe, Middle East and North Africa section, and Senior Adviser on Governance, UN and multilateral affairs at UNICEF Headquarters in New York. From 1997-2002, Mr. Oksamitniy served as Regional Advisor in UNICEF Geneva Regional Office, while in 1999 he assumed temporary leadership of UNICEF in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
Mr. Oksamitniy joined UNICEF in 1993 as Regional Programme Officer at Middle East and North Africa Regional Office in Amman. He then continued his work in 1994-1997 as Area Programme Officer at UNICEF Office for Central Asia in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Prior to joining UNICEF, Mr. Oksamitniy was the Advisor with the USSR, Russian Federation Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York from 1989-1993, overseeing operational activities for development, humanitarian and emergency response.
In 1985-1989, he served as the Third and Second Secretary at the International Economic Relations Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Moscow, USSR, responsible for cooperation with the UN Economic Commission for Europe and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Mr. Oksamitniy began his career as Research Fellow, Associate Professor and then Deputy Director of the International Economic Relations Department with the Moscow State Institute of International Relations from 1978-1985.
He holds a Ph.D. in International Economics from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. Mr. Oksamitniy is married with two children.