Natalia Kanem

Dr Kanem is the fifth Executive Director of UNFPA since the Fund became operational in 1969. She holds a medical degree from Columbia University, New York, and a Master’s degree in Public Health, with specialisations in epidemiology and preventive medicine, from the University of Washington, Seattle. She is also a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University, where she studied history and science. Dr Kanem was founding president of ELMA Philanthropies Inc., a private institution focusing primarily on children and youth in Africa.

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