UNICEF Representative in the United Republic of Tanzania
Elke Wisch is the UNICEF Representative to the United Republic of Tanzania, based in Dar es Salaam. She took up the post in August 2023.
With a passion for championing the rights of children and families, Ms. Wisch, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to lead our efforts in Tanzania. Having dedicated 27 years to making a difference, Ms. Wisch has worked in various developmental, transitional, and emergency situations.
Ms. Wisch brings a wealth of experience and expertise to lead UNICEF's efforts in Tanzania. With 27 years of dedicated service, Ms. Wisch has contributed to improve the lives of children and communities in diverse developmental, transitional, and emergency contexts, including in Rwanda, Liberia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro, Afghanistan, Myanmar and Uganda.
As Deputy Regional Director Ms. Wisch oversaw regional technical assistance for 21 UNICEF country programmes in Eastern and Southern Africa region, including Tanzania. Ms. Wisch led UNICEF’s cooperation programme as Representative in Madagascar and most recently, was the UNICEF Representative in Nepal, a position she held for the last four years.
Prior to joining UNICEF, Ms. Wisch worked in various conflict resolution organizations and academic institutions in Germany and the United States.
A national of Germany, Ms. Wisch holds a Master of Arts in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Munich and a Master of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
She moves to Tanzania accompanied by her daughter.