Bhutan Dialogues 34: Growing up in COVID's shadow
Speaker: Dr. Will Parks
Will is the representative of UNICEF Bhutan Country Office. For the last 26 years in over 40 countries, Will has led the design and management of programmes that have achieved strong results for children as well as built the capacities of communities, governments, civil society organizations, academia, the private sector, media, and international agencies. He specializes in economic policy, communication, public health, and evaluation.Before his appointment as UNICEF Representative in Bhutan, Will was UNICEF Representative in the Islamic Republic of Iran, successfully expanding UNICEF’s network of government and private sector partners to achieve important results for children and adolescents. Prior to Iran, he was UNICEF’s Chief of Field Operations in Iraq, contributing to the leadership of the agency’s response to one of the world’s most complex humanitarian crises. Before Iraq, Will was the Deputy Representative for UNICEF in Nepal coordinating a US$28 million per annum programme that delivered outcomes for children and women in the most vulnerable parts of this post-conflict, disaster-prone country. Earlier in his career, Will successfully led a series of new economic policy, planning and
evidence-based advocacy initiatives as the Chief of Policy, Advocacy, Planning and Evaluation in
UNICEF Pacific’s multi-country office. He has worked extensively with the Australian Government, the Asian Development Bank, the UK Department for International Development, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, the World Health Organization, and UNICEF’s Regional Offices for East Asia and the Pacific, South Asia, and East and Southern Africa.
Host: Dr. Karma Phuntsho
A Buddhist author, thought leader, and the founder/President of the Loden Foundation. He is Write-in Digital-Residence for the Buddha Nature of the Tsadra Foundation.