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.