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New Director of SUN Movement Secretariat appointed

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The SUN Movement Secretariat is delighted to announce the appointment of Brenda Killen to the role of Director of the SUN Movement Secretariat. Ms. Killen will commence her role on July 16 and is appointed for 12 months.

Ms. Killen has over 25 years’ experience leading the design and delivery of international development programmes. Before joining SUN, Brenda was the Deputy Director of the OECD’s Development Co-operation Directorate, where she led work to improve policy-making, delivery, monitoring and accountability of global development assistance. In this role, and previously as head of OECD’s Global Partnerships and Policy Division, Brenda worked with partners around the world to build partnerships for the SDGs and improve policy coherence on key issues such as conflict, gender, climate change, environment, and private development finance. As OECD’s envoy to the post-2015 processes and G20 Development Working Group, she helped translate Agenda 2030 into OECD’s action plan on the SDGs. She was a lead architect of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, and has delivered several high-level agreements on aid effectiveness, including at the Fourth High Level Forum on Development Effectiveness in Busan (2011).

Prior to joining the OECD in 2007, Ms. Killen was the Deputy Director of Health Policy, Development and Services at the World Health Organization (WHO), helping WHO define its development policy and role in accelerating progress towards the health Millennium Development Goals, and working with Health and Finance Ministers, donors, CSOs and the private sector to improve cooperation in global health. Previously, Brenda was Head of Europe, Middle East and Americas Policy Department at the UK’s Department for International Development. She held several senior roles at DfID and was lead author of DfID’s policy on middle income countries. An experienced development economist, she has extensive field experience in Africa and was previously an adviser to the UK Executive Director on the boards of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Brenda is a member of the UN Secretary General’s Independent Accountability Panel for Every Woman Every Child, and is a fellow of Women in Global Health. Ms. Killen has an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, and is fluent in English, with excellent French and a good command of Spanish.


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