Kirsty Graham

Global President of Practices & Sectors and Global Chair of Health, Edelman

Chief Executive Officer, Global Public Affairs practice and concurrently Chief Executive Officer, Global Health practice, Edelman. Sits on Edelman’s Global Operating Committee. Over 25 years of public affairs experience. Formerly, spent 10 years at Pfizer, latterly as Senior Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, Biopharmaceuticals Group; oversaw the full scope of Corporate Affairs for Pfizer’s innovative medicines businesses, which operate in more than 125 countries and have a portfolio of more than 600 products generating approximately three-quarters of the company’s revenues. Previously Senior Vice-President, Global Policy and International Affairs, Pfizer. Spent 16 years in the New Zealand Foreign Service working on a wide range of economic, security and trade policy issues with responsibilities spanning bilateral relations with China, Japan and the United States. Diplomatic assignments included a secondment to support the Foreign Minister (1994 to 1996 ), a 5-year posting to Washington DC (1996-2000), a secondment as Deputy Spokesperson at the British Embassy in Washington (2001), and 5 years as New Zealand’s Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations (2006-2010). BA in English Literature and Postgraduate Degree in Philosophy from the University of Otago.

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