Shoko Ishikawa has over 15 years of experience working with the UN WOMEN. Prior to this assignment as Country Representative in Bangladesh, she was the Country Representative of UN Women Viet Nam. Ms. Ishikawa led the establishment of UN Women’s first programme in Myanmar in 2012/2013 as Regional Programme Manager. She directed the UN Women Regional Office from December 2012 to August 2013 as Regional Director. She started her career at the United Nations in UNIFEM, worked in the UNIFEM Headquarters in New York before returning to Bangkok in 2007 to lead a regional programme covering seven countries. In her role, she promoted CEDAW implementation through support to strengthening legal frameworks to advance gender equality and access to justice for women, and stronger national capacity for planning, implementation and monitoring of gender equality priorities. Ms. Ishikawa holds a Master’s degree in International Development Studies from the George Washington University, USA.