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.
Mirna joined the UN in 2000 and has served in various capacities, both in the field and headquarters, including UNICEF Deputy Representative in Syria, UNICEF’s Senior Emergency Advisor for the Syria Sub-regional Crisis, and Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist in Cambodia. She has also served as Senior Humanitarian Advisor to the UN DSRSG in Iraq, and Special Assistant to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Lebanon. Mirna's experience in headquarters includes roles in the Executive Office, Emergency Programmes, Communication, and Resource Mobilisation.
Before joining UNICEF, Mirna worked with the Australian Government in various capacities including in the Office of 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 and access and equity programmes.
Mirna holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with Majors in Sociology and Anthropology, and a Master of Politics and Public Policy. She is an Australian national.
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