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UNICEF Leadership - The Executive Board

Executive Directors
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Since its inception, UNICEF has been administered by the Executive Director in accordance with the policies determined by the Executive Board. Board members are chosen by ECOSOC from UN member governments, but non-member governments could also be added. The Board officers initially included the Chairman and four Vice-Chairmen and the terms of office based on the calendar year. In 1961, the Programme Committee and the Committee on Administration and Finance were established, each with a Chairman and Vice-Chairman.

In 1963 the terms of office shifted from February 1st  through January 31st, and in 1968 from August 1st through July 31st.

In 1992, the Executive Board decided that there would be due regard for equitable geographic rotation in the election of the Chairman, among the five regional groups. Until then, the chairmanship had alternated each year between industralized and developing countries. 

1994, the two committees were abolished, the Executive Board agreed that the Chairman would be known as President, and  the one-year term of office based on the calendar year was re-instated to the 1946 ruling.

Complete listing of all UNICEF Executive Board Officers

Leadership of the UNICEF Executive Board


2006
- H.E. Mr. Andrei Dapkiunas  

             
Belarus / President




2005
- H.E. Mr. Mehdi Danesh-Yazdi
              Iran / President





2004
- H.E. Mr. Lebohang K. Moleko
           Lesotho / President






2003
- H.E. Mr. Jenö Staehelin
          Switzerland / President
 

 

2002 - H.E. Mr. Andrés Franco
          Colombia / President

 

 

2001 - H.E. Mr. Movses Abelian
          Armenia / President

 



2000
- H.E. Mr. Anwarul K. Chowdhury
          Bangladesh / President







1999
- H.E. Prof. Ibrahim A. Gambari
          Nigeria / President





1998
- H.E. Mr. Michael John Powles
          New Zealand / President






1997
- Dr. Mercedes Pulido de Briceño
          Venezuela / President





1996
- H.E. Ion Gorita
              Romania
/ President




1995
- H.E. Khalil Makkawi
          Lebanon / President

1994
- H.E. Miss Anna Semamba Makinda             Tanzania / President

1993-   H.E. Miss Makinda had been
1994    
elected for the period 1 August
           1993-31 July 1994, served as
           Chairman
until February
           1994,when she became   
           President
, and served until
           31 December 1994 for the
           transition period when the
           terms
           of office and title changed.
 

 

1992 - Mr. Frederick Ward
1993    Canada
/
Chairman

 

 

1991 - Miss Mira Seth
1992   India /
Chairman

 




1990
- Mrs. Lisbet Palme
1991    Sweden
/
Chairman

 

 

1989 - Mrs. Margarita Dieguez
1990   Mexico /
Chairman

 

 

1988 - Ms. Torild Skard
1989   Norway /
Chairman

 

 

1988 - Mr. Makoto Taniguchi
             Japan /
Chairman
 

 



1987
-  Dr. (Mrs.) A.P. Maruping
1988    Lesotho /
Chairman
          (resigned April 1988)






1986
- Mr. Maurizio Bucci
1987   Italy /
Chairman





1985
- Mr. Anwarul K. Chowdhury
1986   Bangladesh /
Chairman





1984
- Dr. Richard Manning
1985   Australia /
Chairman





1983
- Dr. Haydée Martínez de Osorio
1984   Venezuela /
Chairman






1982
- H.E. Mr. Hugo Scheltema
1983   Netherlands /
Chairman







1981
- Mr. Dragan Mateljak
1982   Yugoslavia /
Chairman
 

 

1980 - Mr. Paal Bog
1981   Norway /
Chairman

 

 

1979 - Dr. Zaki Hasan
1980   Pakistan /
Chairman

 



1978
- Mrs. Sadako Ogata
1979    Japan /
Chairman

 



1977
- H.E. Mr. Ferdinand L. Oyono
1978   Cameroon /
Chairman






1976
- Dr. Antonio Ordoñez-Plaja
1977   Colombia /
Chairman





1975
- Dr. Hans Conzett
1976   Switzerland /
Chairman

1974 - Dr. Hans Conzett
1975   Switzerland /
Chairman




1973
- H.E. Mr. Narciso G. Reyes
1974   Philippines /
Chairman

1972 - H.E. Mr. Narciso G. Reyes
1973   Philippines /
Chairman


 

1971 - Mr. Nils Thedin
1972    Sweden /
Chairman

1970 - Mr. Nils Thedin
1971    Sweden /
Chairman



1969
-
 Dr. Ihsan Dogramaci
1970    Turkey /
Chairman
           (resigned April 1970)

1968 -  Dr. Ihsan Dogramaci
1969    Turkey /
Chairman
          





1967
- Dr. Joseph W. Willard
1968   Canada /
Chairman

1966 - Dr. Joseph W. Willard
1967   Canada /
Chairman




1965
- Mrs. Zena Harman
1966   Israel  /
Chairman

1964 - Mrs. Zena Harman
1965   Israel  /
Chairman






1963
- Dr. Miguel E. Bustamante
         Mexico /
Chairman

1962 - Dr. Miguel E. Bustamante
          Mexico /
Chairman






1961
- Mr. W.A.E. Green
          New Zealand /
Chairman





1960
- Mr. F. Schnyder
          Switzerland /
Chairman






1959
- Mr. John Ryan
          Australia /
Chairman




1958
- Mr. Mahmood Shafqat
           Pakistan /
Chairman

1957 - Mr. Mahmood Shafqat
           Pakistan /
Chairman





1956
- Mr. Balachandra Rajan
          India /
Chairman

1955 - Mr.  Balachandra Rajan
          India /
Chairman




1954
- Mr. Auguste R. Lindt
          Switzerland /
Chairman

1953 - Mr. Auguste R. Lindt
          Switzerland /
Chairman



1952
- Mrs. Adelaide Sinclair
          Canada /
Chairman

1951 - Mrs. Adelaide Sinclair
          Canada /
Chairman

1950
- Dr. Ludwik Rajchman
             Poland /
Chairman

1949 - Dr. Ludwik Rajchman
             Poland /
Chairman

1948 - Dr. Ludwik Rajchman
             Poland /
Chairman

1947- Dr. Ludwik Rajchman
             Poland /
Chairman

1956 - Dr. Ludwik Rajchman
             Poland /
Chairman

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