Kristen Wenz is a Child Protection Specialist and global civil registration and legal identity technical lead at UNICEF HQ in New York. Kristen brings extensive experience from across several technical sectors across North America, Africa, East Asia and Europe. She has worked in the private sector as a Legal and Regulatory Business Analyst for a top Fortune 100 firm. She previously consulted for the World Bank and supported the content development for the CRVS e-learning course. With UNICEF in New York she was a consultant in the health section supporting UNICEF’s engagement in several of the Secretary-General’s initiatives under Every Woman Every Child including the Commission on Life-Saving Commodities, H6, and the Every Newborn Action Plan. In East Asia and the Pacific she was the regional technical focal point for birth registration and represented UNICEF as a member of the Regional Steering Committee and supported the development of the Asia-Pacific Regional Action Plan for CRVS.
Kristen holds a Master’s Degree from Columbia University, a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Vermont, and a recipient of the Harvard/USAID Global Health Fellows Program in Washington DC and Malawi. While at university she was a member of the Mortar Board and the Phi Alpha Honor Societies, and was in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, a McNair Research Scholar, URECA Research Scholar, and the recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman and the Honjo International Scholarships.