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UNICEF has a permanent seat on GAVI’s Board


The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), which has a permanent seat on GAVI’s Board, is a member of GAVI’s Executive Committee, Governance Committee and the Programmes & Policy Committee, and chairs the GAVI Task Force on Advocacy. UNICEF is represented on the GAVI Alliance Board by:

Geeta Rao Rupta

Deputy Executive Director (Representative and Vice Chair)

Geeta Roa GuptaGeeta Rao Gupta is the the Vice Chair of the GAVI Alliance Board and she is UNICEF’s Deputy Executive Director..

Prior to joining UNICEF, she was a Senior Fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she advised the president and leadership of the Global Development Program on their strategies and offered insight on managing projects to achieve the greatest impact. Prior to joining the foundation, Dr. Rao Gupta was president of the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), a position she assumed in 1997 after serving in a variety of roles including consultant, researcher and officer.

She is the recipient of numerous awards, including Harvard University’s 2006 Anne Roe Award and the 2007 Washington Business Journal’s 'Women Who Mean Business' Award. Dr. Rao Gupta has her bachelor’s, master’s, and master of philosophy degrees in psychology from the University of Delhi, and a doctorate in philosophy from Bangalore University in India.

Shanelle Hall

Director of UNICEF Supply Division (Alternate)

Shanelle HallShanelle Hall is the Director of UNICEF Supply Division, the organization’s procurement and logistics headquarters in Copenhagen. She oversees UNICEF’s global supply activities and emergency supply response, with an annual expenditure approaching US$ 3 billion.

She is responsible for both the global availability and local delivery of essential supplies for children in over 150 countries. This is achieved through working with UNICEF programmes, cooperating with governments, and coordinating with UN agencies and other partners.

Prior to joining UNICEF, she worked for nine years in the private sector in the area of energy infrastructure development in a number of countries. She is a US national from Seattle, Washington.


Pneumonia and diarrhoea account for nearly one third-of child deaths in low-income countries.


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