Katja Iversen


Katja Iversen is the president/CEO of Women Deliver. She is 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.

Latest Articles

Opinion: Why diabetes in pregnancy should be on the agenda at UN meetings
13 Sep 2018

Diabetes in pregnancy is a neglected health issue that can lead to maternal and newborn deaths with lasting health effects on women and their children. Leading up to the U.N. High-level Meeting on NCDs, Women Deliver, the World Diabetes Foundation, and the NCD Alliance have launched a call to action for decision makers to take a deliberate approach to combat diabetes in pregnancy.

Opinion: Want to deliver on the promises of UHC? Invest in girls' and women's health and rights
9 Oct 2017

While the idea of “health for all” is gaining momentum, Katja Iversen of Women Deliver and Michael Myers of the Rockefeller Foundation believe that unless countries prioritize girls and women throughout this process, universal health coverage cannot become a reality. The two authors consider what it would look like to reform health systems with girls and women top of mind. Here are key actions to bring this vision to life.

Opinion: Investing in the future means investing in girls
17 May 2017

Ahead of the Global Adolescent Health Conference in Ottawa, Women Deliver Chief Executive Officer Katja Iversen outlines three investments donors can make promote the well-being of adolescent girls — and the world.

Future reproductive freedom starts by giving youth a seat at the table
27 Jan 2016

Youth must be a factor in all advocacy planning — from funding youth-led advocacy programs to increasing youth engagement with key target audiences, write PAI President and CEO Suzanne Ehlers and Women Deliver CEO Katja Iversen, in this guest column.

What happens when you invest in girls and women? It's simple: We all win
16 Jul 2015

As decision-makers finalize the painstaking negotiations at this week's #FFD3 conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, there's one issue they cannot afford to compromise on: the health, rights and well-being of girls and women. An exclusive op-ed from Women Deliver's CEO.

Girls in sport: A powerful game changer for the SDGs
16 Jun 2015

Sport programs need to be incorporated into strategies to improve the health and well-being of women and girls, to address gender inequality and to help cultivate the skills of tomorrow's leaders in politics and the marketplace, Women Deliver's Katja Iversen and Women Win's Maria Bobenrieth write in this guest commentary.

Arts in advocacy: How to touch minds and hearts for action and change
5 Mar 2015

Inspiring change — whether in thinking or behavior — takes more than appealing to someone's intellect, notes Women Deliver CEO Katja Iversen in this exclusive commentary.

Delivering on the promise of multisectoral collaboration
17 Nov 2014

How we can work together to improve the health, rights and well-being of women and girls everywhere? A conversation between Women Deliver CEO Katja Iversen, Woman Care Global CEO Saundra Pelletier and Sharon D’Agostino, vice president of corporate citizenship at Johnson & Johnson.

Why contraceptives? Here are the top 5 benefits
26 Sep 2014

Contraception improves not only the lives of girls and women, but also men, boys and society in general, according to Katja Iversen and Jill Sheffield from Women Deliver, who share five of the main benefits of using contraceptives in this exclusive commentary.

500 days and counting: Progress for girls and women means progress for all
18 Aug 2014

Only 500 days are left now until the Millennium Development Goals deadline. What can accelerate progress at this crucial state? Investing more in women and girls, the president and founder of Women Deliver and the organization's CEO write in an opinion for our #MDGMomentum campaign.