UNICEF Representative in Iran
Meet Ms. Mandeep O'Brien, UNICEF Iran Representative
A Short Biography
Over the past twenty years, Mandeep has served in the UN, across three agencies, both in the field and headquarters.
Before her posting in the Islamic Republic of Iran as UNICEF Country Representative in July 2019, she was Deputy Director for the Public Partnerships Division in UNICEF Headquarters, New York, responsible for providing strategic leadership and oversight of UNICEF’s global engagement in inter-agency and intergovernmental affairs, including the General Assembly and Economic and Social Council, resource mobilization and multilateral partnerships with international financial institutions, including with the World Bank and the Islamic Development Bank.
From 2013 to 2016 she worked as UNICEF Senior Adviser and Team Leader for UN Partnerships, New York.
Prior to joining UNICEF, Mandeep was UNFPA Deputy Representative, in Hanoi, Viet Nam from 2011 to 2013. During this period, she also served as UNFPA Country Representative a.i.
From 2006 to 2010, Mandeep was Strategic Planning Specialist in UNFPA New York working on the corporate strategic plan, corporate evaluation policy, and the global and regional programmes. During this period, Mandeep worked with the Harvard University on improving social policy implementation in countries across Africa (Ghana, Malawi, Uganda and Ethiopia) and Asia (Nepal, Bangladesh and Indonesia).
Mandeep started her UN career in 2000 as UNDP National UNV Coordinator in her own country. From 2001 to 2005, she served as a National Programme Officer in India responsible for the programmes of cooperation with the Ministries of Health, Education and Youth, and the women’s development programme with the State Government of Haryana.
Mandeep holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Boston, USA; a Master’s Degree in Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi, India; a Bachelor’s Honors Degree in Sociology, Presidency College, Calcutta, India; Advance Certification in Health Research Methods, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK.
Mandeep is a recipient of the President of India’s Kunda Datar gold medal for academic excellence. She is married and a proud mother of a daughter.