Omar Abdi

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Omar Abdi
عمر عبدي
Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF
Assumed office
July 2014
Appointed by Ban Ki Moon
Personal details
Born Somalia
Profession Diplomat
Religion Islam

Omar Abdi (Somali: Cumar Cabdi, Arabic: عمر عبدي‎‎) is a Somali-Canadian diplomat. He serves as the Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).[1][2]

Prior to this appointment of July 2014 by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Omar Abdi held several positions with UNICEF including Comptroller and Deputy Executive Director / Management (2007-2010).[3]

Personal life[edit]

Abdi was born in Somalia. He obtained a bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1982, a master's degree in regional planning in 1988, and a doctorate in development economics in 1991.


From 1982 to 1986, Omar cabdi served in the Somali government as a Senior Planning Officer in the National Refugee Commission. He later acted as Director of the Planning Department from 1987 to 1989.

In 1992 Omar cabdi became a Programme Officer in Liberia, and was transferred to New York City two years later.[4] From September 1996 to June 1998, he served as a UNICEF Representative in Liberia. Abdi then became UNICEF Representative in Ghana in June 1998.[4] Between June 2000 and 2003, he served as Deputy Director of the Programme Division at United Nations Headquarters.

Abdi subsequently held various positions within UNICEF, including as UNICEF Representative in Islamabad, Pakistan and as UNICEF Director of the Middle East and North Africa Region.[4]

In July 2007, he was appointed to UNICEF Deputy Executive Director by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.[4]