Ms. Christine Knudsen joined UN-Habitat in January 2020. She is a dynamic leader and advocates with a demonstrated history of working through partnerships to effect lasting change in policy and practice. She is skilled in strategic planning, humanitarian operations and policy, non-profit management, corporate social responsibility, emergency management, and international relations.
As Sphere Executive Director, Christine worked with a global humanitarian community leading a process of collective review and revision of the flagship Sphere Handbook, the most widely used reference framework in the sector.
She has over 20 years of humanitarian experience, formerly the Humanitarian Partnerships Manager in UNICEF’s Office of Emergency Programmes, she has negotiated and built common policies on key issues with the United Nations, the Red Cross, and the NGO community. Before joining UNICEF, she also worked with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
Ms. Knudsen holds a Master’s degree in International Relations and Affairs from The Johns Hopkins University.