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Statement from Pathfinder CEO Lois Quam on Appointment of Dr. Natalia Kanem

I am pleased to congratulate Dr. Natalia Kanem of Panama as the new Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). As we honor the legacy of Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, I am confident that Dr. Kanem will continue his work to bring reproductive health care to women and young people around the world.

We welcome Dr. Kanem’s long commitment to young people—from her days as founding president of ELMA Philanthropies Inc., a private institution focusing primarily on children and youth in Africa, to her more recent efforts to bring attention to the demographic dividend. Pathfinder is pleased to work with ELMA in Tanzania, and we believe that Dr. Kanem’s wealth of experience working with both the public and private sector will add value to UNFPA.

We look forward to working with Dr. Natalia Kanem in her new capacity and know she will provide an essential voice for women and young people at the United Nations.