Jéhane Sedky

Senior Adviser, Office of the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for Community Based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti, United Nations

Ms. Sedky is a Senior Adviser at the Office of the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser for Community Based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti, led by Paul Farmer. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Sedky was a Senior Adviser and then acting Head of Office at the Office of the Special Envoy for Haiti, under the leadership of Dr. Paul Farmer and former President Bill Clinton. In this capacity, she supported the leadership of the office in key areas such as strategic planning, partnerships, and media. Prior to this, she served for two years as Senior Adviser to United Nations Assistant Secretary-General Kathleen Cravero, serving as her chief of staff. Prior to her work with Ms. Cravero Ms. Sedky was Chief of Media Relations at UNICEF, where she led a team of 15 press officers and guided UNICEF’s strategic positioning in the global media on issues of children and women’s rights. Earlier, Ms. Sedky was the Strategic Communications Advisor and Spokesperson for the Office of the Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery, led by President Clinton. Ms. Sedky began her UN career as a Press Officer at UNICEF, where for five years she worked closely with Executive Director Carol Bellamy on media issues related to the protection of children and women. Previously she held positions as Assignment Editor at CNN’s International Newsgathering Desk in Atlanta and as a researcher and writer at the Center for Peace Research in Madrid, Spain. She has an undergraduate degree in International Relations from Tufts University with a focus on Middle East studies, and a graduate degree in International Law and Political Science from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva. She has authored a book on children in armed conflict and a chapter in Paul Farmer’s book, Haiti After the Earthquake (June 2011). Jéhane speaks four languages, holds dual citizenship from France and Egypt, and is the proud mother of three children.