UNICEF Executive Team and Experts

Find out more about UNICEF’s Executive Team, Directors and Experts

Henrietta H. Fore
Henrietta H. Fore

Executive Director

Omar Abdi

Omar Abdi

Deputy Executive Director  

Shanelle Hall

Shanelle Hall

Deputy Executive Director  

Fatoumata Ndiaye

Fatoumata Ndiaye

Deputy Executive Director

Hannan Sulieman

Hannan Sulieman

Chief of Staff

Directors and Advisors

Mark Beatty

Mark Beatty

Director, UNICEF Global Shared Services Centre

Jo Bourne

Jo Bourne

Associate Director and Global Chief of Education, Programme Division

Pia Rebello Britto

Pia Rebello Britto

Chief and Senior Adviser, Early Childhood Development

Ted Chaiban

Ted Chaiban

Director of Programmes

Laurence Chandy

Laurence Chandy

Director of Data, Research and Policy

Daniel Couture

Daniel Couture

Chief Information Officer, ICTD Director's Office

Paloma Escudero

Paloma Escudero

Director of Communications

Manuel Fontaine

Manuel Fontaine

Director, Office of Emergency Programmes

Carla Haddad Mardini

Carla Haddad Mardini 

Director, Public Partnerships Division

Reza Hossaini

Reza Hossaini

Director of Polio Eradication

Chewe Luo

Chewe Luo

Chief of HIV/AIDS, Programme Division

Anju Malhotra

Anju Malhotra

Principal Adviser, Gender and Development, Programme Division

Cynthia McCaffrey

Cynthia McCaffrey 

Director of Innovation

Robin Nandy

Robin Nandy

Principal Adviser and Chief of Immunization, Programme Division

Gary Stahl

Gary Stahl

Director, Private Fundraising and Partnerships

Stefan Swartling Peterson

Stefan Swartling Peterson

Chief of Health

Sanjay Wijesekera

Sanjay Wijesekera

Chief of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Programme Division

Cornelius Williams

Cornelius Williams

Associate Director, Child Protection, Programme Division

Regional Directors

Geert Cappelaere

Geert Cappelaere

Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa

Jean Gough

Jean Gough

Regional Director, Region of South Asia

Karin Hulshof

Karin Hulshof

Regional Director, East Asia and Pacific

Afshan Khan

Afshan Khan

Regional Director, Europe and Central Asia

Leila Pakkala

Leila Pakkala

Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa

María Cristina Perceval

María Cristina Perceval 

Regional Director, Latin American and Caribbean

Marie-Pierre Poirier

Marie-Pierre Poirier

Regional Director, West and Central Africa Region 

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Current Issues

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Executive Director

Learn more about Henrietta H. Fore, who became UNICEF's 7th Executive Director on January 1, 2018.