Afshan Khan is the UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, and
the Special Coordinator for the Refuge and Migrant Response in Europe. She is
based in Geneva.
Ms. Khan has been an international public servant for over 28 years. Previously
she was the Director of Emergency Programmes for UNICEF, and she has also
held other senior positions including Director of Public-Sector Alliances and
Resource Mobilization; Associate Regional Director for Eastern and Southern
Africa; and the UNICEF Representative in Jamaica. Ms. Khan has extensive field
experience including assignments in Kenya; Mozambique; Democratic Republic
of Congo; and Colombia. She also has broad United Nations-wide expertise
stemming from assignments with the Inter-Agency Standing Committee for
Humanitarian Affairs (IASC) in Geneva; the Executive Office of the Secretary-
General; and the United Nations Development Group. From 2012 to 2014 Ms.
Khan took leave from the United Nations to become the CEO of Women for
Women International. In that role, she was responsible for setting the strategic vision and mobilizing the
necessary resources for women rebuilding their lives after war.
Ms. Khan was born in Hyderabad, India, and grew up in Montreal, Canada. She has a Master’s degree in Public
Policy from the Johns Hopkins School