Gary Stahl, a US citizen, is a Senior Adviser for Strategic Partnerships in UNICEF. He was the Director of the UNICEF Division of Private Fundraising and Partnerships (PFP) from July 2017 through the end of 2020. Based in Geneva, Switzerland, PFP maximizes private income to UNICEF through fundraising and partnerships and manages the strategic relationship with 33 National Committees for UNICEF in industrialized countries. The partnerships work includes a global Business for Results strategy with SMEs to jointly produce results for children, as well as Shared Value Partnerships with global corporates. PFP also implements global strategies in child rights advocacy and programming in high-income countries, and in communication and brand positioning through a range of partnerships, including with the media, business, civil society and young people.
Mr Stahl joined UNICEF in October 1994 as Coordinator of the Emergency Operation in south-west Rwanda, where he oversaw programme activities for over 400,000 internally displaced people. In 1995, he moved to Kigali, where he served as Chief of Field Operations, and from there to deputy representative in UNICEF Peru.
In April 2000, he became COO, Vice-President of Programs and Treasurer of the NetAid Foundation in New York. From April 2003 until October 2004, Mr Stahl served as UNICEF Representative in Managua, Nicaragua. He then served as Deputy Director of UNICEF’s Public Alliances and Resource Mobilization Office in New York until August 2009, when he assumed the position of UNICEF Representative in Chile. He became UNICEF Representative in Brazil in December 2011, a post he held until becoming Director of PFP.
Mr Stahl has a degree in international studies and Spanish language from Iowa State University and holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. Before joining UNICEF, he worked for many years in Latin America, where he started a clothing company and an interpreting firm. He also worked on Social and Economic Project Appraisal at the Harvard Institute for International Development.
He resides in Geneva with his husband and twin daughters and enjoys all of the outdoor activities available in the area.