Ann Svensén is a communications specialist with 35 years of experience in both strategic and operational communications, policy advocacy, resource mobilization, branding, corporate social responsibility, and organizational development. She has 30 years of experience in sexual and reproductive health and rights and 20 years in global development. She joined Pathfinder’s board in 2009.
Since 2013, she has served as the Secretary General of IM, Individuell Människohjälp, Swedish Development Partner an 80-year-old Swedish development organization with operations in 13 countries.
Previously, she worked at RFSU, Riksförbundet för Sexuell Upplysning (the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education), serving as the Communications and Advocacy Manager for five years and the Director of External Relations for 11 years. She was RFSU’s Program Manager in Zambia in late 1990s in the Kafue Adolescent Reproductive Health Program, identified as one of the groundbreaking catalytic programs at the time by the World Bank.
Ann has served on the board of directors for the Guttmacher Institute for six years, has been a member of the UNFPA Global NGO Advisory Panel, and has served as chair of the EuroNGO network twice. She graduated with a communications and political science degree from Uppsala and Stockholm University. She speaks English and Swedish.