UNICEF has appointed world famous Jordanian pianist and composer, Zade Dirani, as Regional Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa with a special focus on advocating for the most marginalised children especially those caught in conflict, violence and poverty.
“We are deeply honoured that Zade Dirani has accepted this role. His appointment will be a strong contribution to furthering the rights of children. His amazing talent is critical at a time when the region is in dire need for peace, tolerance, and cultural understanding” said Saad Houry, UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa.
The founder of the Zade Foundation for International Peace and Understanding, Dirani is known for his work to help young musicians promote peace and cultural understanding. Over the past years, he has worked with aspiring and world renowned musicians to spread the message of peace and co-existence, including a much acclaimed concert for peace “One Night in Jordan,” where he was accompanied by musicians from some 40 countries.
“I am delighted to be a Regional Ambassador for UNICEF,” said Dirani. “I firmly believe that music transcends borders and is a powerful tool for peace and mutual respect. As we look around our region, we are reminded how critical it is to continue to raise our voices for the protection of children, especially the most vulnerable. History will judge us harshly if we fail them.”
Referred to by some as a ‘piano prodigy,’ Dirani has released several billboard charting albums, and performed around the world, including by invitation of the Jordanian Royal Family. He has also performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Dalai Lama and the late Nelson Mandela.
Dirani joins a prestigious group of UNICEF Regional Ambassadors for the Middle East and North Africa, including the Iraqi composer and singer Kadim Al-Sahir; Lebanese entertainer Nancy Ajram; and Egyptian actor, Mahmoud Kabil.