Adrian Edwards is UNHCR’s Canberra-based regional representative since April 2021, with geographical responsibilities for Australia, the Cook Islands, the Republic of Fiji, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of Kiribati, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Nauru, New Zealand, Niue, the Republic of Palau, the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, the Independent State of Samoa, the Solomon Islands, the Kingdom of Tonga, Tuvalu and the Republic of Vanuatu.
Adrian has been with UNHCR since 2009 including as Spokesperson and Head of Global News & Media, and as Representative in Montenegro. In his earlier UN career he worked in Afghanistan with the UN political mission UNAMA, in Timor-Leste with UNMIT, in Sudan with the UN-AU Hybrid mission in Darfur, and in Cambodia where he was a political violence analyst for OHCHR.
Adrian has a background in human rights policy and analysis, and in journalism in the Asia-Pacific, having worked among others with the Far Eastern Economic Review, Reuters, the Economist Intelligence Unit and in South Korea as a radio and TV correspondent for the BBC.
Adrian is British-Swedish. He studied public administration at Harvard, and music in London. He is married to journalist Huongly Buiduong.