Elizabeth Nyamayaro is a political scientist and senior advisor to Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director for UN Women. Nyamayaro is also the head of HeForShe, a movement founded by UN Women to empower all humans, especially men and boys, to have a voice and take action to achieve gender equality in their own lifetime.
Currently, Nyamayaro is a senior advisor to Under Secretary-General and Executive Director for UN Women and the head HeForShe Movement. Nyamayaro’s first partnership for UN Women was bringing on actress and activist Emma Watson to be the face of the HeForShe Movement. Prior to her work for UN Women, Nyamayaro worked for Merck, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. As part of the Senior Leadership within the Corporate Strategy Office at Merck, she worked to continue Merck’s vision of broadening access to medicine in developing countries. She also focused on and launched key women’s initiatives including “Merck for Mothers,” a $500 million commitment to reduce maternal mortality, “Saving Mothers, Giving Life”, an initiative with the US Government and then- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton focusing on maternal health and lastly, “Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon Alliance” which partnered with the George W. Bush Institute, UNAIDS, Susan G. Komen and PEPFAR to aid in cervical cancer prevention. In the past 15 years, Nyamayaro has held positions at UNAIDS, the World Health Organization and the World Bank. There, she worked to support public health initiatives. In both the public and private sector, Nyamayaro has worked at the forefront of Africa’s development for more than a decade. In May 2015, Nyamayaro filmed a TED Talk for TEDWomen titled, “An invitation to men who want a better world for women.” As of March 2016, her TED Talk has gotten 1,240,141 views. Additionally, she founded Africa IQ, a nonprofit that aims to contribute to Africa’s economic growth and development.