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The UN Foundation works on a diverse portfolio of issues including global health, energy and climate, women and population, and U.S.-UN relations.

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GLOBAL HEALTH

 

Anita Sharma

Senior Director, Millennium Development Goals Initiatives
Anita Sharma is the Senior Director of Millennium Development Goals Initiatives at the United Nations Foundation.

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Radha Muthiah

Executive Director, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
Radha Muthiah is Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, where she leads efforts to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women and combat climate change by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions.

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John E. Lange

Senior Fellow, Global Health Diplomacy
Ambassador John E. Lange (Ret.) serves as the primary focal point for the UN Foundation’s global health diplomacy activities. Prior to joining the Foundation in July 2013, Lange spent four years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation working with African governments to improve public health. He has served as co-chair of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s Polio Partners Group since its launch in April 2012.

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Andrea Gay

Executive Director of Children's Health
Andrea Gay is the Executive Director of Children's Health at the United Nations Foundation, where she oversees projects to improve the survival and health of children in developing countries, particularly those under five years of age. She joined the UN Foundation when it was created in 1998.

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Kirsten Gagnaire

Executive Director
Kirsten Gagnaire is the Executive Director of the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA). Before joining MAMA, Gagnaire was the Ghana Country Director for the Grameen Foundation and led the initial implementation of MOTECH. She was the Founder of the Social Enterprise Group (SEG) and Sustayne, and has a depth of experience and passion for addressing social and environmental issues through profitable business ventures.

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Kate Dodson

Vice President for Global Health Strategy
Kate Dodson is the Vice President for Global Health Strategy at the United Nations Foundation. In this role, Ms. Dodson works to ensure that the UN Foundation is delivering on its commitments to address the health-related Millennium Development Goals, and builds synergies with UN agencies and other key multilateral partners.

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Leslie Cordes

Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships
Leslie Black Cordes is Senior Director, Strategic Partnerships for the Foundation where she is responsible for developing new relationships with the philanthropic, international donors, and private sector communities. She previously held positions with the Environmental Protection Agency, the non-profit Alliance to Save Energy, the US Agency for International Development, and the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

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ENERGY & CLIMATE 

 

Mohamed T. El-Ashry

Senior Fellow
Mohamed T. El-Ashry is Senior Fellow with the UN Foundation and Facilitator of the Global Leadership for Climate Action (GLCA) which he organized in 2007. Its membership includes 13 former Presidents and Prime-Ministers and 12 other global leaders.

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Melinda L. Kimble

Senior Vice President
Melinda Kimble is a Senior Vice President, overseeing our International Bioenergy Initiative. She joined the UN Foundation in May 2000.

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Richenda Van Leeuwen

Executive Director, Energy and Climate, Energy Access Initiative
Richenda Van Leeuwen is Executive Director, Energy and Climate, Energy Access Initiative, overseeing the UN Foundation's work on energy access. She joined the UN Foundation in 2010 from Good Energies, a global renewable energy investment company. A sought out speaker on energy access and poverty issues, she has over 20 years of executive management experience with the UN, private sector and non-profits on several continents.

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Mark Hopkins

International Energy Efficiency Director
Mark is an internationally recognized expert in energy efficiency, with more than 30 years of experience in policy and program development. He is the former Executive Vice President of the Alliance to Save Energy, where he developed an international program that helped to improve energy efficiency in 20 transitional and developing countries.

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Reid Detchon

Vice President for Energy and Climate Strategy
Reid Detchon is the Vice President for Energy and Climate Strategy at the United Nations Foundation. He is also the Executive Director of the Energy Future Coalition, a broad-based non-partisan public policy initiative supported by the UN Foundation that seeks to bring about change in U.S. energy policy.

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U.S.-UN RELATIONS

 

Peter Yeo

President of the Better World Campaign and Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy at the United Nations Foundation
As President of the Better World Campaign and Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy at the United Nations Foundation, Peter Yeo leads the Foundation’s strategic engagement with Congress and the Administration to advance policy changes that support the UN’s work for global progress.

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Rebecca Einhorn

Senior Communications Director, UN Foundation Policy and Advocacy
Rebecca Einhorn has over 10 years of strategic communications, grassroots, and advocacy experience, including key roles in Congress and within private sector consulting firms, coalitions, and NGOs. In her current role as Senior Communications Director, UN Foundation Policy and Advocacy, she guides public relations efforts that build and showcase U.S. support for the United Nations.

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Susan Myers

Senior Vice President
Susan Myers is the UN Foundation's Senior Vice President. Ms. Myers has served as Executive Director of the New York office of the United Nations Foundation since 2000. As a member of the Foundation's leadership team, she provides overall guidance and participates in the development of long-term strategy for the organization.

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Robert Skinner

Associate Director, New York Office
Robert Skinner is the UN Foundation's Associate Director of the New York Office. In this role, he assists in managing daily operations and activities of New York staff in conjunction with the Washington, DC office.

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Minh-Thu Pham

Senior Policy Director
Minh-Thu Pham is currently Senior Policy Director at the United Nations Foundation, where she leads strategic initiatives to strengthen the UN's ability to solve global problems, including UNF's effort to support the formulation of the next set of global development goals or the "post-2015 development agenda."

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WOMEN & POPULATION

 

Alaka Basu

Senior Fellow, Reproductive Health
Alaka Basu is a social demographer with strong interests in public health. Basu has published widely in the areas of reproductive health and family planning, gender and development, child health and mortality, and the context and politics of population policy.

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Emily Courey Pryor

Senior Director
Emily Courey Pryor is the Senior Director of Women and Girls Initiatives for the Women and Population team at the UN Foundation.

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Mayra Buvinic

Senior Fellow, Womens Economic Empowerment
Mayra Buvinic, an internationally recognized expert on gender and development and social development, is a Senior Fellow with the UN Foundation.

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Valerie DeFillipo

Director, FP2020
Valerie DeFillipo is passionate in her belief that women and girls, no matter where they live, should have access to the reproductive health services and contraceptives they want. As the director of Family Planning 2020 (FP2020), Ms. DeFillipo leads the global effort to enable an additional 120 million women and girls to access contraceptive information, services and supplies by 2020.

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Seema Jalan

Director, Universal Access Project & Policy
Seema Jalan is Director of the Universal Access Project and Policy, Women and Population, at the United Nations Foundation. In this role, she leads the strategic and business planning processes for the initiative and oversees the management of the U.S. policy angles.

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Melissa Hillebrenner

Director, Girl Up
Melissa Hillebrenner is Director of Girl Up — an innovative campaign of the United Nations Foundation that works to build and maintain a constituency dedicated to improving the lives of the world’s hardest-to-reach girls.

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Kathy Calvin

President and Chief Executive Officer
Kathy Calvin is President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Nations Foundation. Her career has spanned work in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. She is a passionate advocate for multi-sector problem-solving, U.S. leadership on global issues, and the inclusion of women at all levels and in all sectors.

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SPECIAL ADVISORS

 

John W. McArthur

Senior Fellow
John W. McArthur is an international development economist and Senior Fellow with the UN Foundation.

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