Experts' profiles - Neil Ford
Neil Ford
Based in New York, Neil Ford is Chief of Media and Communications for the UN Population Fund, UNFPA. He started his UN career with UNICEF, where he was Regional Chief of Communication for Development, based first in Nairobi and then in Dakar.

His work for UNICEF focused on the use of communication to help marginalized people claim rights and participate effectively in development programmes. For example, he developed communication strategies to engage teenage girls on gender issues related to HIV, such as casual sex with boyfriends or sex with older men (sugar daddies), or to change social norms and help communities abandon female genital cutting.

His work has been published in the International Journal of Childrens Rights, the Journal of Health Communication and the Journal of Development Communication. Neil holds an M.Phil in the Sociology and Politics of Development from the University of Cambridge and undergraduate degrees in Journalism and Political Studies.

Neil spent the first 10 years of his career as a broadcast journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Among other assignments, he was the first national news reporter based in Northern Canada, reporting from the Arctic on issues such as aboriginal rights, cultural identity and economic development. Neil has also worked as a Field Director in Bhutan for World University Service of Canada, and as a Program Director (Sustainable Livelihoods) for the International Institute for Sustainable Development in Winnipeg.

Married with 11-year-old twins, Neil and his family are getting used to life in New York after spending the last nine years in Africa.
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