Kalla, Kristin

Chief Programme Officer

  • Kristin Kalla
    +603-9171 5394
    United States of America

    Research Interests

    • and spiritual health
    • Determinants of health inequities between indigenous and non-indigenous populations
    • governance and capacity for locally designed solutions to local challenges
    • human rights and gender justice
    • International law
    • Sexual Violence
    • sexuality and HIV/AIDS
    • Strengthening health system
    • traditional healing systems
    • Whole medical
    • Women’s health and reproductive empowerment
    •  Gender
    •  Sexual and gender-based violence in humanitarian disasters and crises


    • Master of Public Health (MPH), University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), emphasis in Community Health
    • Master of Arts (MA), African Area Studies, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), emphasis in Medical Anthropology
    • Bachelor of Arts (BA), Communication, University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
    •  Graduate of first UN Leadership Academy launched by the UN Secretary General and Chair HM Queen Noor
    • United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) - GBViE (Minimum Standards for Prevention and Response to Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies) Surge/Global Emergency Training Certificate
    • Ayurvedic Nutrition Practitioner, Certificate — Academy of Ayurvedic Studies, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    • Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master and Practitioner - Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Arizona
    • Adult First Aid/CPR/AED Certification, American Red Cross


    • 2017 – to-date: Member, American Public Health Association (APHA)
    • 2016 – 2019: Senior Expert and Consultant, Gender-based Violence (GBViE) Surge Global Humanitarian Emergency Roster, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Global, and West and Central Africa Regional Office (WCARO), Dakar, Senegal
    • 2013: Senior Expert to Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative (PSVI), launched by the former UK Foreign Secretary William Hague through the Presidency of the G8 to respond to sexual violence in armed conflict settings by supporting states to build their national capacities.

    Biographical Statement

    Kristin Kalla is a senior global health and social justice leader who has worked with various United Nations agencies, governments, donors, and international non-profit organisations. With over 25 years of experience, Ms. Kalla has strengthened capacity of ministries, development and public health institutions in the Global South as an administrator, public health anthropologist, gender justice and communications expert focusing on humanitarian efforts in conflict-/post-conflict settings, operations research, monitoring and evaluation, women’s and community health, livelihoods, nutrition, multi-sectoral justice and rehabilitation programmes, and gender-sensitive responses.

    With an expertise in translating business theory, donor requirements & strategy into effective development institutions, operational systems & program practices to achieve exceptional outcomes, she has raised resources and managed large grants and funds up to US$50 million. Her hands-on operational expertise has transformed organisational cultures, guided strategic programme change, developed leaders, and strengthened public sector institutions.

    Ms. Kalla’s career foundation focusing on the healing and well-being of marginalized, disenfranchised, vulnerable and at-risk populations has been informed by the unique life experience as the daughter of a Palestinian refugee.

    She has been a guest lecturer at the University of Minnesota Law School; Washington University Law School & Institute for Public Health; Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice, University of San Diego; School of Criminology in Amsterdam; Makerere University, School of Law; University of North Carolina, Schools of Law, Policy and Public Health; Princeton University, Faith and Ethics Program; University of California, Los Angeles; and Emory University, School of Public Health.

    Ms. Kalla’s in-country work experience includes Botswana, Columbia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Lebanon, Malaysia, Netherlands, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uganda, United States, Viet Nam, and Zambia.