Cornelius Williams

Former Director, Child Protection, Programme Division, UNICEF

Cornelius Williams

Cornelius Williams is a highly respected expert with over 35 years of experience in global child protection programming and child rights advocacy. He has worked with international organisations like UNICEF and Save the Children to improve protection for children from exploitation, violence, and abuse.

As the former Global Director for Child Protection at UNICEF, Cornelius led several humanitarian and developmental programs in various child protection areas. He has served on multiple Advisory Boards, including ID4Africa, CPC Learning Network, and Changing the Way We Care. Additionally, Cornelius has been a part of various UN Steering Committees, including the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme Female Genital Mutilation and Global Programme to End Child Marriage and the UN Legal Identity Taskforce.

As a recognised global expert on child protection, he currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Consortium for Street Children and the Global Policy Board of WeProtect Global Alliance.

He is a national of Sierra Leone and holds a Master of Arts in International Child Welfare from the University of East Anglia in the UK.