Karin Hulshof

Regional Director, East Asia and the Pacific

Karin Hulshof

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Karin Hulshof, Regional Director, East Asia and the Pacific

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Karin Hulshof is the UNICEF Regional Director for East Asia and the Pacific, based in Bangkok, Thailand.  She is responsible for oversight, ensuring overall policy and programme coherence and advocacy for UNICEF across the region. UNICEF has 14 country offices in the East Asia and the Pacific region: Cambodia, China, DPR Korea, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Viet Nam, Pacific Islands (based in Fiji), Papua New Guinea and the Philippines.

Ms. Hulshof has worked for UNICEF for almost 30 years.  Prior to taking up her current position, she was UNICEF’s Regional Director in South Asia.  She has served as UNICEF Representative to India, as the Director of UNICEF’s Public-sector Alliances and Resource Mobilization Office at UNICEF Headquarters in New York, and as Chief of Staff to the Executive Director in New York.

She has also held field positions in Romania, Moldova, Belgium, Brazil, Guatemala and Costa Rica. 

Prior to her work with UNICEF, she worked at the Council of Youth Affairs and Institute of Criminology in the Netherlands.

Ms. Hulshof graduated from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands with a Master's degree in Social Science and specializations in Economics, Spanish, Cultural Anthropology and Education. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Senate of the University of Bucharest, Romania. 

Ms. Hulshof was appointed Regional Director for UNICEF in East Asia and the Pacific (EAPRO) effective 1 June 2016.

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