Director and Chief of Staff
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Ms. Mirna Yacoub was appointed Director and Chief of Staff a.i in February 2019. Prior to this, she served as Adviser to the Chief of Staff.
Ms. Yacoub joined the UN in 2000 and has served in various capacities, both in the field and at headquarters ─ including as UNICEF Deputy Representative to Syria; UNICEF Senior Emergency Adviser for the Syria Sub-regional Crisis; and Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist in Cambodia.
She has also served as Senior Humanitarian Adviser to the UN Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General (DSRSG) in Iraq, and Special Assistant to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Lebanon. Ms. Yacoub's experience at headquarters includes roles in the Executive Office, Emergency Programmes, Communication, and Resource Mobilization.
Before joining UNICEF, Ms. Yacoub worked with the Australian Government in various capacities ─ including in the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and with Australia’s Aid Agency (AusAID). She started her career in the community sector working with local NGOs on multicultural affairs, access and equity programmes.
Ms. Yacoub holds a Bachelor of Arts with focus in Sociology and Anthropology, and a Master of Politics and Public Policy. She is an Australian national.
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