Dr Natalia Kanem

Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Degree (Hons) in History and Science, Harvard University; MD, Columbia University, New York; MPH, with specializations in epidemiology and preventive medicine, University of Washington, Seattle. More than 30 years of strategic leadership experience in medicine, public and reproductive health, social justice and philanthropy. Started career in academia with the Johns Hopkins and Columbia University schools of medicine and public health. 1992-2005, Ford Foundation Officer; helped pioneer work in women’s reproductive health and sexuality, in particular through position as the representative for West Africa; then served at the foundation’s headquarters, becoming Deputy Vice-President for its worldwide peace and social justice programmes in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and North America. 2014-16, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Representative in the United Republic of Tanzania; July 2016, named Deputy Executive Director, UNFPA, in charge of programmes. Since October 2017, Executive Director, UNFPA. Former: Founding President, ELMA Philanthropies, a private institution focusing primarily on children and youth in Africa. Senior Associate, Lloyd Best Institute of the West Indies.

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