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Ms. Marianne Clark-Hattingh assumed leadership of the UNICEF Malaysia country office in January 2016.

She joins the country office with vast experience earned through her work in child protection, change management and social policy development. She brings to her role sound expertise in child rights, capacity building and results-based management.

Driven by her commitment to do more for marginalized communities around the world and a conviction that all children have an equal right to fulfill their full potential, Ms. Clark-Hattingh first began her career with UNICEF in Madagascar, where she developed the Child Protection programme and managed partnerships for children.

After five years in Madagascar working on child protection, she accepted the post of Country Director at Save the Children in Bulgaria, where she established the Save the Children office and programme focusing on decentralized social planning, social protection and inclusion. In 2000, she returned to UNICEF, this time managing internal staff development in New York. After two years, she continued her work in Child Protection, heading the team in UNICEF Guinea Conakry, working to demobilize and reintegrate child soldiers into their communities; reunifying refugee children separated from their parents by war in neighbouring Sierra Leone and Liberia; and addressing the issues of child trafficking, child labour, and juvenile justice. In 2004, she was appointed Deputy Representative in Benin.

In 2008, Ms. Clark-Hattingh moved to Italy to develop the Change Management portfolio of the UN System Staff College in Turin, supporting UN country teams in joint planning, promoting enhanced Programme coherence and UN reform. She continued her work in change management at UNICEF until 2013, managing the global rollout of training around a series of change initiatives.

Before her arrival in Malaysia, Ms. Clark-Hattingh headed the UNICEF Field Office in Garowe, Somalia for over 2 years, managing humanitarian and programmatic efforts for children and women within an extremely high-risk environment.  Prior to joining UNICEF, Ms. Clark-Hattingh worked in the evaluation department of UK Aid; administered humanitarian aid and skills programmes with NGOs in refugee camps in Thailand and Malawi;  and taught English in China.

Ms. Clark-Hattingh holds a Bachelor’s degree in French and International Relations and earned her Masters in Economics from the London School of Economics, specialising in Social Policy and Development. She is a British and French national, fluent in both languages. She is married to Aubrey Hattingh and has two children, Lauren and Oliver.







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