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Reza Hossaini – Director of Polio Eradication

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Reza Hossaini

Mr. Reza Hossaini is the Director of Polio Eradication, based in UNICEF Headquarters, New York. He is responsible for management of the organization’s work within the partnership of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

Prior to this appointment, Mr. Hossaini served as UNICEF Representative in Uzbekistan, having previously served as Representative in Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, and Turkey. 

Mr. Hossaini began his career with UNICEF in 1989 as Assistant Representative in Tehran, Iran. He then joined World Health Organization as SIA Polio Coordinator in the Horn of Africa and South East Asia Region. He returned to UNICEF in 2002 as Senior Programme Coordinator Afghanistan.

Prior to joining the UNICEF, Mr. Hossaini worked in the private sector (pharmaceutical and vaccine production).

Mr. Hossaini obtained his degree in Industrial Pharmacy (1981) from the College of Pharmacy, Delhi University and his Post Graduate Degree in Hospital Management from All India Institute of Medical Science in New Delhi. 

He is a national of Iran, and speaks fluent Arabic, English and French. He is married with one daughter.

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