Evidence shows that when women are both empowered and healthy, they are more likely to have healthy families, educate their children, and make positive social and economic contributions to society. New discreet and long-acting HIV prevention tools have the potential to empower women to protect their own health and unlock their potential.
Sharyn Tenn, MA
Senior Advisor, Global Access
International Partnership for Microbicides South Africa
Sharyn is the founder and CEO of Tenn Global, a social impact and innovation consultancy, and currently serves as a senior advisor for global access at the International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM) where she provides human-centered design, policy advocacy and access strategy services to support women’s access to the dapivirine ring—the first, long-acting HIV prevention technology specifically for women.
Her prior experience includes 12 years in senior leadership positions at IPM where she designed and led external affairs, global policy and advocacy, market access programs. Prior to IPM, Sharyn led the international affairs department at the American College of Cardiology where she was responsible for creating a novel program to advance cardiovascular health and medicine through global partnerships in research and education.
Sharyn also held a senior leadership position at the SEEP Network, where she designed and led an innovative capacity building program to strengthen community-based microfinance associations in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe and Latin America. Prior to SEEP, she managed microfinance, humanitarian relief and social justice programs in Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean at Catholic Relief Services (CRS). There, she also served on the team tasked with designing a new initiative to build an organizational culture of strengths and appreciative inquiry.
Sharyn holds a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University; a Bachelor of Arts dual degree in International Studies and Spanish and Latin American Studies from American University; and an Executive Certificate in Innovation and Human-Centered Design from Johns Hopkins University.
She also holds certifications in positive psychology and positive education and became a certified National Geographic Educator for designing a character strengths-focused global leadership program for youth. Sharyn is a Fellow of the University of Denver and Aspen Institute’s International Career Advancement Program (ICAP) which aims to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion in leadership positions in international affairs.