Afshan Khan, Regional Director, Europe and Central Asia (ECA), Special Coordinator, Refugee and Migrant Response in Europe
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Afshan Khan is UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia (ECA), and the Special Coordinator for the Refuge and Migrant Response in Europe. She is based in Geneva.
Ms. Khan has been an international public servant for over 28 years. Previously the Director of Emergency Programmes for UNICEF, she has held other senior positions including Director of Public-sector Alliances and Resource Mobilization; Associate Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa; and UNICEF Representative to Jamaica.
Ms. Khan has extensive field experience including assignments in Kenya, Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Colombia. She also has United Nations-wide expertise stemming from assignments with the Inter-agency Standing Committee for Humanitarian Affairs (IASC) in Geneva, the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, and the United Nations Development Group.
From 2012 to 2014, Ms. Khan took leave from the United Nations to become the CEO of Women for Women International. In that role, she was responsible for setting the strategic vision and mobilizing the necessary resources for women rebuilding their lives after war.
Ms. Khan was born in Hyderabad, India, and grew up in Montreal, Canada. She has a Master in Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from McGill University.
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