UNICEF Malaysia Representative
About Robert Gass, UNICEF Malaysia Representative
Robert Gass, UNICEF Representative, Malaysia
A national of the United States of America, Robert Gass is currently the UNICEF Representative to Malaysia and Special Representative to Brunei Darussalam. He has held previous leadership roles with UNICEF in Indonesia (Deputy Representative, Programme), Brazil (Chief of Semiarid Territory), Thailand (Chief of HIV/AIDS), and UNICEF Headquarters in New York (Paediatric HIV Treatment Focal Point). Prior to joining UNICEF, Robert had previous work experience with the New York State Department of Health in performance measurement and quality improvement, and the United States Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa.
Mr. Gass was born and raised in India, and then pursued a university degree in International Studies at Macalester College, a Master’s degree in International Development from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and a subsequent Master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Public Health.
On the 31 of January 2023, Robert Gass met Malaysia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs YB Senator Dato' Seri Diraja Dr. Zambry Abd Kadir to officially present his credentials at the Foreign Minister’s Office, Institute of Diplomacy and Foreign Relations (IDFR), Kuala Lumpur. It is customary for incoming UNICEF Representatives to present credentials to the Ministry of Foreign/External Affairs of the host country. Also present at the meeting were senior officers from Department of Multilateral Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNICEF’s thematic leads.