Innovating for Children

Kidus Asfaw leads Partnerships for UNICEF Innovation where he is responsible for bridging the needs of 1.2 billion children to the opportunities private sector technology brings. Innovation at UNICEF is a collaboration that translates ideas, technologies, and partnerships into products, services, and processes to bring about better, more equitable results for children.

Starting with his first UNICEF job as a product manager in Kampala, Uganda, Kidus has 40+ country deployments under his belt and the rare holistic exposure to the real needs of children and their mother, and the power technology and business brings to advancing their lives.

Having grown up in Ethiopia, Kidus has seen firsthand how the lack of access to information was marginalizing its most vulnerable citizens. He has been inspired by this experience to combine his love for technology with his passion for public service to empower youth through technology. Before joining UNICEF, Kidus worked at the World Bank, Accenture, and Google. He is a graduate of Princeton University and Duke University.



  • Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Event Details

Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Venue: Hampshire House, 84 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108


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UNICEF’s Boston Speaker Series Committee



  • Barbara Eisenson
  • Barrie Landry
  • Susan Littlefield


  • Kate Brizius
  • Nancy Caraboolad
  • Linda Corbin
  • Mary Cornille
  • Diane Currier
  • Gitika Marathay Desai
  • Gretchen Effgen
  • Pamela Feingold
  • Beth Floor
  • Annie Halvorsen
  • Dan Hogan
  • Jeannette Hsu-McSweeney
  • Kimberlea Jeffries
  • Kathryn Lasky
  • Pamela Lesser




  • Shaida Mohamed
  • Lorraine Nelson
  • Jeryl Oristaglio
  • Hyun-A Park Friis
  • Marcel Quiroga
  • Patty Ribakoff
  • Joy Saini
  • Jan Saragoni
  • Dina Selkoe
  • Willow Shire