From a passion for social justice to a career in child rights

Our staff, from all walks of life, reflect on their path to working for children

Dilshat Zhussupova
Staff of UNICEF Thailand
UNICEF Thailand
04 May 2022

For more than 75 years, staff at UNICEF have been committed to helping defeat diseases, providing essential services, education and skills and developing healthier and safer environments for children across the globe and in Thailand. As part of our series on The Faces of UNICEF in Thailand, we ask them about how their personal and professional life led them to a career in safeguarding the rights of children, everywhere.

For more than a decade I have been working with UNICEF after many years of work at the Ministry of Education, and I find myself still learning. One of the great things about UNICEF is that it has encouraged me to listen more closely, deeply and engagingly to the voices shaping our future. Because listening to this young generation with our hearts is what guides UNICEF in serving every child.

Rangsun Wiboonuppatum​, Education Officer at UNICEF Thailand
Rangsun Wiboonuppatum​, Education Officer at UNICEF Thailand
UNICEF Thailand
Severine Leonardi​, Deputy Representative at UNICEF Thailand
UNICEF Thailand

I discovered the power of sharing and helping others in Thailand, where I spent time growing up as a child. Coming back to serve children with UNICEF in Thailand 25 years later is a dream come true. My children Theo and Elise are now also living the same passion and dream. For them, it’s a chance to give back and learn about the importance of helping their community. For me, it’s about sharing my passion and helping them understand the difference they can make, be it as small as packing hygiene supplies.

Severine Leonardi​, Deputy Representative at UNICEF Thailand

“I don't have a dream, because I'm just me," a student told me when I was volunteering in Mae La camp in Tak Province, one of largest refugee camps in Thailand. "This isn't right," I thought to myself. I believe that everyone has the right to have a dream. ​Since that day, I haven’t stopped volunteering, and that conversation led me to work for UNICEF to help all children pursue their dreams.

Chotirot Suksangvoravong, Communication Assistant at UNICEF Thailand
Chotirot Suksangvoravong, Communication Assistant at UNICEF Thailand
UNICEF Thailand
Napat Phisanbut​, Social and Behaviour Change Officer at UNICEF Thailand
UNICEF Thailand

Over the years, I have worked on many issues at UNICEF, from breastfeeding to ending violence against children, early childhood development to emergency response. Going to the field to see how UNICEF is making a difference in children's lives always inspires me and keeps me going. Even when it means walking through murky flood water, it’s worth it.

Napat Phisanbut​, Social and Behaviour Change Officer at UNICEF Thailand

I am deeply inspired by my two nieces of ages 3 and 6, and watching them grow up is such a joy. I want to be a cool auntie with good stories to share with them – most of all, the story of helping others and being a part of UNICEF, an organization that helps children all around the world. ​I wish for this story to inspire my little nieces to grow up into kind and caring people.​ 

Suwatee Saenluang​, Celebrity Engagement Consultant at UNICEF Thailand
Suwatee Saenluang​, Celebrity Engagement Consultant at UNICEF Thailand
UNICEF Thailand
Phanatchakorn Muangfak, Face-to-face Fundraiser at UNICEF Thailand
UNICEF Thailand

Whenever the challenges of street fundraising during COVID-19 and an economic crisis begin to weigh on me, I remember why I began volunteering for UNICEF in university and why I am proud to represent UNICEF as a fundraiser today. To be a strong voice for how people can get involved in making a difference for children everywhere.

Phanatchakorn Muangfak, Face-to-face Fundraiser at UNICEF Thailand