UNICEF executive to head Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund

Published June 1, 1999



A program manager with UNICEF Canada with broad experience in the field of development work, fundraising and working with volunteers has been selected as the new director of the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund.

The Primate, Archbishop Michael Peers, announced in May that Andrew Ignatieff, 48, of Tor-onto, would assume leadership of PWRDF in August.

PWRDF is an agency of the Canadian Anglican Church. Its mission statement describes its tasks as participating in development work, responding to emergencies, protecting refugees and educating and advocating for social change.

The director’s position has been vacant since last December when Robin Gibson, the former director, died after a long illness.

As program manager for UNICEF Canada, Mr. Ignatieff evaluates programs in Latin America, francophone Africa and Central Europe. He is also responsible for liaison between UNICEF field offices and the Canadian International Development Agency.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Trent.

Mr. Ignatieff has more than 18 years experience in program administration including in the development of administrative systems, of project proposals and of assessment tools.

He has represented agencies and organizations in negotiations with governments and also has experience in public policy formulation, in communications, in fundraising and in development education.

Among his previous positions, Mr. Ignatieff has been project manager for Health Reach at McMaster University. He has held several positions with Save The Children Canada, including serving as director of volunteer services, director of the Peru program and program manager for Latin America and francophone Africa.


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