The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO is delighted to announce Vicki Soanes’ appointment to the position of Secretary General.
Vicki has been Acting Secretary General for the past nine months. She was originally recruited to the Secretariat six years ago as the Programme Officer for education and youth. During that time Vicki has led a number of flagship initiatives for the National Commission in New Zealand including ‘Looking Beyond Disaster’ (promoting youth-led disaster resilience), the Associated Schools Network, global citizenship education initiatives and setting up the youth reference group for the National Commission. Vicki led the New Zealand delegation to the 60th Anniversary of the UNESCO Associated Schools Network in Suwon, Korea in 2013, and was part of the delegation to the UNESCO General Conference in Paris the same year, and the recent National Commissions Inter-Regional meeting in Shanghai.
Vicki brings a strong portfolio of skills and experience to the Secretary General role. She has a Masters degree in International Relations and has worked overseas and in New Zealand in civil society organisations, ranging from a poverty alleviation project in Zambia to representing an INGO at the United Nations in New York.