Geeta is currently serving as Principal Adviser, Organizational Culture in UNICEF. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the organization’s efforts to strengthen its workplace culture and making it more anchored in UNICEF’s core values: care, respect, integrity, trust, and accountability. She mobilizes different parts of UNICEF around organizational culture efforts and works closely with staff at all levels to help make UNICEF ‘simply the best’ place to work. She has been in this role since June 2019.
Geeta began her career as a Junior Professional Officer (JPO) in Bamako, Mali in 1996, and her most recent position was as the UNICEF Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where she led a team of around 40 staff to deliver results for children in a complex, post-conflict setting. Prior to this, she held numerous positions with UNICEF in strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, social policy, and programme management in Jordan, South Africa, Viet Nam, and New York HQ. She has also worked as a Policy Analyst on Children’s Rights with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), as it was known then.
She is a national of Canada, and was born in Fiji. She has a Master of Arts in International Affairs from Carleton University in Ottawa, and a BA (Hons) in Political Science from the University of British Columbia. She is married, and is raising two teenagers who inspire and challenge her every day.