“I am delighted to be here in Malawi and look forward to serving the children of this country, through UNICEF’s cooperation with the Government and our many partners.”
Newly appointed UNICEF Representative in Malawi, has taken over from the previous representative, Mr. Johannes Wedenig. He will oversee the current five-year UNICEF Programme of Cooperation with the Government of Malawi, 2019-23.
Mr Schwenk has worked with the United Nations for 24 years, and with UNICEF for 19 years. He started his career with NGOs in Germany in the area of development cooperation. In 1995 he joined the United Nations, working first with UNRWA in Jordan and since 2000 serving with UNICEF in Niger, India, Denmark and Bhutan.
“Malawi is rightly known as the ‘warm heart of Africa’ and I have received a very warm welcome. There are many challenges facing children and young people in this country but also many opportunities, and I am confident that together we can find effective and sustainable solutions, giving children a brighter future," Mr. Schwenk said.
Before arriving in Malawi, Mr Schwenk has worked in very different country contexts, covering both development and humanitarian settings and including global-level emergencies in West Africa and Europe. He has worked in both programmes and operations. Prior to his arrival in Malawi in August 2019, he was the UNICEF Representative in Bhutan, where he achieved sustainable results for children.
Mr Schwenk holds a Masters Degree in Modern Middle East, Political Science and History from the Free University of Berlin. He is a German national, born 1964, married and has two children.