Katja Iversen, USA
Katja Iversen is the President/CEO of Women Deliver – a leading global advocate for investment in gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women, with a specific focus on maternal, sexual and reproductive health and rights. Iversen, an internationally recognized expert on development, advocacy and communications, has more than 25 years of experience working in NGOs, corporates and United Nation agencies. Previously, she held 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 advocacy and communication on reproductive health with UNFPA. She holds a master’s degree in communications, bachelor’s degree in public administration and certificates in management, conflict resolution, and international development. Iversen has worked in global development for more than 20 years and has an extensive network within the UN, development communities, and global media. She has counseled and trained multiple Fortune 500 executives on cross cultural management and cross cultural communication. She is a member of Prime Minster Trudeau’s G7 Gender Equality Council, the Unilever Sustainability Advisory Council, the MIT Women & Technology Solve Leadership Group, and an International Gender Champion. Iversen was recently named in the top 10 of Apolitical’s Top 100 Most Influential People in Gender Policy. She is also a sought lecturer and speaker.
Twitter handle: @Katja_Iversen
Women Deliver – a leading global advocate for gender equality – brings together diverse stakeholders to drive political, programmatic, and financial investments in the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women. Women Deliver has long championed the ‘investment case.’ When you invest in girls and women – in their sexual and reproductive health and rights, education, safety, economic empowerment, and beyond – there is a ripple effect that extends beyond the individual to reach families, communities, and even entire countries. Indeed, across sectors and issues areas, evidence shows us that girls and women are critical drivers of progress for all. This Keynote Address, Invest in the Health, Rights, and Wellbeing of Girls and Women – and Everybody Wins, will outline the essential role of investing in girls and women to achieve healthy societies, thriving economies, and make headway towards #HealthForAll and the Sustainable Development Goals writ large. This Address will point to why girls and women should be at center of the health and development agenda, and how holistic investments, looking at multiple aspects of the lives of girls and women, must be the way forward. The way forward, to a better future for all, is collaborative path, and everyone at the FIGO 2018 Conference has a role to play – particularly as fellow advocates. Together, we have the power to make the world a better place for girls and women – a flight that Dr. Alfonso Alvarez-Bravo – the namesake of this keynote – dedicated much of his life to through his life-saving work.