Communications Director and Spokesperson
Dan Thomas leads work on communication and external relations within the Office of the President of the United Nations General Assembly. He also serves as Spokesperson for the President.
Before joining the Office for the 70th session in September 2015 at the request of President Mogens Lykketoft of Denmark, Dan headed up communications, mobilization and outreach for the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Change Team within the Executive Office of the Secretary-General. In 2014 he led communications for the UN Secretary General’s Climate Summit for which he won an award.
A former journalist with Reuters and BBC Television News, Dan joined UNICEF as a multimedia producer in 2000. In 2008, he left the UN system to join the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation (GAVI) – a public-private global health partnership based in Geneva – eventually becoming Acting Director of Communication.
He has travelled to more than 50 countries and lived and worked in Cardiff, Hong Kong, London, Nairobi, Geneva and New York.