On 3 October 2017, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Dr. Natalia Kanem Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. She brings to the position more than 30 years of strategic leadership experience in the fields of medicine, public and reproductive health, peace, social justice, and philanthropy.?
“The UNFPA mandate has never been more relevant,” Dr. Kanem said. She is the fifth Executive Director of UNFPA since the Fund became operational in 1969.