Gerrit has been with UNICEF for the last ten years. He has previous experience working in the private and NGO sector. He started his career as a Media Officer at UNICEF UK and subsequently worked in Nigeria and India on challenging communication and crisis assignments.
For the last five years Gerrit has led and grown a team introducing social media and digital enagement to UNICEF by pioneering innovative approaches such as digital citizenship and safety as well as promoting the use of social media for deeper dialogue with diverse UNICEF audiences. His team is in charge of managing UNICEF’s growing global Facebook and Twitter communities.. Gerrit has also been rolling out a substantial training and knowledge push on social media acrossUNICEF. Through the collective effort of like-minded colleagues in different parts of the world, UNICEF has become one of the leading non-profits in social media in 2012. Gerrit is a German national, holding a MA in Communication Science and Political Studies from the University of Leipzig.