Meet UNICEF's Representative in Uganda
Dr. Munir Safieldin
Dr. Mohamed El Munir A. Safieldin (Munir Safieldin) is the UNICEF Representative to the Republic of Uganda, having joined the country office in January 2021.
Dr. Safieldin is a public policy analyst, economist, and strategist with over 30 years of experience in the UN and with NGOs. Recently, he served as UNICEF Representative to the Maldives and to the Islamic Republic of Iran, and as UN Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, where he oversaw and facilitated the international humanitarian response to over five million civilians affected by the violence triggered by Boko Haram. Within the UN system, he has also served in Sudan, Yemen, Oman, Pakistan, Jordan, Tanzania, and Turkey (for Syria cross-border operations). In Jordan, Dr. Safieldin served as the Regional Chief of Programme and Planning for the Middle East and North Africa, where he provided technical support and guidance to 20 UNICEF country offices in the areas of programme design, monitoring, and social policy analysis. Earlier in his career, Dr. Safieldin was the founding Executive Director of Sabah for the Assistance and Rehabilitation of Street Children and Youth, a leading non-governmental organization in Sudan, and the Deputy Representative of Oxfam (UK and Ireland) to Sudan.
Dr. Safieldin holds a doctorate in public policy analysis from Walden University in the United States, a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Hull in the United Kingdom, and a Bachelor’s in Economics and Social Studies from the University of Khartoum in Sudan. He was awarded a fellowship in Public Administration at the Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs at Princeton University, and has completed post-graduate courses at Maastricht University in the Netherlands and at the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University in the UK.