Under-Secretary-General appoints Francyne Harrigan as Chief of Strategic Communications and Advocacy in Bangkok

United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP Dr. Noeleen Heyzer has appointed Francyne Harrigan as Chief of Strategic Communications and Advocacy in Bangkok, Thailand serving the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). Ms. Harrigan, who comes to this post with two decades of experience in journalism and strategic media communication with multilateral and international organisations, took up her duties on 4 April 2011.

Ms. Harrigan brings with her a wealth of experience in print, radio, television and online media communication in the USA, Europe and Asia and the Pacific, as well as in designing and implementing media strategies for multilateral institutions and international organisations.

Prior to joining ESCAP, Ms. Harrigan was Head of the Development Projects Department at the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU). Based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, she was responsible for managing relationships with Asia-Pacific national, terrestrial broadcasters with financial support garnered from multilateral institutions such as the Asian Development Bank (ADB), United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and UNESCAP. This involved developing and distributing news and documentary programming with broadcasters from across the region. This also involved covering international conferences and producing news packages that were distributed via broadband and satellite to ABU broadcasters across Asia-Pacific. Issues covered focused on sustainable development, including HIV, climate change and emergency preparedness. Under Ms. Harrigan's direction, the department's budget supported by external funds grew four-fold to exceed US$1,000,000.

This is Ms. Harrigan's second assignment to Bangkok. Her first, ten years ago, saw her working with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) where she developed and implemented a media strategy aimed at raising the organisation's profile in Thailand. Prior to moving to Asia, Ms. Harrigan spent seven years in Washington, DC working in a communications capacity on development and human rights issues, with spells on Capitol Hill and at World Bank headquarters.

Ms. Harrigan holds a Masters degree in International Communications from the University of Leeds and a Bachelors Degree Joint Honours in History/Politics from the University of London. Ms. Harrigan is a UK citizen.