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Gunilla Olsson


Gunilla Olsson was appointed as the Director of the UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti in 2020. Prior to her current position she was serving in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General as Head of the Transition Team for the repositioning of the UN development system. Gunilla served as the UNICEF Representative in Indonesia from 2014 to 2017 and as UNICEF Director of Governance, United Nations and Multilateral Affairs from 2010 to 2014. In addition to her UNICEF experience, Gunilla has held several senior leadership positions over the course of her career and led many complex change processes, including as Executive Director of Change and Reform and Director of Policy at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), as Director and Deputy Head of the Department for Global Development and Head of Policy and Projects at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and in various capacities at other bilateral and multilateral agencies. Gunilla has more than 35 years of experience working on child rights, sustainable development, poverty and equity, in the field, at UN headquarters and in government. She holds a degree in Social Anthropology, Economic History and Political Science from the University of Stockholm and has completed specialized courses on leading change, including at Harvard Business School.