Natalie Africa

Senior Director, Global Health and Private Sector Engagement

Natalie Africa is Senior Director of Global Health & Private Sector Engagement.

Natalie joined UNF in 2014 and since then has focused largely on driving private sector engagement and innovation in the UN Secretary-General’s Every Woman Every Child movement. Natalie previously headed the Secretariat of the Business Call to Action, an inclusive business platform hosted by the UNDP. Prior to joining UNDP she was Senior Program Officer at the International Finance Corporation where she successfully innovated and executed gender-inclusive programming with IFC investees in the financial, extractives and agribusiness sectors across Africa and South-East Asia. Natalie has also held senior positions within the banking sector, working for Absa-Barclays in South Africa and HSBC Bank Bermuda.

Natalie served as a diplomat with the South African Department of Foreign Affairs including during the Nelson Mandela presidency, serving as Counsellor for Multilateral Affairs in Paris and as Director for West Africa. She kicked off her career in the area of women’s development in South Africa, working for a start-up women’s micro-finance organization, the Women’s Development Bank, and driving a historic national non-governmental campaign around the UN Beijing Women’s Conference.

Natalie holds an MA from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and a BA in History from the University of Jean Moulin III, Lyon. She has served on a number of non-profit boards and lives in New York with her husband and teenage daughter.