Katja Iversen has taken quite the journey from the small village in rural Denmark where she was born, to New York and to the world’s biggest board rooms and stages. She has worked in the United Nations, in civil society, in the private sector and has headed her own company. She is as comfortable in high heels striding through the halls of power, as she is in the rural villages of the many countries where she has worked, studied or traveled.

Education wise, Katja Iversen holds a MSc in Communications, a BA in Policy & Public Administration, Certificates in Strategic Communications, International Development, Negotiations and Conflict Resolution, as well as a Management and Leadership degree from Columbia University’s Business School.

She speaks English (fluent), Danish (mother tongue), Swedish and Norwegian (work proficient), Italian, Spanish, and German (basic).

Career History:

2023 – CEO, Museum for the United Nations – UN Live
2022 – Adviser, World Economic Forum
2022 – Board Member, INXO Inc
2021 – Board Member, 4Life Solutions
2021 – Executive Adviser, Women Political Leaders
2020 – Advisory Board Member, Global Goals World Cup
2019 – Advisory Board Member, Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, King’s College, UK.
2018 – 2024 Adviser to Unilever, and Member of Unilever’s Sustainability Advisory Council, Global
2016 – 2020 President/CEO, Women Deliver
2014 – 2016 CEO, Women Deliver
2012 – 2014 Chief of Strategic Communication and Public Advocacy, UNICEF Global, USA
2006 – 2012 Media Advisor and Campaign Coordinator, UNFPA Global, USA
2005 – 2006 Trainer of Corporate Executives in Cross Cultural Management, Eaton Consulting Group/ Aperian Global
2005 – 2007 Founder and Owner, KatComm, focused on public affairs, communication, campaigning and marketing
2004 – 2006 Leader of Executive Education in Strategic Communication, Danish School of Media and Journalism (part time)
2003 – 2005 Director of Communications, DFPA, DK
1999 – 2003 Communications Officer, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, Rome
1988 – 1999 Campaign Coordinator on public affairs and communication campaigns with various NGOs in Denmark
1988 – 1999 Campaign Coordinator on public affairs and communication campaigns with various NGOs in Denmark
1987 – 1999 Travel writer for various magazines, newspapers and travel guide

Former Board, Council, Committee and Task Force Positions (selected):

2016 – 2020 Agenda Contributor to World Economic Forum and Advisor to the Health Stewards Group
2019 Advisor to and Member of French President Macron’s G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council, France
2018 Advisor to and Member of Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau’s G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council. Presented the work of the Council to the G7 Heads of State at the Charlevoix G7 2018
2019 – 2020 Advisory Group to Global Parliamentary Alliance for Health, Rights and Development
2017 – 2020 Board Member, Women@The Table
2017 – 2020 Board Member, Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, WHO
2017 – 2020 Leadership Advisory Groups on Women & Technology and on Health, Solve Challenge/MIT
2016 – 2020 Founding Member and first Chair of Equal Measures 2030’s Leadership Council – a global partnership advancing the SDGs
2017 – 2019 Advisory Board on Women in the Media, Graca Machel Foundation
2017 – 2018 Member, WHO Civil Society Task Team
2016 – 2018 Advisory Group, Johnson & Johnson Global Public Health
2015 – 2018 Member of World Bank Health, Nutrition and Population, Civil Society Consultative Group
2014 – 2018 Program advisor to Clinton Global Initiative, Facilitator of Plenary Debates

Selected Awards and Recognitions:

2021 Named a United Nations Food System Champion
2019 Named a Copenhagen Goodwill Ambassador
2019 Top 20 of Apolitical’s list of World’s Most 100 Influential People in Gender Policy
2019 Named one of the “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s eNews
2019 AMREF and AHAIC Award for global leadership for Global Health
2018 Named Dane of the Year 2018
2017 Named International Gender Champion
“Purpose, purpose, purpose. I help businesses and institutions doing good and doing good business”
– Katja Iversen