Katja Iversen is the President/CEO of Women Deliver – a leading global advocate for investment in the health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women, with a specific focus on gender equality, maternal, sexual and reproductive health and rights. Iversen, an internationally recognized expert on development, advocacy and communications, has more than 20 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 and maternal health 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. Iversen has worked in global health for more than a decade 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 programme adviser to the Clinton Global Initiative and on the CSO consultative group to the World Bank.
Katja Iversen was in on establishing Women Deliver, and has been involved in the planning on all four Women Deliver conferences. The first three times she was part of the advisory group. For the 4th conference, the Women Deliver 2016 Conference, she was overall strategic lead and host. Under her leadership, the Women Deliver conference grew to become the world’s largest conference on girls and women’s health, rights and wellbeing with its almost 6000 participants from 169 countries.