CRS Seminar: The UN & UNICEF in War and Peace: A 34 Year Professional & Personal Journey

October 12, 2016 @ 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM
519 Kaneff Tower
4700 Keele St
North York, ON M3J
Michele Millard

Speaker: Niloufar Pourzand, former CFO of UNICEF’s Uttar Pradesh Field Office, India

Niloufar will be sharing some of her more significant professional and personal experiences working for the UN and UNICEF in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, the Eastern Caribbean, Indonesia and India at the national and sub-national level during the past 34 years. She will be situating these experiences within the vastly varied context of each of these locations, with children and women’s rights being a thread running throughout. Some of the contextual parameters will include those of revolutions, wars and conflicts, displacements,  post-conflict and post-Soviet transitions, small island developing states as well as those of highly-populated middle-income countries with persistent inequalities.  The various roles and initiatives of the UN and UNICEF in improving the status of children and women, especially the marginalised, will be shared. This will provide an overview of Niloufar’s experiences and the work she has initiated, led and/or been part of in the course of her career with some insights into the overall role of the UN and UNICEF in advancing the rights of children and women. It is expected that this will set the tone for interactions with attending students and professors especially in view of their own research/work or perceptions and questions about the UN and UNICEF.

Niloufar Pourzand has worked in six countries and five regions of the world with the UN and UNICEF with a focus on children and women’s rights. During this period, she has led sectoral work on gender&education, child protection and social policy for UNICEF as well as held senior managerial positions. Niloufar has a PhD in Sociology, Gender & Ethnic Studies, with a thesis on Afghan educated refugee women in Pakistan and their agency, from the University of Greenwich in the UK. As a child, Niloufar lived and studied in Japan, Canada, Austria, Pakistan, Poland and Iran. Niloufar is Iranian-Canadian and has recently rejoined her family in Toronto.

This talk will be followed by a CRS Meet and Greet (4:00 reception in 519 Kaneff Tower)