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UN Foundation’s Chief Comm Officer Joins Aga Khan Development Network

Aaron Sherinian, United Nations Foundation’s Chief Communications and Marketing officer announced that he is leaving the foundation to join the Aga Khan Development Network as Communications Head.

“It has been an honor and pleasure to learn from you as communications partners,” Sherinian wrote in an email. “Together, we have helped the UN and an emerging global community tell vital stories of cooperation, innovation, and engagement for a better world. “

“The extraordinary team of communications professionals at the UN Foundation has become a trusted group of friends,” he added. “There could be no better set of people to move forward our shared public engagement goals.”

Effective June 1, Sherinian will begin his new role, which is based in Paris. He will report to Aga Khan, founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network, a group of development agencies with mandates that include the environment, health, education, architecture, culture, microfinance, rural development, disaster reduction, the promotion of private-sector enterprise and the revitalization of historic cities.

“We all wish Aaron the best and look forward to working with him in his new role with the Aga Khan Development Network. We are delighted his talents and strengths will be deployed in such an exciting new position,” wrote U.N. Foundation President and CEO Kathy Calvin, in a statement.

“Aaron has led communications and marketing at the UN Foundation for the past eight years — a period of profound change in both the communications sector and in the operating environments in which the United Nations and the UN Foundation work,” she added. “Through that change, Aaron excelled in implementing innovative communications and marketing programs to foster a robust constituency for UN issues and to engage supporters to take action in support of UN priorities.”

Sherinian will advise Khan, develop the network’s communications strategy, advance the reputation of the organization proactively and reactively, and manage the portfolio of a network of 80,000 people across 30 countries, as well as volunteers.