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Representative to Malaysia

© UNICEF Côte d’Ivoire
Mr. Youssouf Mohammad Oomar, UNICEF Malaysia Representative.

Youssouf Oomar

Youssouf Oomar assumed the leadership of UNICEF Malaysia in January 2008, having completed a successful four-year term as the Resident Representative of UNICEF Côte d’Ivoire, leading the office through its turbulent time from conflict to peace.

Oomar’s vision at UNICEF has consistently been underlined with a firm belief in instilling a “sense of urgency” about the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and their 2015 deadline, as well as ensuring that the agency’s policies and programs are oriented around achieving them. He has stressed an integrated approach that focuses on scaling up a broad array of interventions to support children’s health and development.

While at Cote d’Ivoire, Oomar worked tirelessly to lead UNICEF’s response to advance the rights of children in line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child by supporting child health and nutrition, quality basic education for all boys and girls, access to clean water and sanitation, and the protection of children from violence and exploitation as well as the impacts of HIV and AIDS.

© UNICEF Cote d'Ivoire/2006/Westerbeek

A skilled and valued diplomat at UNICEF, he has promoted and facilitated the spirit of cooperation, coordination and partnership as the cornerstones to deliver results for children as reflected in his success in nationalising a Child Survival Strategy to benefit the children of Côte d’Ivoire as well as ensuring that no children were attached to the fighting forces involved in the country’s conflict.

With the support of the UN Team in Côte d’Ivoire, Oomar also coordinated collaboration with the Government and others to address the Toxic Waste crisis, and chaired the United Nations theme group on HIV/AIDS in 2005 – 2006.

Strong, transparent management is a hallmark of Oomar’s career at UNICEF, where he started as a national officer at the office in Mauritius, followed by a Program Officer’s post in Mauritania. He was subsequently appointed UNICEF Gambia’s Representative, followed by Representative of UNICEF in Algeria. From 2000 to February 2005, he served as Deputy Secretary of UNICEF’s Executive Board based in New York.

Oomar’s strengths and experiences lie in socio-economic development. Prior to his career at UNICEF, he worked with the UNDP/UNFPA and the Ministry of Economic Planning, both in Mauritius. He has also attended courses on economics development at the Australia National University (1982) and economics, sociology and politics at India’s Mysore University (1975).

A national of Mauritius, Youssouf Oomar is a firm believer in cultural diversity. Married with a 24 year old son and a 22 year old daughter, he is also an accomplished singer and enjoys cooking.



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