Mr. Kul Chandra Gautam, Co-Chair of the Independent Accountability Panel (IAP) on Women’s and Children’s Health, is a distinguished international civil servant, development professional, public policy expert, and human rights activist. He is a former Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations with extensive experience in international diplomacy, development cooperation and humanitarian assistance. In his long UN career spanning over three decades, Gautam provided leadership for strategic planning, policy guidance and programme management. Mr. Gautam serves on the Boards of several international organizations, charitable foundations and public private partnerships. He is Chair of the Board of anti-poverty advocacy organization RESULTS, Inc (USA); Member of the Board of Trustees of OXFAM GB; Trustee of Religions for Peace (USA); Member, Steering Committee of Global Partnership on Violence against Children (USA); and a Champion for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE).