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Henrietta Fore becomes new UNICEF Executive Director

Henrietta Fore becomes new UNICEF Executive Director

January 04
16:23 2018

A file photo of Henrietta Fore from October 2011. On New Year’s Day, Ms. Fore takes office as UNICEF’s Executive Director.

By Derrick Sinjela

LUSAKA, NEW YORK, 4 January 2018 – Henrietta Fore took office 1 January, 2018 as UNICEF’s seventh Executive Director. Ms. Fore brings to the role more than four decades of private and public sector leadership experience.

“I am honored to be joining such a remarkable organization, which I have known and admired for many years, and look forward to continuing UNICEF’s work to help save children’s lives, fight for their rights and help them realize their potential,” Ms. Fore said in a Media Statement circulated by UNICEF Zambia Senior Communications Assistant Taonga Kangwa.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres appointed Ms. Fore as UNICEF Executive Director after consultation with UNICEF’s governing board.

 

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres

EQF Chairman Dinner February 24, 2014. Photo by Paul Morse. Henrietta H. Fore becomes UNICEF’s 7th Executive Director on January 1, 2018. She succeeds Anthony Lake.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres

Prior to taking up this appointment Ms. Fore served as Chair of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Holsman International, a manufacturing and investment company. From 2007 to 2009, Ms. Fore, an American national, served as both the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and as Director of United States Foreign Assistance in the U.S. State Department. From 2005 to 2007, Ms. Fore was Under Secretary of State for Management, the Chief Operating Officer for the U.S. Department of State. Prior to that, she was the 37th Director of the United States Mint, a position she held from 2001 to 2005. Earlier in her career, at USAID, she was appointed as Assistant Administrator for Asia and Assistant Administrator for Private Enterprise (1989-1993). She also served on the Boards of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation.

In addition to her Government service, Ms. Fore has had leadership roles in a number of organizations in civil society, including being Global Co-Chair of the Asia Society, and associations with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Aspen Institute, the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, and the Center for Global Development.

Ms. Fore has also had leadership roles in the corporate sector, serving on the boards of a number of U.S. and international public corporations, and being active in promoting best practices in the corporate sector – including as Co-Chair of Women Corporate Directors. Effective December 31, 2017 Ms. Fore stepped down from all outside board engagements.

Ms. Fore has a Bachelor of Arts in History from Wellesley College and a Master of Science in Public Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. She is married and has four children.

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About UNICEF
UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone. For more information about UNICEF and its work for children visit www.unicef.org.

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For more information, please contact:
Kurtis Albert Cooper UNICEF New York, +19174761435, kacooper@unicef.org
Ruth Ansah Ayisi UNICEF Zambia, +260 211 374 200, ruthayisi@yahoo.com

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