Our amazing mentor Ida Norheim-Hagtun is the Senior Program Officer at the Gates Foundation, working in global policy and advocacy and on senior leadership engagements worldwide.
The foundation is a group of impatient optimists working to reduce inequity: ensuring more children and young people survive and thrive; empowering the poorest – especially women and children – to transform their lives; combating infectious diseases that particularly affect the poorest; and inspiring people to take action to change the world.
Ida’s role at the foundation is a mix between strategist, communicator, and ‘tour manager’, working to ensure that all global leadership engagements – whether that’s high-level political meetings, major events, or field visits – are as impactful as possible, advancing the interests of the communities served.
Ida’s background is in policy, advocacy and strategic communication for social impact, with organizations like the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Iran, the UN Relief & Works Agency for Palestine refugees in Lebanon, and Oxfam GB in the UK. She’s passionate about the unique role of the arts, creative campaigning, and digital innovation in changing hearts and minds and advancing social causes, and has been involved in a range of creative work including an award-winning Norwegian digital campaign to change attitudes around overseas development aid; film and theatre production in the Middle East and UK to challenge preconceived notions about refugees and asylum-seekers; and a mobile crowdsourcing project to save lives after the Haiti earthquake.
Ida’s educational background is focused on international relations and humanitarian affairs, at schools including the United World College in New Mexico, the London School of Economics & Political Science, the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, and Harvard University. A traveller at heart, Ida grew up on an island in Arctic Norway and is, partly as a consequence, deeply passionate about issues of climate change, nature conservation, wellness, and nutrition.
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