Senior Adviser on Innovation and Deputy
Tanya Accone leads UNICEF’s work to scale up proven innovations in multiple countries around the world. Her team has supported 85 countries to adopt and adapt new technologies and approaches. These initiatives in youth empowerment and engagement, digital health, human-centred design, real-time information and access to information have positively affected the lives of 115 million people.
Accone's career has focused on helping international public and private sector organizations understand how to amplify their impact through the convergence of innovation, communication and technology. She has nurtured various innovation and technology for development initiatives, established and led UNICEF’s global human capital futures and analytics portfolio, spearheaded the development of Internet businesses and content portals throughout the African continent, and was part of the inaugural team that launched the Washington Post online. Accone is a futurist and journalist by training.