Jay Aldous assumed the role of Deputy Secretary General in May 2019. Previously, he served as the Director of Resource Mobilization and Outreach for the Convention. Before joining the Secretariat he was a Division Director at the UN World Food Programme where he was responsible for partnerships and resource mobilization, and served as the Chief Marketing and Communications Officer for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF where he oversaw all communications, marketing and fundraising for UNICEF in the United States. He brings to the Convention more than 30 years of experience in management, governance, resource mobilization, communications and working in various capacities with Member States. Jay holds a B.S. in Marketing and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Utah. He is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys spending his free time in nature running, cycling and mountaineering.