Yuan-Kwan Chan Joins United Nations University as Head of Communications

  • 2020•08•04     Tokyo

    4 August 2020, Tokyo – The United Nations University (UNU) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Yuan-Kwan Chan as the new Head of Communications, effective 1 August 2020.

    In this role, Ms Chan will oversee the daily operations of the Tokyo-based UNU Office of Communications, coordinate and facilitate the communications efforts of University’s worldwide network of institutes, and guide the redevelopment and implementation of UNU’s brand and global online presence.

    “I am very pleased to welcome Yuan-Kwan Chan to the UNU family”, said UNU Rector and UN Under-Secretary-General David M. Malone. “With her outstanding track record and wealth of communications experience in both the public and private sectors, I am confident that she will further refine and energise our communications worldwide, thereby enabling UNU to better fulfil its mandate relating to pressing world issues, particularly those of relevance to the Global South.“

    Ms Chan brings to her UNU role more than two decades of communications experience, including 15 years with the United Nations. Prior to joining UNU, she had worked since 2012 in Bangkok as Editor and Head of Office in the Asia‒Pacific region for ReliefWeb ― an information service for humanitarian workers provided by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

    From 2005‒2012, she was a Website Specialist in the headquarters of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), where she served as the primary English online editor with oversight of UNDP’s global digital properties. Her prior experience in the private sector included working as an editorial producer with The New York Times and as an associate producer with CNN.

    Ms Chan holds a Master of Science degree in Journalism from Northwestern University (IL, USA) and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Marketing from the College of William & Mary (VA, USA).

    “I am excited to be part of the UNU as it continues to contribute important research to the humanitarian and development communities”, Ms Chan said. “I thank the Rector for his confidence in giving me this challenging opportunity and look forward to working with UNU Centre staff, our 14 institutes, and the UNU Council.”

    Journalists who would like more information, or who wish to speak with the new UNU Head of Communications, may contact Ms Chan by e-mail (yuankwan.chan@unu.edu).

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    About the United Nations University (UNU)

    UNU, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a go-to think tank for impartial research on the pressing problems of human survival, development, and welfare. With more than 400 researchers worldwide, UNU’s core mission is to generate research that makes a difference on the big issues and encourages the rethinking of existing policies and perspectives. http://unu.edu/

    About the UNU Office of Communications

    The Office of Communications, at UNU Centre in Tokyo, implements and oversees UNU’s communications strategy ― including web presence and social media, visual identity, branding, media relations, and content development/delivery in English and Japanese ― and collaborates with staff across UNU’s network of institutes to meet the University’s global communications goals.