Noodi Vanessa Race

Friend of UNICEF since 2017

Noodi is engaging with a child with disability during her field visit to health screening of the children with disability.

Noodi has been working with and for children for more than 10 years. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Family Studies from the University of Maryland at College Park and a Master’s Degree in “Mind, Brain, and Education” from Harvard University. The programme relies on recent cranial research in developing suitable curriculums to help promote brain development in children.

Noodi is known as one of Thailand’s brain and early childhood development experts. She joined UNICEF in 2015, supporting the “Best Start” campaign to help raise awareness of the importance of a child’s first months and years of life. She has been a leading advocate for child rights, calling for increased investment in early childhood development, and a stronger focus on brain development, and child nutrition, as well as the protection of children and adolescents. 

As a Friend of UNICEF, Noodi will be helping raise awareness and to push for action on a number of issues including the early years of life as well as calling for public support to end violence against children.