Thomas Davin (from Thain office to HQ NY)
Director Office of Innovation
United Nations Children's Fund
Passionate and result focused executive with 20+ years’ experience in social change and nonprofit sector in four continents in international development and crisis management settings.
21 years in UNICEF, yet Thomas is still indefatigable about finding ways to empower children to reach their true potential as the main solution to many of the world’s current challenge. Now, as the new global innovation director, Thomas and his team focus on spotting innovations that offer transformational potential for children, from data science to AI, machine leaning, blockchain, to product innovations to be picked up and used, so that, together, we create global social goods that advance humanity.
Prior to taking up his current position, Thomas was UNICEF Thailand Representative and was previously UNICEF Representative in Algeria.
Prior to that, Thomas worked as Regional Chief for Disaster Preparedness, Resilience Building and Emergency Response for the Middle East and Northern Africa Region and as Deputy Representative UNICEF Djibouti before that. Before joining UNICEF, he worked with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the OSCE, IRC and a few community‐based French NGOs in Kosovo, Romania, Burkina Faso and France.
Thomas holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a master’s degree in Political Science. Thomas is a French national, he is married and is the father of two beautiful little tornadoes. Loves sports and sci‐fi novels.