Unicef has appointed Henrietta H. Fore as its seventh executive director, who takes over the role from former executive director Anthony Lake.
Fore started the role on 1 January and is based in Unicef’s head office in the United States, where overall management and administration takes place for the charity which works in 190 countries. Before taking on the role she was chair of the board and chief executive officer at Holsman International, a manufacturing and investment company.
Previous to this she held roles 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.
As well as her roles in US government, she held leadership roles in a number of organisations 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.
On her appointment, Fore said: “I am honoured to be joining such a remarkable organisation, 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.”