Brenda Killen

Brenda Killen

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Partnerships, Strategy, Accountability. Working at the nexus of sustainable development and health.


Strategy development; organisational governance and accountability; economics of global health; partnership-building; development finance; aid effectiveness; review and evaluation; team leadership.

Background and relevant experience

With more than 25 years’ experience leading the design and delivery of international development programmes, Brenda Killen has worked with a range of global health organisations to help them set strategic directions and deliver results in high pressure environments.

Brenda has strong expertise in building and supporting partnerships and alliances to achieve global health goals. As Director of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Secretariat in Geneva, she joined governments, civil society, the United Nations, donors, businesses and researchers in a collective effort to end malnutrition in all its forms; as Deputy Director of the OECD’s Development Co‐operation Directorate she led work to improve policymaking, delivery, monitoring and accountability of global development assistance totalling $140bn and was OECD’s envoy to the Agenda 2030 processes; and as Deputy Director of Health Policy, Development and Services at the World Health Organization, she helped define WHO’s development policy and role in accelerating progress towards the health Millennium Development Goals.

A strong advocate for the health, rights and wellbeing of women, children and adolescents, Brenda works with partners around the world to achieve gender equality in global health leadership as a Board member of Women in Global Health, and supports global accountability for the SDGs as a member of the UN Secretary General’s Independent Accountability Panel for Every Woman, Every Child.

She has also worked for the UK Department for International Development in several senior roles, including leading DfID’s regional policy advisory hubs for Asia, Latin America, the Former Soviet Union, and Middle Income Countries.

An experienced economist, Brenda has extensive field experience in Africa. Brenda has an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics.

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