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Sheldon Yett, UNICEF Representative for Pacific Island Countries

UNICEF Pacific Representative, Sheldon Yett, and Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts, with the "superhero comic contest" school winners on World Children's Day.

Mr. Sheldon Yett, a U.S. citizen, was appointed to the position of UNICEF Pacific Representative in August 2016. 

Prior to his current appointment, he served as the UNICEF Country Representative to Liberia from July 2013- 2016, UNICEF Representative to Macedonia from 2008 to 2013, and UNICEF Representative to Armenia from 2005 to 2008.  Mr. Yett has also served with UNICEF in Burundi, Somalia, Kosovo and New York, as well as other duty stations, and has also worked for the UN Department of Humanitarian Affairs.  He has been active in the field of international development for the last 25 years.  Before joining the UN, he worked for international NGOs in Rwanda, Niger, Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Earlier in his career, Sheldon worked as a journalist and covered politics and finance for Congressional Quarterly Magazine, Institutional Investor, the Nation (Thailand) as well as other publications.

Sheldon  holds an MA in international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a BA in international studies from Reed College.