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New Regional Director for UNICEF in Eastern and Southern Africa

GENEVA/NEW YORK/NAIROBI, 25 August 2009 - UNICEF is pleased to welcome Elhadj Amadou Gueye Sy as the new Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa.  As, as he is often called by colleagues and friends, succeeds Per Engebak following Per’s retirement in early 2009.

 “I am honoured to have been given this opportunity to work for UNICEF, and more importantly, for the children of the great African continent,” said As. “As many African nations are making great progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals, this region is still burdened with high child mortality, the impact of HIV/AIDS, and 11.4 million out-of-school children.”

“I look forward to working with the Governments and all of our partners in keeping the promises to our children.”

A national of Senegal, As has more than 20 years of experience in the civil service.  Before joining UNICEF, he served as Director of Partnerships and External Relations and Deputy Executive Director a.i. with UNAIDS.

From 2005 to 2007, As was Director, HIV/AIDS Practice with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York. Prior to that, he served as Africa Regional Director and later, as Director, Operational Partnerships and Country Support with the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Geneva.

As has also worked as UNAIDS Representative in New York and Director of the New York Liaison Office.  From 1988 to 1997, he served as Director of Health and Development Programmes with Environment and Development Action in the Third World in Dakar, Senegal.

As holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts and Human Sciences from the University of Dakar, followed by his Master’s studies in Arts and Germanistik and a fellowship for doctoral research in Human and Social Sciences from the University of Graz, Austria. He graduated from the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna, specializing in Diplomatic Services and Administration of International Organization. He also earned a diploma in Psycho-Pedagogy from the Ecole Normale Superieure in Dakar, in 1987.

For further information, please contact:
Kun Li, UNICEF Regional Office for Eastern & Southern Africa
Tel + 254 20 7622218
E-mail: kli@unicef.org




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