Dr. Luwei Pearson

Acting Associate Director and Chief of Health Programme


Dr. Luwei Pearson is the acting Associate Director and Chief of Health Programme, UNICEF NYHQ. In this role, she provides strategic leadership, management support and overall direction to UNICEF’s global health programme.

Dr. Pearson has worked with UNICEF for over 20 years at HQ, regional and country levels. In 2013, Dr. Pearson received a special recognition from Government of Ethiopia for contributions to strengthening primary health care.

An expert in strengthening primary health care with a focus on maternal, newborn and child health programmes, Dr. Pearson has worked in China, Pakistan, Nepal, Ethiopia, Hong Kong and United States with UN agencies, CSOs, and Academia.

A pediatrician by training, Dr. Pearson has additional masters degrees in biochemistry, virology and epidemiology and has contributed to over 15 publications /journal articles. Dr. Pearson speaks English and Chinese, and would welcome short conversations in Amharic, Hindi, Nepali and Urdu.