Ms. Amakobe Sande is the UNICEF Representative to China
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As Representative, Ms. Sande provides leadership and strategic direction of the Country Programme in delivering results for children.
She brings to the role over 30 years of experience and expertise in international development, humanitarian coordination, policy analysis, advocacy, resource mobilization and partnership.
Prior to joining UNICEF, she was the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Eritrea, coordinating 21 agencies in support of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Ms. Sande led UNAIDS as Country Director in Beijing, as well as in Uganda, Malawi and Lesotho. Prior to joining the UN she worked in renowned international organisations such as Oxfam and ActionAid International where she served as Deputy Country Representative in post genocide Rwanda; Country Representative in Zambia; Regional Programme Manager for the Middle East, Eastern Europe and the former Caucasus (Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan) and in the same function covering the Southern Africa Region. Just prior to joining the United Nations Ms. Sande was the Director for ActionAid International's Southern Africa Partnership Programme.
Ms. Sande has served on a number of boards and advisory committees, including the Global Campaign for Microbicides; the African Public Health Network; the Southern Africa AIDS Information Service (SAFAIDS); and the China AIDS Fund for Non Government Organisations (CAFNGO).
Ms. Sande received a Master’s degree in Development Studies from the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the United States International University in Nairobi, Kenya.
She is a national of Kenya and the mother of two daughters.