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Ms Tala Dowlatshahi


Senior Technical Adviser, United Nations, New York

Tala is a seasoned policy expert with significant partnership and knowledge networking experience working with the private and public sectors, governments, youth and women’s groups, academic and research institutions, civil society, and philanthropic and non-governmental organizations. Since 2017, she has been working as a technical consultant with USAID’s health research program to develop an interactive community of practice.


Between 2013 and 2016, she served in the Office of the President of the United Nations General Assembly (OPGA). As Senior Advisor for Stakeholder Engagement, she oversaw and coordinated the implementation of GA mandates and initiatives on civil society, refugees and migrants, information and technology, and health. She provided policy guidance on key issues in partnership with Member States, academia, the private sector and other relevant stakeholder groups and networks. She also served as point person in negotiations between OPGA Cabinet and Member States and civil society.


In a previous capacity, she served as Head of Communities for the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology where she was the lead facilitator for over 250 partnerships with security think tanks, UN agencies, NGO's and civil society and academic groups. She has over fifteen years’ experience with the United Nations including serving as an advisor to the World Health Organization in the Family and Community Health Cluster, UNDP, in the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, and UN/DPI (United Nations Department for Public Information), in the Non-Governmental Organization division. She also launched the USA chapter of Reporters sans Frontieres in 2002 and served on their board for nearly a decade.