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    Youssouf Abdel-Jelil- UNICEF Representative to Syria

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    University of Pennsylvania Fels Institute of Government
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    Representative for UNICEF Syria
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    Youssouf Abdel-Jelil joined UNICEF in 1998 as the Deputy Representative in Lagos, Nigeria. He has since served in various capacities and locations for the UNICEF program, including a time as Senior Policy Advisor to the Comptroller in New York and a stint as Representative in Burundi. Between 2009 and 2012, he was based in Geneva, Switzerland with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as its Regional Team Leader for the Middle East and North Africa.

    In addition to his work with UNICEF, Abdel-Jelil has also held positions in both the public and private sector of Mauritania. This included the role of Managing Director for the country’s largest mining company, Société Nationale Industrielle et Minière (SNIM).

    Through his work with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), alumnus Youssouf Abdel-Jelil has channeled the first two in hopes of ensuring and expanding the third. Currently based in the conflict-ridden nation of Syria, Abdel-Jelil and his team are working tirelessly to meet the basic needs of children affected by the crisis.

    Abdel-Jelil received his Masters in Governmental Administration from the Fels Institue of Government at the University of Pennsylvania in 1989. Reflecting on his time at Fels, Abdel-Jelil values the curriculum’s emphasis on dual competences in technical aspects as well as the political realm. His current role in Syria demands the “negotiating with and building of partnerships with high level governmental and non-governmental counterparts to leverage and mobilize resources to maximize reach to children.” In this regard, Abdel-Jelil credits Fels with furthering his ability to develop a vision and carry out its implementation.