Natalia Kanem


Natalia Kanem was appointed executive director of the United Nations Population Fund in October 2017, becoming the fund's fifth executive director since it became operational in 1969. She has more than 30 years of strategic leadership experience in the fields of medicine, public and reproductive health, peace, social justice, and philanthropy.

Latest Articles

Opinion: Family planning gives women a future. It shouldn't be up for debate.
11 Jul 2018

On World Population Day, two United Nations leaders look back at the challenges and successes of 50 years of family planning efforts.

Opinion: Half a century on, let's make family planning a reality for all
17 May 2018

It has been 50 years since family planning was declared a basic human right. We must redouble our efforts to turn this into a reality for every woman and adolescent girl, everywhere.