FORA.tv Speaker - Ann Venemen
Ann M. Veneman assumed the leadership of UNICEF on May 1, 2005, becoming the fifth Executive Director to lead UNICEF. At UNICEF she directs a global agency of more than 10,000 staff and annual total resources of about $3 billion, funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of governments, businesses, foundations and individuals.
As the children's agency of the United Nations, UNICEF works on the ground in more than 150 developing and transitional countries to help children survive and thrive. The world's largest provider of vaccines for poor countries, UNICEF works to advance the Millennium Development Goals by supporting child health and nutrition, quality basic education, access to clean water and sanitation and the protection of children from violence, exploitation and AIDS.
Prior to joining UNICEF, Veneman served as Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture from 2001 to 2005. She earned her bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of California, Davis; a master's degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley; and a juris doctorate degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.
She serves as a board member of the Close Up Foundation, a nonpartisan civic education organization, and has served previously on a number of advisory councils and committees.
04.10.08 | 01:11:56 min
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