Communication Specialist, UNICEF
Malene Jensen is a communication specialist with UNICEF in New York where she works in the Goodwill Ambassador Program. She has travelled extensively with UNICEF, especially to regions where children and their families have been impacted by grueling poverty, conflict and natural disasters. Jensen has visited countries such as Chad, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Lebanon and Nigeria to speak with women and children and help amplify their voices. Last year, she was in South Sudan and Syria to help raise awareness and support for some of the most vulnerable children in the world, including those who have been displaced by conflict. Before joining UNICEF, Jensen worked in Syria from 2001 to 2006—prior to the outbreak of the current conflict—first with UNRWA, the United Nations Agency that works with Palestine Refugees, and later with the Delegation of the European Commission to Syria. She has also worked for The Associated Press in New York and Agence France-Presse in the Philippines. She has a master’s degree in international and public affairs from Columbia University in New York, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Hunter College in New York.