Senior Advisor, Partnerships and and Multi Sector Collaboration, Pan American Health Organization

Irene Klinger, a Chilean economist with 28 years of experience in the international arena, re-joined the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) in January 2012 as Senior Advisor, Partnerships and Multi-Sector Collaboration. Before that she was the Director of the Department of International Affairs/Secretariat for External Relations at the Organization of American States (OAS). Dr. Klinger was responsible for advising and making recommendations to the Secretary General and the Organization’s policy-making bodies on relations with the OAS Member States, Permanent Observers, UN system agencies, Inter-American agencies, international finance institutions, and civil society. Prior to this appointment she served as Executive Secretary with the OAS Summit of the Americas Secretariat, working along with Member States to develop the economic, political and social agenda for the hemisphere and follow up on hemispheric Summit mandates. Before coming to the OAS, she was Director of External Relations at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). An international expert who is well-respected in Washington, Irene Klinger’s expertise covers external relations, diplomacy, fundraising and project management. She is a University of Chile graduate and holds a Masters degree in economics from the University of Amsterdam.