Mr. Bernt Aasen was appointed UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and Caribbean in August 2009. Amongst his responsibilities for the Region, Mr Aasen leads UNICEF’s involvement with the International Olympic Committee and the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) to support children’s rights to play, to mobilise communities and deliver important messages. Currently, his focus is the 2016 Olympics and 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Prior to this assignment, Mr. Aasen served as Director and Chief of Staff, in New York. In this capacity, he managed the Office of the Executive Director and provided advice on policy and management issues to the Executive Director and Deputy Executive Directors. In his time at UNICEF he has also served as Senior Advisor/Deputy Director a.i. in the Office of Emergency Programmes and as Director in charge of UN coherence issues. He also led the preparation of Joint UN Programmes supporting the Afghan National Development Strategy as UNICEF Representative in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2006.