Mr Schwenk has worked with the United Nations for 24 years, and with UNICEF for 19 years. He started his career with NGOs in Germany in the area of development cooperation. In 1995 he joined the United Nations, working first with UNRWA in Jordan and since 2000 serving with UNICEF in Niger, India, Denmark, Bhutan and now in Malawi. He holds a Masters Degree in Modern Middle East, Political Science and History from the Free University of Berlin. He is a German national, born 1964, married and has two children.