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Gunilla Olsson, Representative

Gunilla Olsson has been UNICEF Representative in Indonesia since 1 September 2014.

 

Prior to that, she was the Director of Governance, UN and Multilateral Affairs at UNICEF Headquarters in New York. In this capacity she led the organization’s engagement with its Executive Board and the UN, which included the relationship with other agencies and governments as well as related bodies and the broader multilateral system, including the Bretton Woods Institutions. She was also a member of the Board of the UN System’s Staff College and a Vice Chair of the High Level Committee on Programmes (HLCP).

 

Before joining UNICEF on 1 September 2010, Gunilla held leadership positions at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), including three years as the Executive Director for Change and Reform where she was accountable for the management, direction and implementation of all aspects of IFAD’s Action Plan for Development Effectiveness, and three years as the Director of Policy.

 

She took up her position at IFAD, coming from the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs where she was the Director, Deputy Head of the Department for Global Development and Head of Policy and Projects.

 

Throughout her career, Gunilla has worked with numerous other multilateral and bilateral organizations, among them: ILO, FAO, GTZ and SIDA.  She led various complex change processes, involving people across departments and organizations; the development of Sweden’s Bill for Global Development is an example.

 

Gunilla has 30 years of diverse experience: from extensive field-work in developing countries, most notably in Asia and the Pacific, to policy-making in various UN-Headquarters positions and from working with governments and civil society organizations.  She has worked on equity, poverty reduction, sustainable development, policy coherence as well as on organizational change and reform. 

 

Gunilla has a degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Stockholm and has participated in substantive training on organizational change, leadership and management, for instance at Harvard Business School.

 

Gunilla is a national of Sweden and is married with two daughters.

 

Lauren Rumble, Deputy Representative

Lauren Rumble is the head of programmes for UNICEF Indonesia, which cover child protection, child survival and development, social policy, education and adolescent development. Her work involves balancing a diverse range of programmatic approaches, with a focus on supporting the most vulnerable, marginalized and invisible children and women in Indonesia. She and her team work closely with partners in government, the private sector and civil society to advance children’s rights by leveraging financing, offering policy and technical advice, and developing local capacity.

 

She leads a multi-disciplinary team to design and deliver programmes that are high-impact and deliver results to scale. She supports the promotion of gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment in all of UNICEF’s field operations. Her skills are in evidence-based advocacy, programming for results and managing diverse teams. She is motivated by a passion for social justice and a strong desire to assist policymakers, planners and programmers in translating global and country promises for children into realities on the ground.

 

Lauren’s background is in child protection and social policy. She has worked for UNICEF as a Chief of Child Protection in a number of fragile contexts, including in Zimbabwe and East Timor, where she led several violence prevention programmes, including a large-scale cash grant for children and families and constitutional reform for children’s rights, among others. She previously worked for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on humanitarian law issues and in South Africa on transitional justice.

 

Lauren holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Cambridge University in the UK and is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Health. She loves reading and spending time with her family in unusual places close to the ocean.

 

 
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