Benjamin Perks is the UNICEF Representative and Resident Coordinator ad interim of the United Nations to the Republic of North Macedonia. In both capacities he advocates for reforms to fulfill international human rights commitments and realization of the Sustainable Development Goals.
In his personal capacity, he is a Senior Fellow at the Jubilee Centre at the University of Birmingham in the UK, which researches and advises on education policy related to development of character and social and emotional skills.
He is also Chair of the Regional Advisory Group on Violence Against Children which promotes reforms in support of primary prevention and response in 21 countries in Europe and Eastern Asia. He was previously the UNICEF Representative to Montenegro, and has also served in Georgia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, India and Albania. In Afghanistan he helped to coordinate the Back to School campaign in the Northern part of the country which brought 3 million children, including 1 million girls, into school-most of them for the first times in their lives.
He holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Kent at Canterbury and has recently completed a mid-career programme with the Harvard Graduate School of Education on Leadership and Education Reform.