Alumni Profile

Louis Vigneault-Dubois, a York alumnus

Louis Vigneault-Dubois

Degree: Bachelor of Arts (International Studies)
Graduated: 2004
Current Position: Chief of Communications, UNICEF

Current Career: Chief of Communication - I manage communications and external relations for UNICEF's operations in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. It involves coordinating advocacy efforts with the host government to ensure that children's rights are high on the national agenda. It also involves making sure that UNICEF's contribution to the development is well understood by donor governments and the public in general.

Why I think I'm living a great life: I combine my 2 passions: international affairs and communications.

How I got here: After graduation from York, I continued my graduate studies in Paris in Journalism. I started with the United Nations system in Paris as a Media Officer and moved onto various positions in the field in Africa and Haiti.

Thing that made the biggest difference: The combination of International Studies and Journalism was the perfect match to work for the United Nations in Communication.

How I'm using my degree in my career: The basis of research methodology and intellectual integrity are taught from the beginning of university studies. Moreover, York offers excellent opportunities for international experience which is crucial when working for the United Nations.

What I've learned: It is important to fix yourself an objective (short, medium and long-term) and that each step contributes to reaching that objective. You have to be persistent and accept compromise in your career path in order to reach your set objective.