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UNBeknownst Episode 13: James Gitau on the dangers and rewards of leading humanitarian work with UNICEF around the globe 

Author: UNB Alumni

Posted on Feb 17, 2022

Category: UNB Fredericton , Management , Podcast


James Gitau (BBA'87,MA'89) came from Kenya to Canada in the 1980s to study at UNB and later returned to Africa to cultivate an esteemed career with UNICEF across the globe. He’s part of UNICEF’s senior leadership and operations group, and over the years has developed cross-cultural team leadership skills and has gained international experience within the humanitarian and development context. He’s currently Deputy Representative, Operations for Yemen.   

In this episode: 

  • How taking the chance to study abroad in Canada during the 1980s changed the course of his life.  
  • James’ perspective on travelling to over 30 countries with UNICEF, and the mystical, fulfilling, and challenging experiences of his career. 
  • How ensuring policy framework and policy changes were fair, transparent and ethical, was an important yet challenging task in many third world countries.  
  • Experiencing diverse cultures and learning the history and heritage of the places he’s travelled to.  

Where to listen: 

Links and resources: 

James’ LinkedIn page: https://www.linkedin.com/in/james-gitau-99b14717/  

UNB Fredericton Faculty of Management: https://www.unb.ca/fredericton/management/  

UNICEF: https://www.unicef.org/ 

Support the Yemin crisis response by UNICEF 

Thanks to: 

Our alumni host, Emily Barner  

Music by alumni artist, Beats of Burden 

Our alumni Affinity Partners, TD Insurance, Manulife, and MBNA Mastercard 

 
 
To listen to UNBeknownst and for more info on the podcast, the hosts and how to subscribe to be alerted to new episodes, visit our website.