Welcome UNIS Alumni! These pages are designed for alumni, parents of alumni and former faculty and staff. Our goal is to help you reconnect with your classmates, friends and teachers. We encourage you to become involved in our alumni activities, dedicate time to help us reach out to others and show your support for our school by participating in our fundraising effort.
We have a UNIS Alumni LinkedIn group where you can find your friends and network with other alumni. This is part of our continued effort to expand our outreach and keep our alumni community strong and connected.
Update your Alumni profile and plan your visit below.
“Memories and friends...my thirteen years at UNIS totally shaped my open views about people from all walks of life, inspired me to pursue a career that enables me to impact others' lives and has informed the way that I lead my life."
"Giving to UNIS means supporting the ideals of diversity and peace for our children. It is inspiring to see that UNIS continues to regard academic excellence and a respect for all at the highest level. I know this close-knit, supportive and inclusive community is invaluable for my daughter's happiness and success. Simply, UNIS is more than a school - it is family." Dr. Emmanuel (Sonny) Ago ‘87
UNIS graduates are proud of their education. Many of our closest friends today are those we met while at UNIS. Our multicultural education gave us an extraordinary appreciation and understanding of others. Many of us continue to benefit today from the language education we received from native speaking teachers who shared not only their mother tongue but also their history and their customs. Alumni often tell us that their UNIS education continues to influence them throughout their adult life.
Please join us and make your gift to the UNIS Fund. Every gift is important, meaningful, and deeply appreciated. Strong participation in the UNIS Fund is critical in securing outside funding from foundations, governments and corporations, and also encourages other alumni to consider a gift of their own. We hope you will help us demonstrate how strong alumni support is for our school by participating in the UNIS Fund. Together we can make a difference in the education of the next generation of UNIS alumni.Neil Smith ’81UNIS Fund Alumni Co-Chair
A donation to the UNIS Fund is one of the most meaningful gifts you can make to our students in support of A Better World.
Plan Your Visit
Please read the alumni visitor policy below and fill out the visitor form prior to your visit. Thank you!
In general, visiting times should be limited to Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. We request that you not plan a visit for a school holiday, such as Wednesday-Friday of Thanksgiving, or during the summer.
If you are planning to visit the school in order to see a faculty or staff member, we request that the faculty member inform the security staff of the day and approximate time of the visit. If you arrive and we have not been informed by the faculty or staff person, we will try to locate the faculty member and have him/her come to meet you in the lobby.
Please let security know you attended UNIS, and provide identification. We will look up your name in the alumni database, retain the ID and provide you with an alumni pass. Please keep the pass visible at all times while on campus.
If you wish to come to the school simply to visit, let us know and we will go through the same process. You will be able to walk through the school on your own; we request that you complete your visit by 5:00 p.m. Naturally, these procedures will not apply if you are coming to attend an event at the school, as those situations will have separate registration procedures.
UNIS is a remarkable school! Here is a sampling of testimonials some of our alumni have shared with us.
“It is with great pride that I am one of the many whom went to school at UNIS. I graduated in 1983 and embarked on the right foot and on the right path of knowledge and success. The days at UNIS were definitely very well spent and provided the foundation for my numerous endeavors to date. I learned much about the cultures and the ways of the world. I made friends who I am only still connected to today. Graduation in the United Nations General Assembly Hall is a memory I will always cherish.”
Defne Erginler ‘83
“I'm happy to have reconnected with UNIS Alumni. Being at UNIS was one of the best academic and cultural experiences for me."
Anistecia Bongo ‘06
“It was the faculty, their contagious enthusiasm, and creativity that made UNIS such a remarkable place.”
David Lachmann ‘77
“Memories and friends...my thirteen years at UNIS totally shaped my open views about people from all walks of life, inspired me to pursue a career that enables me to impact others' lives and has informed the way that I lead my life. I wish all people could have (even for just one week) the UNIS experience....perhaps, it would enable us to understand that despite the various cultures we come from, and the diverse beliefs we hold -- we are all members of the HUMAN RACE! I am forever grateful for the people whom I met, the teachers who shared their wisdom with me and the multitude of benefits I have since received as a direct result of having attended the United Nations International School!”
Liz Ngonzi ‘88
Tell us what UNIS means to you. Submit your own testimonial to Brigid Berger at firstname.lastname@example.org to be posted and shared.
Class Ambassadors 1960’s/1970’s
1962 Margaret R. Bloebaum &Robert Hahn
1966 Jane Lerner
1967 Paul Jankowski
1968 Inda Sechzer
1969 Hernán Reyes
1970 Jennifer Mathieu
1971 Nina Chacko
1972 Mia Goldman
1973 Philip Corradini
1974 Alain Chesnais
1975 Pia Chesnais
1976 Steven Ekstract & Rona Wronker
1977 Daniel Levitas &Wendy Sobey
1978 Willie Weinbaum
1979 Aviva Chansky Guttmann
Class Ambassadors 1980’s
1981 Erin Kelly & Almaz Zelleke
1982 Timur Friedman
1983 Susie Tanenbaum
1984 Alex Grossman
1985 Veronique Chesnais Christenson
1986 Kira When & Delphine Michaud
1987 Michael Bobbitt & Sonny Ago
1988 Elizabeth Ngonzi
1989 Robert Whelan
Class Ambassadors 1990’s
1990 Dieomabu Neneh Diallo
1991 Amal Shady
1992 Tejal Shah
1993 Udai Tambar
1994 Marie Claire Lim Moore
1995 Alexander (Sasha) Bouis
1996 Damian Jackson
1997 David Miller
1998 Nicole Cramer
1999 Ashwini Jayaratnam
Class Ambassadors 2000’s
2000 Lisa Van Eydenhoven & Anna Friedberg
2002 Allie Brown & Stephanie van Hassel
2003 Katie Williams
2004 Hanna Jamal & Kate Friedberg
2005 Marielle Mindlin
2006 Abimbola Dairo
2009 Maya Kurien
2011 Rajko Radovanovic
2012 Angelique Ray
2013 Emily Margolin
Regional Alumni Ambassadors
Afghanistan: Pia Chesnais
Austria: Francesca Cook-Hagen
Botswana: Salim Mosidinyane
Canada: Alain Chesnais
Egypt: Othaylat Suliman
France: Katherine Thorup, Timur Friedman
Israel Yaniv: Azar
Kenya: Othaylat Suliman
Norway: Francesca Cook-Hagen
Switzerland: Paula Dupraz-Dobias
Turkey Yasemin Dobra-Manco
Uganda: Othaylat Suliman
United Arab Emirates: Othaylat Suliman
United Kingdom: Alexandra Bourdelon
UNIS Fund Alumni Ambassadors
2014-2015 UNIS Fund Alumni Chair: Neil Smith, Class of 81
1971 Marie-Helene Chatel
1978 Xavier Cabanne
1981 Neil Smith
1982 Francesca Cook-Hagen
1983 Brad C. Deutsch
1984 Andrew J. Brust
Lance H. Brown
1987 Carl Haacke
2009 Maya Kurien