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Afshan Khan

Afshan Khan

Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
Biography
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