Coronavirus: UNICEF Spokespeople on the global COVID-19 outbreak and response

UNICEF experts available for media interviews

24 March 2020
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NEW YORK, 24 March 2020 - As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to soar around the world, UNICEF has spokespeople available for interview on the outbreak, the impact on children and young people and UNICEF's ongoing response.

Spokespeople include: 

GLOBAL


NAME AND TITLE
 


LANGUAGES


CONTACT PERSON

Dr. Carlos Navarro Colorado
Principal Advisor, Public Health Emergencies

English, French, Spanish

Christopher Tidey
+1 917 340 3017
ctidey@unicef.org

Sanjay Wijesekera
Director, Programme Division

English

Christopher Tidey
+1 917 340 3017
ctidey@unicef.org

Manuel Fontaine
Director, Emergency Programmes
(bio)

English, French

Christopher Tidey
+1 917 340 3017
ctidey@unicef.org

Kelly Ann Naylor
Associate Director, WASH
(bio)

English, French

Kurtis Cooper
+1 917 476 1435
kacooper@unicef.org

Robert Jenkins
Associate Director, Education
(bio)

English

Georgina Thompson
+1 917 238 1559,
gthompson@unicef.org

Cornelius Williams
Associate Director, Child Protection
(bio)

English

Helen Wylie
+1 917 244 2215
hwylie@unicef.org

Tasha Gill
Senior Advisor, Child Protection

English, French

Helen Wylie
+1 917 244 2215
hwylie@unicef.org

Pia Rebello Britto
Chief and Senior Advisor, Early Childhood Development
(bio)

English

Georgina Thompson
+1 917 238 1559,
gthompson@unicef.org

Zeinab Hijazi
Mental Health & Psychosocial Support Specialist, Child Protection in Emergencies

Arabic, English

Helen Wylie
+1 917 244 2215
hwylie@unicef.org

Etleva Kadilli
Director, UNICEF Supply Division
(bio)

English

Heidi Martinussen
hmartinussen@unicef.org

Dr. Stefan Swartling Peterson
Associate Director, Health
(bio)

English, German, Swedish, French (basic)

Sabrina Sidhu
+19174761537
ssidhu@unicef.org

Dr. Robin Nandy
Chief of Immunization
(bio)

English, Hindi

Sabrina Sidhu
+19174761537
ssidhu@unicef.org

Dr. Victor Aguayo
Associate Director, Nutrition
(bio)

English, Spanish, French

Sabrina Sidhu
+19174761537
ssidhu@unicef.org

 


EAST ASIA AND PACIFIC


NAME AND TITLE
 


LANGUAGES

Dr. Chris Kunihiko Hirabayashi Regional Health Advisor

English

Marc Rubin
Regional Emergency Advisor

English

Andreas Wuestenberg Emergency Specialist

English

 

EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA


NAME AND TITLE
 


LANGUAGES

Afshan Khan
Regional Director
(bio)

English, French

Lucio Melandri
Representative, Greece Partnership Office

English, French, Italian

 

EAST AND SOUTHERN AFRICA


NAME AND TITLE
 


LANGUAGES

James Elder
Regional Communication Advisor

English

Patsy Nakell
Chief of Communication, Africa Services Unit

Arabic, English, Finnish, French, Swedish

Gabriele Fontana
Regional Health Advisor

English, Italian, Spanish

Samuel Godfrey
Regional WASH Advisor

English, Portuguese

 

LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN


NAME AND TITLE
 


LANGUAGES

Laurent Duvillier
Regional Communication Advisor

English, French, Spanish

 

MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA


NAME AND TITLE
 


LANGUAGES

Juliette Touma
Regional Communication Advisor

Arabic, English

 

SOUTH ASIA

Paul Rutter
Regional Health Advisor

English

Kendra Grigson
Regional Child Protection Advisor

English

 

WEST AND CENTRAL AFRICA

Sandra Bisin
Regional Communication Advisor

French, English

 

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Media Contacts

Joe English

UNICEF New York

Tel: +1 917 893 0692

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