20 Years - The Convention on the Rights of the Child

Philip O’Brien

Philip O’Brien is UNICEF’s Director of Private Fundraising and Partnerships.

He has also served as Regional Director for the UNICEF Regional Office for Geneva, Regional Director for UNICEF Regional Office for CEE/CIS/Baltics, and Deputy Director and Chief of the Geographic Section of UNICEF's Programme Division in New York.

Mr. O'Brien joined UNICEF in May 1988 as Chief, Health and Nutrition in the Bangladesh Country office and later worked as Chief of Operations for its Programme in Southern Sudan, the Senior Programme Officer in UNICEF's Office of Emergency Programmes, and in the Office of the Executive Director on matters related to the Secretary General's Reform proposals.

Prior to joining UNICEF, Mr. O'Brien worked with CONCERN WORLDWIDE, an international non-governmental organisation, from 1975 to 1988. He held various senior management positions in this organisation, including as Representative in Bangladesh and Tanzania.

Mr. O'Brien is a national of Ireland. He graduated from the University of Wales, Swansea, U.K. with a Diploma in Social Policy and Administration and obtained a Master's degree in Economic Science (Social Planning) also from the University of Wales, Swansea, U.K.


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