Expert Profile



Ms Brenda KILLEN

“With more than 25  years’  experience  leading  the  design  and  delivery  of  international  development  programmes, Brenda Killen has worked with a range of global organisations to help them set strategic directions and deliver results in high pressure environments.

Brenda has strong expertise in building and supporting partnerships and alliances to achieve the SDGs.  As Director  of  the  Scaling  Up  Nutrition  (SUN)  Movement  Secretariat  in  Geneva,  she joined governments, civil  society,  the United Nations,  donors, businesses  and researchers in a collective effort to end malnutrition in all its forms; as Deputy Director of the OECD’s Development Co‐operation Directorate she led  work  to  improve  policymaking,  delivery, monitoring and accountability  of global  development  assistance totalling $140bn and was OECD’s envoy to the Agenda 2030 processes; and as Deputy Director  of Health Policy, Development and Services at the World Health Organization, she helped define WHO’s development  policy and role in accelerating progress towards the health Millennium Development Goals.

A strong advocate for the health, rights and wellbeing of women, children and adolescents, Brenda works with partners around the world to achieve gender equality in global health leadership as a Board member of Women in Global Health, and supports global accountability for the SDGs as a member of the UN Secretary General’s Independent Accountability Panel for Every Woman, Every Child.  

She has also worked for  the UK Department for International Development in several senior roles, including leading DfID’s regional policy advisory hubs for Asia, Latin America, the Former Soviet Union, and Middle Income Countries.

An experienced economist, Brenda has  extensive field experience in Africa. Brenda has an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics. ”