Executive Director of the United Nations Association – UK
Natalie Samarasinghe is Executive Director of the United Nations Association – UK (UNA-UK), where she has worked since 2006. She is the first woman to hold this role. On sabbatical in 2019-21, she served as chief of strategy for the UN’s 75th anniversary and before this as speechwriter for the President of the 73rd UN General Assembly. She has advised governments and NGOs on human rights; spearheaded the 1 for 7 Billion campaign to transform the UN Secretary-General selection process; and won a Global Challenges Foundation award for a UN reform proposal. A regular commentator on international organisations, Samarasinghe has co-edited the eight-volume SAGE Major Work on the UN and contributed chapters to the Oxford and Routledge UN handbooks. She has degrees from the University of Oxford and London School of Economics.