Villeneuve has 24 years experience of working for the welfare of children and women globally.Villeneuve, a French national, achieved a degree in Medicine from Rennes School of Medicine, France, in 1985, and a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Human Nutrition from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1984.
Prior to his arrival in Dhaka, he served as the Associate Director of the Division of Programmes in UNICEF headquarters. Before that, he served as Chief of Health at UNICEF’s New York headquarters between 2003 and 2006.
He joined UNICEF in 1987 as Assistant Programme Officer in Brazzaville, Congo. In 1993, he was transferred to the headquarters in New York where he served until his appointment as Unicef Representative in Yaounde, Cameroon in 1998.
Villeneuve also served as UNICEF representative in Mali between 2000 and 2003. Prior to joining UNICEF, Dr. Villeneuve served as a nutrition adviser for the League of the Red Cross Societies in Mali in 1985 and in Niger in 1986.