Benjamin Perks is the UNICEF Representative to Montenegro and is responsible for advocating for and supporting reforms that strengthen the human rights of children, particularly with regard to child protection, justice, health, education and early childhood. Most recently, UNICEF in Montenegro supported the government in developing a strategy for increasing pre-school enrollment from 52% to 95% by 2020. He has previously served with UNICEF in Georgia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, India and Albania. In Afghanistan he helped to coordinate the Back to School campaign in the Northern part of the country after the collapse of the Taliban. Nationally, the campaign brought 1 million girls and 2 million boys into school-most of them for the first times in their lives.
In a personal capacity he is currently a Senior Fellow with the University of Birmingham’s Jubilee Centre which researches teaching of on character, social and emotional skills in schools. He holds a Masters Degree in International Relations from the University of Kent at Canterbury and a Bachelors Degree in Politics and History from the University of Hertfordshire. He has recently completed a mid-career programme with the Harvard Graduate School of Education on leadership and Education Reform. He also recently did a TedX talk on adverse childhood experiences. He is a supporter of Tottenham Hotspur Football club and a keen cyclist.