Since January 2005, I have been the Country Representative for UNICEF in the Arab Republic of Egypt and retire this year. In previous UNICEF assignments, I served five years in the India Country Office as the Deputy Representative for Programmes and also served as Chief, Programme Communication/Social Mobilization in New York Headquarters when I first joined the organization in 1995.
I have a background in academia and prior to joining UNICEF, I was an Assistant Professor at the Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, served as Chair of the Health Communication/Health Education Programme and supervised the International Communication Enhancement Centre. Previously, I was the Director of the Southeast Regional Support Centre, which provided training/technical assistance in the field of mental health and substance abuse to programmes in the southeastern United States and the Caribbean.
As a public health and communication for development (C4D) specialist , I have worked more than fifteen years in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean in the areas of community-based development, nutrition and health programming. A key focus of my work has been on promoting behaviour and social change through participatory methodologies and approaches. Most recently I haveled the UNICEF team in supporting national partners in the collective fight against Female Genital Mutilation, promotion of child rights and quality education, especially for girls, advocatcy for child protection systems, adolescent-friendly services, and child survival/development interventions, plus the use of behavior/social change communication to prevent the spread of H5N1 and H1N1 virus among vulnerable populations.
A social-behavioural scientist by training, I hold a Ph.D. in Public Health from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, with a specialization in Health Behaviour and Health Education. She also has a Master’s Degree in Social Work (clinical/psychiatric) and B.A. Degree in Psychology. She is a national of both France and the United States.
I am particularly interested in social change and transformation methodologies - both practice, research and M&E dimensions. Within a human rights context, I am also interested in exploring the application of health promotion and social determinants for health principles in development programming.