Our Representative

Mr. Octavian Bivol is the UNICEF Representative to Lao PDR since December, 2017

UNICEF staff visit Soumkham village, Nyotou District, Phongsaly province
UNICEF Laos/2018/Saykoson

Mr. Octavian Bivol is the UNICEF Representative to Lao PDR since December, 2017. He brings more than 20 years of experience in international development and management. Prior to taking up this assignment, he held the position of the Deputy Director in the UNICEF Office in Brussels where he was responsible for the UNICEF partnership with the European Union institutions.

His career with UNICEF dates back to 1995, when he joined the office in Moldova as Health Officer. Mr. Bivol had subsequent assignments with UNICEF including in the UNICEF Gulf Area Office in Saudi Arabia, in Kazakhstan where he was heading the UNICEF office in Astana, as UNICEF Representative to Bulgaria, and as Regional Advisor, Health System and Policy in the UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia in Geneva. 

Mr. Bivol is a national of the Republic of Moldova and is a medical doctor.

Octavian considers that Lao PDR is going through a crucial period. The country’s economic growth and its aspiration to graduate from the Least Developed Country status can bring significant opportunities for children.

“UNICEF is working hand in hand with the Government and development partners to ensure that child and maternal health and nutrition, access to and quality of education, access to clean water, sanitation and a safe environment, protecting children against violence and abuse, and equity between population groups leaving in most remote and hard-to-reach areas and from different ethnic groups are at the forefront of the national development agenda”.

Octavian Bivol meet LWU
UNICEF Laos/2018/Saykoson
Mr Octavian Bivol, UNICEF Representative to Lao PDR presented the Letters of Credence to H.E Dr Inlavanh KEOBOUNPHANH, President of Lao Women’s Union

To achieve this, UNICEF is paying special attention to the needs of the most vulnerable children by scaling up most effective policies and interventions.

“UNICEF works directly with families and communities providing them with essential knowledge and skills on child survival, development and protection; supports provincial and district authorities to plan and deliver effective services for children; and engages with the national government and all stakeholders with evidence and policy options for advancing in the realization of child rights”.