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Yvonne MacPherson

BBC Media Action / Harvard Berkman Klein Center
U.S. Director / Affiliate Fellow
Yvonne MacPherson is the U.S. Director of BBC Media Action, the international NGO of the BBC created to use media and communication for development, and an affiliate fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. As US Director she leads the relationship with key funders and partners, including the US government, the United Nations and private foundations, and contributes to the strategic design of programs that use media to achieve development goals. Prior to her US position, she was BBC Media Action’s Country Director in India. In this role she was responsible for all strategic, program, financial and technical aspects of the organization’s operations in India. Yvonne has designed and managed social and behavior change initiatives on Ebola, HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, gender equality and livelihoods, among others. At Harvard, she is examining the role of digital solutions used to respond to global health emergencies and scrutinizing the impact these solutions have on human behavior and social norms.

Yvonne holds a MSc from the London School of Economics and a BA (Hons) from McGill University, Montreal Canada, and has completed many short courses, including one on Health and Human Rights at the Harvard School of Public Health, USA. Yvonne was nominated for the Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights in 2008 and was selected as an Asia Society Young Leader in 2011.