Kristin Hetle

Former Director of Strategic Partnerships, UN Women
Kristin Hetle

Kristin Hetle's Story

Kristin Hetle has long experience working for women’s rights, starting out as a feminist activist in her early teens decades ago, and most recently as part of the founding management team of UN Women, the United Nations’ dedicated agency for gender equality and women’s empowerment. Here she served as Director of Strategic Partnerships since 2011, its first year of operations. She led corporate communications and advocacy, resource mobilization and partnerships with civil society and with the business community and other partners including sports organizations. Previously, Kristin Hetle served four years as Director of Communications for the Ministry of Labour in Norway, and was for six years Chief of Communications in the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), where she spearheaded public awareness campaigns on sexual and reproductive health and rights. Prior to that, Ms. Hetle was CEO of Media Lion Inc., a company she co-founded; specializing in communication strategies and media training for public and corporate leaders. Ms. Hetle is a journalist by training, and anchored a variety of programs on current affairs and social issues in Norwegian Public Radio for almost 20 years.

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