Port-au-Prince, 14 August 2018 – Ms. Maria Luisa Fornara is the new UNICEF Representative in Haiti. She replaces Mr. Marc Vincent who has spent nearly three and a half years in this position serving Haitian children.
Ms. Fornara arrived in Haiti on August 2, 2018, after completing three years of service as UNICEF Representative in Peru. There she managed the design and implementation of the 2017-2021 Cooperation Programme, which has led the country to position violence against children and adolescents as a main priority in the public agenda, among other relevant issues.
From 2009 to 2015, she was Representative of UNICEF Tunisia. During that period while Tunisia was transitioning towards democracy, she contributed to focus the country´s national efforts on public policies of promotion and protection of the rights of Tunisian children.
Prior to her position as Representative, Maria Luisa Fornara was UNICEF Deputy Representative in Tunisia and Serbia. She has a wide range of work experience in international cooperation; she was program officer at UNDP, consultant for the World Bank in Lebanon, and researcher of the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI).
UNICEF’s Representative holds a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences from the Ecoles de Hautes Etudes in Paris (1994), a diploma in Public Policies and Promotion of Child Rights from Maastricht University in Holland (2007), and has completed studies and specializations from Oxford Policy Management and the Institute of the World Bank.
Italian by birth, Ms Fornara is fluent in Italian, English, French and Spanish. She also has a basic knowledge of Arabic.
For more information:
Cornelia Walther, UNICEF Haiti communication chief, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jean Panel Fanfan, UNICEF Haiti communication officer, email@example.com