New York City -- Women Deliver, a global advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of girls and women, is pleased to announce that Katja Iversen, Chief of Strategic Communication and Public Advocacy with UNICEF, will be joining Women Deliver as Chief Executive Officer starting in March 2014.
“We are thrilled and honored to have Katja Iversen join Women Deliver,” said Jill Sheffield, Founder and President of Women Deliver. “Katja has a heart that beats for sexual and reproductive health and women’s rights, and we are honored to have her support and expertise moving forward.”
Iversen, an internationally recognized expert on development and communications, has more than 20 years of experience working in NGOs, corporates and United Nation agencies. At present she holds the position as Chief of Strategic Communication and Public Advocacy with UNICEF, a position she came to after almost six years of leading the team responsible for communication on reproductive health and MDG 5 at UNFPA. She holds a master’s degree in communications, bachelor's degree in public administration and certificates in management, conflict resolution and international development.
"I am very proud to have been selected as CEO of Women Deliver and look forward to help define the way ahead for the organization,” said Iversen. “Continued, strong advocacy, partnerships and investments in girls' and women's sexual and reproductive health and rights will be crucial if we want positive change – in the halls of power and on the ground."
Iversen has worked in global health for a decade and has an extensive network within the UN, development communities and global media. She was on the Advisory Board of Women Deliver from December 2006 to May 2012, and has participated in all three Women Deliver conferences.
Iversen will report directly to Sheffield, who will remain as President of Women Deliver.
Women Deliver is a global advocacy organization bringing together voices from around the world to call for action to improve the health and well-being of girls and women. Women Deliver works globally to generate political and financial commitments to reduce maternal mortality and achieve universal access to reproductive health.