Kyungsun Kim, new UNICEF Representative for Thailand
The new Representative will continue UNICEF’s work for children in Thailand
BANGKOK, 15 February 2021 – Ms. Kyungsun Kim assumed her duties as the UNICEF Representative for Thailand in January 2021. Bringing 20 years of experience in advocacy, programme management and strategic partnership, she will play a critical role in steering the UNICEF team in realizing its commitment to children and families in collaboration with the Royal Thai Government, as well as other partners including civil society, private sector, development partners, and communities.
“It is an honour to join UNICEF in Thailand,” said the new UNICEF Representative for Thailand. “I look forward to continuing UNICEF’s crucial work with the Royal Thai Government and our partners in our shared mission to reach the most vulnerable children – and to creating multi-stakeholder partnerships to ensure children’s rights are fulfilled. I am impressed with what Thailand has achieved for its children during the recent decades. Thailand has indeed been a trendsetter in the region. But there are also challenges facing children and young people that remain, amid the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. I am excited to be working with all partners to build a better future for every child through bold, innovative and sustainable solutions.”
Ms. Kim joined UNICEF in 2001 and has since served as Resource Mobilization Manager and Senior Programme Specialist in Sudan; Senior Advisor for UN and Intergovernmental Affairs in New York Headquarters; and most recently as UNICEF Representative in Panama. She has extensive experience in the design, coordination and implementation of strategies for building alliances with governments, international organizations and civil society.
Ms. Kim is a Korean national and has a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from Rutgers University and a master's degree in Public Policy from Princeton University. She is married and has two daughters and a son.
The newly-appointed Representative is succeeding Mr. Thomas Davin, who proceeded to serve as UNICEF Global Innovation Director at Headquarters.
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.
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