“A Destiny in the Making: From Wall Street to Unicef in Africa” by Boudewijn Mohr is published
“A Destiny in the Making: From Wall Street to Unicef in Africa”
by Boudewijn Mohr is published
A must-read for business people interested in a humanitarian challenge, newcomers to the United Nations and all others who care about Africa
About the Book:
When a Wall Street banker takes the side of developing countries in feature articles reviewing the impact of the global sovereign debt crisis of the 1980s, it is time to leave banking. He is attracted to Unicef’s vision and goal of Health for All and its tireless pursuit of structural economic adjustment with a human face. In Africa, Boudewijn Mohr jumps into Unicef’s hands-on work in health, education, water and sanitation and child protection projects. He spearheads the clearing of landmines in Mozambique, and engages with African youth throughout his travels on the continent. He plays football with former child soldiers in Monrovia; tours Nouakchott with street children, witnesses first-hand a diamond mine that exploits child labour near Kenema in the rebel-infested east of Sierra Leone. His stories are both an adventure and the search of fulfilment but at the same time a call to all those who want to do more and are uncertain of what the world holds.
About the Author:
Prior to joining Unicef in 1985, Boudewijn Mohr was a senior international corporate banker in New York with Chase Manhattan Bank and later Société Générale's branch. Joining Unicef in Geneva, his initial brief was to support the National Committees of Unicef in Europe to diversify their sources of income, more specifically through designing strategies for building partnerships and raising funds with European companies. He subsequently worked for over 25 years with Unicef in Africa, which took him to 36 countries on the continent. Boudewijn Mohr has written extensively for Unicef on the state of children and women in Africa. A national of the Netherlands, he holds a Master’s degree in Law from Leiden University and an MBA from the European Business School INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.
Part of the proceeds from this book are going to the 'Hands-Up Foundation', a British charity working with Syrian doctors and nurses in northern Syria under harsh circumstances.
5.0 out of 5 stars
It throws a fascinating light on the workings of a great international organisation
“This is an inspiring story of how a promising international career in banking turned into disillusionment, triggering a high-risk switch into a new career within Unicef and a life of compassion, adventure and leadership in Africa. It throws a fascinating light on the workings of a great international organisation, tells of the adaptability of the author and his family to new environments and is a tribute to his and his family’s deeply-felt humanity in their devoted work among some of the poorest peoples of the world.”
5.0 out of 5 stars
I like it: fresh
I like it: fresh, sincere, well-written. Not only interesting, but entertaining and amusing. The story on demining is very moving.
Ruth Ansah Ayisi
5.0 out of 5 stars
An inspirational and enjoyable read, particularly for anyone working or thinking of working in the humanitarian sector.
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