Nina Ferencic, MA, PhD, is an expert on HIV/AIDS, adolescent health and development, communication for social change, child rights and gender-sensitive approaches to human development. She has 25 years of experience in influencing policies and programmes for improving equity, resilience and health outcomes among marginalized, socially excluded populations. She has built partnerships and programmes for improving the quality of health, education and social services for prevention, treatment, care and protection of populations with multiple deprivations who are most vulnerable to HIV infection, particularly women, children and young people. The geographical focus of her work has been poor and middle-income countries, mostly in Latin America and the Caribbean and in eastern Europe and central Asia.
Nina has held senior positions with the World Health Organization, including as an adviser on monitoring and evaluation in health promotion, and with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), as team leader for Financial Initiatives, where she was responsible for collaboration with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. She currently works at the UNICEF Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, where she is the senior adviser and chief of the HIV/AIDS and Young People's Health, Development and Participation section.
Nina holds a university degree in sociology from City University of New York and a Masters and a PhD in Communication, Arts and Sciences from the Annenberg School of Communications, University of Pennsylvania, USA. She is fluent in Croatian, English, French and Spanish and has basic knowledge of Russian.