23 May 2018
Our new Head of Partnerships takes up position in New York

We are delighted to welcome Ms Patricia Holly Purcell to the UN Global Compact – Cities Programme. Patricia joins us from UN-Habitat in Nairobi where she served as the Senior Adviser, leading the Agency’s strategic policy and programmatic initiatives, including the creation of a new global multi-lateral fund for sustainable urbanisation, in conjunction with the World Bank, the United Nations Global Compact and other United Nations partners.

Patricia is based at the United Nations Global Compact headquarters in New York and says she is excited to join the Compact and our Cities Programme:

I am privileged to have the opportunity to work with the UN Global Compact on driving deeper engagement with the world’s cities and our private sector network and other city partner organisations at this crucial time for urbanisation.

Cities are now, and will continue to be for the foreseeable future, where the greatest development gains can be made that will affect the lives and livelihoods of people around the planet.

Patricia brings diverse experience and a great skill set to her new role. Originally a financial and business journalist, she has worked for the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and the global insurance broker, Willis Group as Director of Commercial Sustainability. Patricia sees this blend of experience as being of real value to her role:

I hope to bring to bear my public and private sector experience to accelerate the great work and dedication within our existing local network and support more cities on a path towards inclusiveness, prosperity, and peace, in close collaboration with all partners who share a vision and commitment to a sustainable urban future.

Patricia has already had the opportunity to meet a large range of new partners from across the world. She represented the Cities Programme at the recent  Making Global Goals Local Business Argentina in Buenos Aires for the annual gathering of United Nations Global Compact Country Networks.

Welcome Patricia.