Manuel Fontaine, Director, Office of Emergency Programmes
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Manuel Fontaine took up his position as UNICEF Director of the Office of Emergency Programmes in early January 2017.
Mr. Fontaine has more than 25 years of experience with UNICEF, combining managerial and technical leadership in both development and emergency contexts.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Fontaine served as UNICEF Regional Director of the West and Central Africa Regional Office (WCARO) where he was responsible for overseeing the organization’s programmes in 24 countries. From August 2011 to August 2013, he worked as UNICEF Deputy Regional Director, also in WCARO.
Previously, he held positions as UNICEF Representative to Algeria, Senior Adviser Child Protection in New York Headquarters, Deputy Representative to Afghanistan, Somalia and Albania, and Head of Office in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Before joining UNICEF, Mr. Fontaine worked for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Mr. Fontaine is a national of France. He holds a DEA (post-graduate diploma) in International Public Law and International Organizations from the University of Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne).
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