UNITED NATIONS, New York -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday announced the appointment of Kate Gilmore, of Australia, as Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director (Programme) of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.
Ms. Gilmore brings to UNFPA more than 20 years of strategic leadership experience, working on social issues in her government and in not-for-profit organizations. She started her career with her government in social work and community education roles. From 1986-1992, she was coordinator and then programme development manager of the Royal Women's Hospital, Australia, where she pioneered programmes on sexual assault and developed a new human rights framework for sexual assault services in Australia. From 1992-93, she was CEO of Broadmeadows Community Health Service, then Australia's largest Community Health Service based in Melbourne and from 1993-96, she was manager of the division of community care in the Royal Women's Hospital.
In 1996, Ms. Gilmore joined Amnesty International Australia as National Director and in 2000, she was appointed Executive Deputy Secretary General of Amnesty International based in London. In this global role, she was responsible for 500 professional staff in headquarters and 10 regional offices with co-responsibility for Amnesty's global strategy.