Kathleen Cravero


Kathleen Cravero was appointed President of Oak Foundation in February 2009. In this capacity she supports the Trustees of Oak Foundation to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. She also provides leadership and guidance to Oak Foundation staff in each of the six substantive programmes of the Foundation, including the Environment, Child Abuse, Housing & Homelessness, International Human Rights, Issues Affecting Women and Learning Differences.

Prior to joining Oak Foundation, Ms. Cravero worked for over two decades on a range of international development issues, from newly emerging democracies to conflict and emergency situations. Ms. Cravero worked in various posts of increasing responsibility with UNAIDS, UNICEF, UNDP and WHO. Her two last assignments with the United Nations included Director of the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery with the United Nations Development Programme (Feb 2005 – Jan 2009) and Deputy Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (from March 2000 to March 2005).

Advancing gender equality is a long-standing concern for Ms. Cravero. At UNDP, she chaired the Steering Committee of “Stop Rape Now – UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict”, which unites the work of 12 UN entities with the goal of ending sexual violence in conflict.  From 2005 to 2008, she chaired the Leadership Council of the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS, a group of prominent personalities who advocate publicly on issues related to women and the “feminization” of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Earlier in her career, Ms Cravero served as UN Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Burundi (1998-2000); UNICEF Representative in Uganda (1994-1998); External Relations Officer of the World Health Organization Global Programme on AIDS (1992-1994); UNICEF Senior Health Advisor (1988-1992); and UNICEF Programme Coordinator in Chad (1985-1988).

Dr Cravero holds a Ph.D. in Political Science (Fordham University), and a Masters in Public Health (Columbia University).