Alex Heikens has been appointed as the Representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund Mongolia Country Office as per 21 July 2017. He joined UNICEF in 2013 as a senior adviser at UNICEF Headquarters, New York. He led the development and implementation of UNICEF’s policy on climate change, energy, and environmental sustainability.
Prior to UNICEF, Alex served as a Regional Policy Adviser for the United Nations Development Programme in Asia-Pacific, providing high-quality support to UNDP Country Offices and Governments on addressing climate change (2010 – 2013).
From 2007 to 2010, he was with UNDP Indonesia where he led the development of the UNDP climate change portfolio and assisted the Government of Indonesia with formulating key-policy documents and programmes such as UNREDD.
From 2003 till 2007 he worked for the Food and Agriculture Organization (in Bangladesh and the regional office in Thailand) providing advice on contaminated groundwater resources to governments and development partners.
Before joining the UN, Alex did his PhD research on the impacts of contaminated water resources on human health and agricultural production in Indonesia. Besides his PhD in environmental sciences, Alex holds an MSc in Biology from Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Mr Heikens is a Dutch citizen.
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