Welcome UNIS Alumni! This page is designed for alumni, parents of alumni and former faculty and staff. On this page you can find out how to reconnect with your classmates, update your information, identify your class ambassador, plan your next visit, catch up on the latest alumni and former faculty news, and find past graduation photos.
Our goal is to help you connect 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.
We have a UNIS Alumni LinkedIn group where you can find your friends and network with other alumni (search "United Nations International School Alumni Group" within LinkedIn). We also have an Alumni Directory (link available below; request access by emailing email@example.com) to help you stay in touch with your classmates. These resources are a part of our continued effort to expand our outreach and keep our alumni community strong and connected.
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 4:00 p.m. We request that you plan a visit during days when class is in session, and not during school closures, holidays, or the summer. Please see our School Calendar for reference.
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 4:00 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.
Class Ambassadors 1960’s/1970’s
1962 Margaret R. Bloebaum & Robert Hahn
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 & Andrew Brust
1985 Veronique Chesnais Christensen
1986 Kira Wehn & Delphine Michaud
1987 Michael Bobbitt & Sonny Ago
1989 Robert Whelan
Class Ambassadors 1990’s
1990 Djeinabu Neneh Diallo
1991 Amal Shady
1992 Tejal Shah
1993 Udai Tambar
1994 Marie Claire Lim Moore
1995 Alexander (Sasha) Bouis & Ruvan Jagoda
1996 Damian Jackson
1997 David Miller
1998 Nicole Cramer
1999 Ashwini Jayaratnam
Class Ambassadors 2000’s
2000 Lisa Van Eyndhoven & Anna Friedberg
2002 Allie Brown & Sacha (Schwimmer) Jarrell
2003 Katie Williams
2004 Hanna Jamal
2005 Marielle Mindlin
2006 Abimbola Dairo
2007 Madison McCullough
2008 Michael Khayyat, Donia Abdelaziz & Max Markham
2009 Maya Kurien
2011 Rajko Radovanovic & Angelique Ray
2013 Ariel Henig
2014 Aditi Sundaram
2015 Ruth Bamuwamye, Leah Eskinder & Aditya Shukla
2016 Boris Niyonzima & Eva Kashuk
2017 Vincent Lin
Regional Alumni Ambassadors
Botswana: Salim Mosidinyane
Canada: Alain Chesnais
Egypt: Othaylat Suliman
France: Kathryn Thorup, Timur Friedman
Israel: Yaniv Azar
Kenya: Othaylat Suliman
Luxembourg: Dionysios Kaskarelis
Switzerland: Paula Dupraz-Dobias
Turkey: Yasemin Dobra-Manco
Uganda: Othaylat Suliman
United Arab Emirates: Othaylat Suliman
United Kingdom: Alexandra Bourdelon
UNIS Fund Alumni Ambassadors
UNIS Fund Alumni Chair: Neil Smith, Class of 81
1971 Marie-Helene Chatel
1978 Xavier Cabanne
1982 Francesca Cook-Hagen
1983 Brad C. Deutsch
1984 Andrew J. Brust
1986 Lance H. Brown
1987 Carl Haacke
Class of '09 -
I can't believe that it's been 10 years since we graduated high school! A lot has happened and changed in our lives since then, but the lasting impact that UNIS, our friends, our teachers and our education has had on us is certainly still with us today!
The amazing years we spent at UNIS not only helped to shape our character as young adults, but also allowed us to meet and share lifelong memories with some of the amazing friends that we cherish to this day. Let's leave an '09 legacy in honor of our 10 year anniversary by gifting the school a donation in our class's name to help inspire future generations of UNIS alums.
Neil Smith, chairman of the UNIS Alumni Fund and fellow UNIS alumni himself, has so generously pledged to match us on our first $1,000 of donations. Let's work together to not only hit but surpass this goal by the time the All Class Reunion rolls around on June 8th, 2019!
The funds we raise can be put towards athletics, performing/musical arts, or to the school's financial assistance program to help current and incoming students continue to receive the same outstanding education we all received at UNIS. You can choose while donating online!
Please visit www.unis.org/giving to make a donation! In the open field on the giving page entitled "My gift is in honor of," please write in "Class of 2009 Gift."
Thanks you, '09, and see you at reunion!
-- Taylor Siering , '09
OCTOBER 22, 2018 San Francisco Reunion
OCTOBER 24, 2018 Los Angeles Reunion
NOVEMBER 17, 2018 5th Annual UNIS Human Rights Project Symposium (Topic: Mass Incarceration) (Register to this free event here)
January Boston Reunion
TBD NEW! Chicago Reunion
TBD DC Reunion
JUNE 8, 2019 Save the Date: All Alumni Reunion at UNIS
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I had the privilege to attend [UNIS] during my childhood years from 1967 (Junior A) until 1973 (Junior 5) while living in New York City while my father worked at the Permanent Mission of Italy to the UN.
My experience at UNIS inspired and motivated me to become committed to the principles and values of the United Nations, and I have had a career with UNICEF since 1988.
I am an Alumni and very proud of it. The unique UNIS experience has given me a set of rules to abide by and I have built my life around those principles. The learning, the tolerance, the interactions with the teachers has been mind opening. The quality of the courses. Teachers actively involved in our education, taking time when necessary to tutor us... Letting us express ourselves, and think as young adults. Allowing us to make mistakes and kindly explaining why we had made them and suggest ways, new approaches to a problem. Nothing was off limits except rudeness and intolerance. We were respected as teenagers -- such a difficult age! -- almost tasting being an adult and yet still dependent on our parents and looking up to those who helped shaped our minds and intellect. These teachers are not anonymous and to this day Brian Kahn, Rennay Levitt, Emmanuel Fontaine (yep even Emmanuel!), Hashem Sahraie, Mr Banton and David Shapiro with their unique approach to literature, Francis Wilson, our homeroom teacher Saer Dione to name a few... left an everlasting mark on us.
And of course let us not forget our confidants in times of trouble or sorrow: Mrs Adeline Grieco at the main desk, Nurse Browne and our very own Arlene Diamond who were always available as were many others right up to the security person at the gate. We are one big family. So yeah..Thank you UNIS.
This is something also I will share... I started biology at the CNAM in Paris and in my 2nd or 3rd year we dabbled in Mandelian genetics. The teacher whipped out Otto's Modern Biology. I blurted that I had the very same book in Tut 3 (with Brian Kahn). Teacher looks at me and says, "If you believe second year college students are capable of grasping the contents you are kidding yourself..."
"My 12 years at UNIS have shaped my life and outlook. As a kid you don't realize how special an experience is and how deeply valuable and powerful the UNIS education can be as you grow. I am forever grateful to the school and and the people. It is remarkable to me-- in this age of hyper partisanship and fear of the other--how inclusive and truly international (even revolutionary) our education at UNIS was. I live in SF, so I have tried to impart some of the UNIS ethos to my kids. An assignment in Ms. Ellenbogen's 5th grade class made me want to work in media and countless academic and social experiences at UNIS have reverberated through my work and life. I wish every kid could experience even a smidge of UNIS life--the world would certainly be a better place."
"The breadth of perspective, thirst for knowledge and ability to question perspectives and sources are essential skills I learnt at UNIS. These have been so useful both professionally and personally. Having experienced over 10 international schools, UNIS stands at the top. So many international schools do not have properly international teachers able to teach the to the spectrum of our sophisticated international children."