SPEAKER BIO Elizabeth Nyamayaro

  • Name:Elizabeth Nyamayaro

    Company:UN Women

    Job Title:Senior Advisor


    Elizabeth Nyamayaro is Senior Advisor to Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. Ms. Nyamayaro has worked at the forefront of Africa's development agenda for more than a decade, helping to improve the lives of under-served populations. She comes to UN Women after serving as Senior Leadership  within the Corporate Strategy Office at Merck, the  world's  second  largest  pharmaceutical  company,  working  in support  of the  company's on-going efforts to broaden access to medicine  in the developing  world. During her tenure at Merck, Ms. Nyamayaro  also served as Director External Affairs and Policy, Africa, where she supported  the launch of key women initiatives  including:  'Merck  for Mothers,'  a $500 Million global commitment  to reducing  maternal  mortality;  'Saving Mothers,  Giving  Life,' a maternal health initiative launched  in partnership  with the US Government  by then-Secretary  of State Hillary Clinton; and 'Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon Alliance,' a cervical cancer prevention initiative in partnership with George W. Bush Institute, UNAIDS, Susan G Kamen and PEPFAR.

    Prior to Merck, Ms.  Nyamayaro held positions with UNAIDS, World Health Organization (WHO), and the World Bank, where she led and supported key public health access initiatives. Ms. Nyamayaro was part of the Pharmaceutical Policy team at the World Bank, and provided research on a World Bank publication Practical Approach to Pharmaceutical Policy.'       She served as Technical Officer at the World Health Organization engaging more than 120,000

    African communities in 20 African countries as part of the 'Mectizan Donation Program,' one of the most successful public-private partnerships in global health. Ms. Nyamayaro was also instrumental in pioneering scenarios development to UNAIDS in response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa on the initiative 'AIDS in Africa- Scenarios to 2025.'

    A strong advocate for economic   empowerment,   Ms.  Nyamayaro   founded Africa IQ, an innovative social impact organization with a mission to promote Africa's sustainable economic growth and development.

    Born in Zimbabwe and a Political Scientist by training, Ms. Nyamayaro holds an MSc in Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


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