Kathleen Cravero

Distinguished Lecturer
Director, Center for Immigrant, Refugee and Global Health
Health Policy and Management
Before joining CUNY, Dr. Cravero spent 25 years working for the United Nations, serving in five different United Nations agencies and living in four different countries.
Dr. Cravero also held senior UN positions in Geneva and New York. Her UN positions included: Assistant Secretary General for Conflict Prevention and Recovery (UNDP), Deputy Executive Director for UNAIDS, Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Burundi and UNICEF Representative in Uganda. After leaving the UN, Dr. Cravero served for ten years as President of Oak Foundation, a private grant-making foundation based in Geneva. Promoting women’s rights and ending violence against women and children has been a priority in every assignment she has taken on. This theme continues in her present position on the leadership team of a USAID-funded project to improve the scope and impact of national Violence Against Children Surveys, which have been undertaken (or are underway) in 22 countries.
MPH in Public Health from Columbia University
PhD in Political Science from Fordham University
MA in Political Science from Fordham University
BA in French Language and Literature from College of New Rochelle
Research Interests
Global migrant health policies; strategies and interventions to end violence against women and children; the policies and practices of the United Nations and multi-lateral organizations; the role of philanthropy in international development