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WHEN: Monday 30 June - Tuesday 1 July 2014; WHERE: Sandton Convention Centre, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa

Manuel Fontaine

Manuel Fontaine was appointed UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa Region (WCARO) in August 2013. Based in Dakar, Senegal, he is responsible for overseeing UNICEF’s programmes in 24 countries in the region.

Mr Fontaine has had a long experience in the organization, having joined as an emergency officer in Geneva in 1992.

He also served as UNICEF Representative in Algeria, Deputy Representative in Afghanistan, Albania, Bosnia, and Somalia, and at various senior positions in UNICEF’s New York Headquarters and its Geneva office.  Mr Fontaine joined the West and Central Africa Region in August 2011 as Deputy Regional Director before acting then being appointed as Regional Director.

Mr Fontaine has a background in child protection, in particular on the subject of children and armed conflict, and is a specialist in countries in crisis. He led several UNICEF’s humanitarian responses to the Sahel nutrition crisis of 2012 and to the conflict in Mali in 2013. The top UN official also continues to coordinate major conflict-related emergencies across the region, including the unfolding crisis in Central African Republic.

Prior to joining UNICEF, Mr Fontaine worked for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Mr. Fontaine is a national of France. He holds a DEA (post-graduate diploma) in International Public Law and International Organizations from the University of Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne).

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