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Permanent Representative to the United Nations, International Chamber of Commerce

Louise Kantrow was appointed the International Chamber of Commerce’s permanent representative to the United Nations in March 2007. Her career has included posts within the United Nations and senior positions at nonprofit, governmental and intergovernmental organizations closely associated with UN activities.

Most recently, Ms. Kantrow served as executive director of the International League for Human Rights, one of the oldest human rights organizations in the United States. Prior to that, she was executive vice president and chief operating officer with the UN Association of the USA (UNA-USA), where she supervised a major expansion of programs at the Business Council to the United Nations. Ms. Kantrow has also served as senior advisor to the United Nations Population Fund and as director of operations at the Population Council. She worked for fourteen years as economic affairs officer in the UN Department of Economic and Social Development, following service as a senior economist with the U.S. Agency for International Development and as a population affairs officer with the UN.

Ms. Kantrow holds doctoral and master’s degrees in demography and economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Michigan.