Angeline Martyn

Head, Private Sector Engagement
UN Women

Angeline Martyn has spent over 20 years building partnerships with private and public sectors, social movements, and multi-lateral institutions that cross geographic, thematic and gender lines. Her commitment to gender equality stems from an early curiosity about her Sri Lankan heritage, where in 1960 the first female prime minister in the world was elected and women’s political participation reached new heights. She has a deep commitment to advancing how empowerment and leadership influence organizational and global outcomes, demonstrated in her own management style, in the partnerships she designs and through her contributions as a public speaker and adviser.

In September 2018, she joined UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. UN Women helps formulate global policies, norms and standards and helps member states, corporations and others adopt and demonstrate new approaches to bring about real changes in women’s lives. It also coordinates and promotes the accountability of the UN systems through system wide gender mainstreaming. As Head, Private Sector Engagement, Angeline develops and grows corporate, foundation and individual engagement and participation in the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment. This includes co-creating with corporations to offer practical guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community; forming key alliances and coalitions like the UnStereotype Alliance and Global Innovation Coalition for Change, and inspiring actions through initiatives like HeforShe. UN Women’s programming includes Women’s Empowerment through Climate Smart Agriculture, Creating Safe Cities and Spaces, and Prevention and Access to Essential Services to End Violence Against Women.

She joins UN Women from Save the Children where as Sr. Director, Global Corporate Partnerships she built multi-million, multi-year strategic partnerships and launched Save the Children’s first Regional Corporate Engagement Center in Asia. She led a team responsible for resourcing innovative programs to support children through cause-related marketing, employee engagement and shared valued initiatives.

Angeline was on the leadership team at Friends of UNFPA, the national committee for the United Nations Population Fund, where she managed media relations, as well as digital communications, branding and messaging to generate broad public awareness and engage donors, policymakers and advocates in improving the health and dignity of women worldwide. She ran their International Honoree Program and Student Award Program and executed missions to Cambodia, Mongolia, Madagascar, Guatemala, Sierra Leone and Sri Lanka. Other career highlights include serving as Director of Communications for Day One, the Sexual Assault & Trauma Resource Center of Rhode Island, where she launched a primary prevention campaign working with adolescent boys and girls, handled their re-branding, creative marketing campaigns, and the launch of its the Capital Campaign. Prior to that she worked closely with stock exchanges and financial leaders to facilitate dialogue and resolution during the Asian Financial Crisis, and quadrupled media coverage while leading worldwide PR for CardScan during a time where cloud-based technology and handheld device contact management was still in its infancy.

Angeline’s academic pursuits at the University of Oxford in Comparative Social Policy grounded in women’s economic empowerment, her design of advocacy and policy agendas to end gender-based violence, her efforts to make maternal and newborn death obsolete, alongside her population work are demonstrative of her commitment to the future we want.