Afshan Khan has been an international public servant for over 25 years. She is currently Director of Emergency Programs for UNICEF, where she has also held other senior positions including that of Director of Public-Sector Alliances and Resource Mobilization; Associate Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa; and the UNICEF Representative in Jamaica. Ms. Khan has extensive field experience including assignments in Kenya; Mozambique; Eastern Zaire (Congo); and Colombia. She also has broad United Nations-wide expertise stemming from assignments with the Inter-Agency Standing Committee for Humanitarian Affairs (IASC) in Geneva; the Executive Office of the Secretary-General; and the United Nations Development Group. From 2012 to 2014 Ms. Khan took leave from the United Nations to become the CEO of Women for Women International in order to transition this organization after the departure of its founder.
Ms. Khan was born in Hyderbad, India, and grew up in Montreal, Canada.