Afshan Khan

UNICEF Director, Regional Office for Europe and central Asia and special coordinator refugee and migrant response in Europe

Afshan Khan is the UNICEF Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, and the Special Coordinator for the Refuge and Migrant Response in Europe. She is based in Geneva.

Ms. Khan has been an international public servant for over 30 years. Previously she was the Director of Emergency Programmes for UNICEF, and she has also held other senior positions including Director of Public-Sector Alliances and Resource Mobilization; Associate Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa; and the UNICEF Representative in Jamaica. Ms. Khan has extensive field experience including assignments in Kenya; Mozambique; Democratic Republic of Congo; and Colombia. She also has broad United Nations-wide expertise stemming from assignments with the Inter-Agency Standing Committee for Humanitarian Affairs (IASC) in Geneva; the Executive Office of the Secretary- General; and the United Nations Development Group. From 2012 to 2014 Ms. Khan took leave from the United Nations to become the CEO of Women for Women International. In that role, she was responsible for setting the strategic vision and mobilizing the necessary resources for women rebuilding their lives after war.

Ms. Khan was born in Hyderabad, India, and grew up in Montreal, Canada. She has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from McGill University.

11.30 am – 1.15 pm

Friday 25th Feb

Session II: Public Health Security and social protection

Moderated by Liliana Faccioli Pintozzi (Head of International News Sky TG 24)

In times of pandemic, the main goal to start a dialogue between cities is to grant protection from COVID-19, which hasn’t been reached in many
Mediterranean areas yet. Vaccine campaigns international perspectives analysis.

Keynote speech by Zsuzsanna Jakab, Deputy Director General of the WHO, former Regional Director for Europe of the WHO (IN STREAMING)

Keynote speech by Afshan Khan, UNICEF Director, Regional Office for Europe and central Asia and special coordinator refugee and migrant response in Europe

Keynote speech by Arnon Afek, Director of the Sheba General Hospital of Ramat Gan, former Director General of the Public Health Ministry of Israel (IN STREAMING).

12 pm - 1.15 pm: “Urban dialogues”, Mayors' open talk session

During this session mayors will be invited to discuss the topics addressed by the keynote speakers to debate priorities and share possible solutions.