Dan Seymour is currently UN Women Deputy Director of Programmes, having previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff/ Strategic Planning Advisor to the Executive Director.
He began his career as Save the Children UK’s first Human Rights Officer. He has worked in government as an advisor on child rights to Robin Cook, the UK Foreign Secretary, with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Kosovo Mission as a human rights monitor and head of office, and as Save the Children Alliance Representative to the United Nations in New York.
He joined the UN with UNICEF in 2002 working first in the Child Protection Section of Programme Division, then as Planning and Social Policy Officer in the Viet Nam Country Office, and finally as Chief of UNICEF’s Gender and Rights Unit. During that time he was elected chair of the OECD/ DAC’s Human Rights Task Team. In 2010 he went to UN Women to support its establishment.
He is a graduate of Oxford University with degrees in Political Science and Economics and in Human Rights Law and Theory. Dan is a UK national with two young daughters.