Board Member Biography - Tesmer Atsbeha

Tesmerelna Atsbeha has worked in the field of international development for 15 years. Her professional focus has been in program management, human rights-based approaches and capacity-strengthening of civil society networks and organizations engaged in public health advocacy and service delivery. She began her career in Public Health research focused on HIV/AIDS prevention, Women’s Health and structural interventions. She has over 9 years’ experience working in Eastern and Southern Africa in program and grants management.  For the past 5 years, she has specialized in capacity-building, systems strengthening and leadership development of Sexual/Reproductive Health and Rights organizations globally. Currently she is a Program Advisor at UN Women in the Leadership and Governance section, where she leads the Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health portfolio. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a Master’s degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University-Teacher's College and a Bachelor's degree in International Relations & Community Medicine from Brown University. She practices Vipassana meditation and Vinyasa yoga.