The new Representative of UNICEF in Sierra Leone, Dr Hamid El-Bashir Ibrahim, has been officially received by the Government of Sierra Leone at a meeting where he presented his credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Dr Samura M.W. Kamara, on Monday 7 August.
Dr El-Bashir, a Sudanese national, was previously the UNICEF Representative in Eritrea (2009–2013) and Zambia (2013–2017), and has worked for UNICEF in many different countries since joining in 1995. Before this, Dr. El-Bashir served as Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Khartoum from 1988-1995. He is married and has four children.
“It’s a privilege to serve the cause of women and children in Sierra Leone and I’m really excited about working with the Government and partners over the coming years as we work for the sustainable development of the country,” said Dr El-Bashir. “With the amazing work already done as part of the post-Ebola recovery, I think we’re in a good position to bring about life-changing improvements for the children of this country.”
Dr El-Bashir takes over from Mr. Geoff Wiffin, who served as UNICEF Representative in Sierra Leone from 2015 to 2017.