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Angela Kearney

UNICEF Representative and humanitarian

Angela Kearney has just returned from a four month assignment in Jordan, supporting the UNICEF programme in Syria.  

Angela retired from UNICEF in September 2017 and since she left New Zealand in 1986 for a “one off” six month assignment with the International Red Cross she has remained working at the international level, with frequent trips back to New Zealand.

Over the 32 years overseas she has held leading positions in protecting and promoting child rights. Her last full-time assignment was as Representative for UNICEF in Pakistan. Before that she was the UNICEF Representative in Indonesia and led the organisation’s disaster response after cyclone Haiyan had devastated parts of the Philippines. She has also been the UNICEF Representative in Angola from 2006 to 2009 and in Liberia from  2003 to 2006.

Mrs. Kearney first joined UNICEF in 1998, as  an emergency officer in Sudan.  In 2002 she transferred to Afghanistan as Deputy Representative.

Before working for UNICEF Angela Kearney held various positions within Save the Children in Iraq, Angola and Afghanistan. She is well familiar with the region as she was also Regional Coordination Officer with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in this Northern neighbour country of Pakistan from 1997-1998.  

She is a Registered General and Obstetric Nurse and Midwife and also holds an Advanced Diploma in Nursing (Maternal and Child Health) from Christchurch Polytechnic.