Adam Simpson

Special Advisor, Policy Programme & Intergovernmental Division, UN Women

United States

As Special Advisor for the Policy, Programme and Intergovernmental Division in UN Women, Adam provides oversight and strategic leadership on normative support and the delivery of integrated policy and programme advice. The Division leverages innovation and cutting-edge technical expertise to support the organization's global portfolio of projects and programmes, and build the capacity of partners to deliver results on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Adam previously worked for the United Nations Office for Project Services, overseeing projects in Asia, Europe and the Middle East, with postings in Jordan and Denmark. He also worked for the Aga Khan Foundation in Afghanistan, managing a suite of healthcare infrastructure projects designed to improve quality standards and access to neonatal and maternity care services in the northern provinces. Prior to working in development he was a management consultant, and helped establish Canada’s first distributed medical learning education programme.

Adam holds a doctorate degree in social sciences and a masters in human security and peacebuilding from Royal Roads University, as well as executive leadership and change management certificates from Harvard Business School and Cornell University.

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