Edward Carwardine is UNICEF Representative to the Republic of Azerbaijan, a position he took up in August 2016.
A national of the United Kingdom, Edward began his career with UNICEF in 1997 when he joined the UK National Committee for UNICEF as a fundraiser and communication specialist responsible for community-based fundraising and public engagement. He had previously been the Head of Fundraising and Public Relations at Local Solutions, a social welfare organization providing support to vulnerable communities in north-west England. During his time at the UK National Committee for UNICEF, Edward also served in humanitarian response missions with UNICEF in India and Madagascar.
He subsequently worked as a communications consultant for UNICEF in Geneva, Switzerland, managing initiatives in support of the 2002 UN General Assembly Special Session on Children, and overseeing the editing and production of the organization’s global Humanitarian Action Report. He then joined UNICEF Afghanistan in early 2002 and went on to become UNICEF’s Chief of Communication in Kabul in 2004.
Edward moved in 2006 to head UNICEF’s communication team in Sudan following the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, before joining UNICEF Indonesia in 2009 as chief of communication, partnerships and resource mobilization. In this role he managed a range of partnership initiatives with national and regional government bodies, as well as the private sector, to promote child rights. While working in Indonesia, he also provided temporary communication support to UNICEF in Haiti, following the 2010 earthquake.
In 2012 he was appointed as UNICEF’s Deputy Director of Communication in New York, USA, playing a leading role in shaping and implementing a new global communication and public advocacy strategy and serving as an advisor to UNICEF’s Executive Director at the time on communication and public engagement, particularly in relation to major humanitarian crises including the conflict in Syria.