Meet the Representative
Find out more about the UNICEF Representative in Sierra Leone
Mr. Rudolf Schwenk is the UNICEF Representative in Sierra Leone, based in the capital Freetown. As the UNICEF Representative, Mr. Schwenk leads UNICEF's work to support the Government of Sierra Leone and its partners in promoting child rights and improving the lives of children and women in the country. He works closely with the Government, civil society organizations, and other partners to ensure that the rights of all children are protected and that they have access to the services they need to survive, thrive, and reach their full potential.
Mr. Schwenk has over 20 years of experience in international development, with a focus on child protection, education, and health. Prior to joining UNICEF Sierra Leone, he served as the UNICEF Representative in Malawi where he led efforts to improve access to quality health and education services for children and adolescents, and to strengthen child protection systems.
“I am very happy and honored to join UNICEF Sierra Leone. The country has made tremendous progress in improving child survival and development, but there is still much work to be done to ensure that all children have access to the services they need to grow up healthy, educated, and protected.”
Mr. Schwenk is a German national, married with two children, and holds a Masters Degree in Modern Middle East, Political Science and History from the Free University of Berlin.