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UNA-UK appoints Marissa Conway as CEO

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Marissa Conway, incoming UNA-UK CEO

UNA-UK is pleased to announce that Marissa Conway has been appointed as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective from 11 April 2022.

Marissa is a feminist activist and foreign policy expert. She is the co-founder of the Centre for Feminist Foreign Policy where she served as its UK Executive Director from 2016-2022.

Commenting on her appointment, Marissa said:

I am delighted and honoured to be joining UNA-UK. From the systemic inequalities laid bare by the pandemic to current geopolitical tensions and subsequent violence, the need for global cooperation has never been stronger. I look forward to working alongside UNA-UK’s excellent team, trustees, and members to help build a safer, fairer, and more sustainable world.

Marissa’s work and insight have been featured in outlets like the BBC, the New York Times, Foreign Policy, and Marie Claire. She has received numerous accolades for her work and in 2019 was named on the Forbes 30 Under 30 List.

Lord Stewart Wood, Chair of UNA-UK, said:

I am delighted that Marissa will soon be joining UNA-UK as our new Chief Executive. Marissa is a distinguished analyst of international affairs, but she is also an impressive advocate of and activist for change. She will bring a strong values-centred approach to the work of UNA-UK and to the leadership of our team, as well as to partnership with our members, supporters and other fellow-travelling NGOs. Her combination of experience in the founding, running and financing of a successful NGO with intellectual distinction promises to stand UNA-UK in good stead for the next phase of our work.

Originally from Silicon Valley in California, Marissa began her advocacy career in human trafficking prevention. She has a BA in Political Science and a BA in Music from Chapman University in California, as well as an MA in Gender Studies from SOAS University of London.  

Photo: Marissa Conway, UNA-UK's incoming CEO. Credit: Leo Gomes

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