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Bertrand Bainvel Joins as UNICEF Representative in Myanmar

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Nay Pyi Taw, 6 December 2012: Mr. Bertrand Bainvel today submitted credentials as UNICEF Representative in Myanmar to H. E. U Wunna Maung Lwin, the Union Minister for Foreign Affairs, Republic of the Union of Myanmar.
As the Government of Union of Myanmar and UNICEF will review their programme of cooperation in 2013, the Minister emphasized that “it is important to review the tangible results the programme has generated for children and their families, and to consolidate them at decentralized levels". He added that "investing in children should be a key strategy in the National Poverty Reduction plan".

The Minister agreed that UNICEF, and the UN family, have a unique role to play in helping the country adopt international norms and standards and adapt them to the country's particular cultural, social and historical context.

Thanking the Union Minister Mr. Bainvel mentioned he looked forward to build on what was achieved over the years by UNICEF in partnership with the government and people of Myanmar. “At this historic time for the country, children must be placed at the centre of policy reform, investments and efforts to build a peaceful, prosperous and modern Myanmar,” said Mr. Bainvel.

Mr. Bainvel has recently assumed responsibility as the UNICEF Representative in Myanmar. He comes with over 20 years of experience in the social development sector, gained from working in leadership positions across a number of regions of the world. He has championed a wide range of causes for children and women throughout his career.

Prior to his arrival to Myanmar, Mr. Bainvel served as UNICEF Representative and Head of UNICEF Office in Moscow, the Russian Federation since September 2008, where he helped garner resources and brought high on the national agenda the causes of vulnerable and excluded children including children with disabilities, children affected by HIV and AIDS and adolescents at risk. On behalf of UNICEF, he explored the formation of a new form of partnership with the Russian Federation.

From 2003 to 2008, Mr. Bainvel provided strategic leadership as UNICEF Representative in Jamaica, where he pioneered and scaled up critical interventions promoting early childhood care and development, protecting children against HIV and AIDS and domestic and community violence, and encouraging greater social investment for children.

From 1999 to 2002, Mr. Bainvel served as Deputy to the UNICEF Special Representative in the State of Palestine [then called the Occupied Palestinian Territory]. Together with the Palestinian Authorities and NGOs, he strengthened frameworks for psycho-social interventions; and developed skill-building programmes and opportunities for peaceful participation for adolescents caught up in the conflict.

Mr. Bainvel worked in the Health Section in UNICEF Headquarters in New York, in Albania and in Mongolia through the nineties after he joined UNICEF in 1993.  

Prior to joining UNICEF, Mr. Bainvel worked in various capacities with financial and marketing private sector companies in France.

Mr. Bertrand Bainvel is a national of France. He graduated with Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (H.E.C.), Paris, France. Later he obtained a second Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, USA.

For more information please contact:

Zafrin Chowdhury, Chief of Communication, UNICEF Myanmar, Tel: +95-1-375527-32,

Sandar Linn, Communication Officer, UNICEF Myanmar, Tel: +95-1-375527-32,



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