Jenny Yates has been Director of Programmes at The Elders since 2015. Founded by Nelson Mandela, The Elders is an independent group of global leaders working for peace, justice and human rights worldwide, chaired by Kofi Annan.

Jenny worked for the previous 12 years at the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), leading the UK Government’s efforts to help Indonesia address climate change, based in Jakarta; and also working for DFID in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and in the Communications Division in London.

Prior to that, Jenny worked in NGOs and with the governments of Uganda and Swaziland, including working with Oxfam in Mozambique and as an Overseas Development Institute Fellow in the Ministry of Agriculture in Swaziland. She has worked on health programmes in a number of countries and currently leads a programme at The Elders to champion Universal Health Coverage.

Jenny has a degree in History from Queens’ College Cambridge and a Masters in Development Studies from the School of Development Studies at the University of East Anglia. She has two children and, outside of work, loves spending time with them and walking in the country.