Gillian Mellsop, Representative, UNICEF China
UNICEF and China have a long history of collaboration. In 1947, China became the first country in Asia to welcome a partnership with UNICEF, and its first program provided emergency relief services to children. Today, China's phenomenal growth in per capita income masks the complex problems that continue to face a very large number of Chinese children.
In this talk, Gillian Mellsop, Representative, UNICEF China, will discuss how the Chinese government has made enormous strides in the areas of children's education, health and nutrition, and remaining challenges as China deals with children's issues.
Gillian Mellsop became UNICEF's eleventh Representative in China in April 2011. Prior to China, Ms. Mellsop served as UNICEF Representative in Kathmandu, Nepal from 2006 to 2011.
Ms. Mellsop began her international development career with New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the External Aid Division (1979-1982). She then joined the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) (1984-2003). Her work with AusAID included serving in Australian Missions in Bangladesh, Laos and India (also covering Nepal and Bhutan). She was also involved in managing Australia's aid programs in the Pacific, Papua New Guinea and the Philippines. Prior to joining UNICEF, she was the Director of AusAID's UN and Commonwealth Section.
Ms. Mellsop received her bachelor's degree in Anthropology and History from the University of Auckland.