Bernt Aasen is UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and Caribbean. In Latin America, Mr. Aasen has served as UNICEF Representative in both Mexico and Nicaragua. He also served the Guatemala Area Office as Project Officer in Honduras and as Head of Office in Panama.
Previously, Mr. Aasen served as Director and Chief of Staff in New York, and as Senior Advisor/Deputy Director a.i. in the Office of Emergency Programmes and as Director in charge of UN coherence issues. From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Aasen served as the UN Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator and Chief of Operation Lifeline Sudan.
Mr. Aasen is a national of Norway. He earned his Candidatus Magisterii in World History, Literature, Languages and Social Pedagogies from the University of Oslo, Norway, as well as a certificate in Spanish from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.