Anita Tiessen is Chief Executive Officer for WAGGGS, the global movement for girls, where her key priority is increasing the reach and relevance of the life changing experience that Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting by building stronger connections amongst the 146 country members, delivering innovative services at scale, and having a stronger voice and influence on issues affecting girls and young women.
Before taking on this role, Anita was Deputy Executive Director at UNICEF UK, responsible for the organization’s public affairs, programmes and communications work. She led work to embed children’s rights in the UK, including programmes in schools, health settings and in local government for 14 years.
Prior to joining UNICEF UK, Anita worked at Amnesty International’s global headquarters in London, and previously worked in government and journalism in Canada. She has travelled widely in both roles, including to the 1995 World Conference on Women in Beijing. Born in Canada, she is married, with two daughters aged 10 and 13.