Rene McGuffin has nearly two decades of experience leading international advocacy, strategic communications and development programs for global organizations.
In her role as a senior consultant at Global Health Visions (GHV), Rene provides guidance and support to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Policy and Advocacy team, focusing primarily on communications and advocacy efforts to support improved agricultural development and nutrition in Africa and other developing countries. Prior to joining GHV, Rene worked for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), overseeing strategic communications and advocacy in North America, where she researched and formulated corporate messaging and positioning around global initiatives, events and partnerships including G8 and G20 summits, Feed the Future, 1,000 Days and Scaling Up Nutrition. During this time, she served as WFP’s senior spokesperson and created integrated marketing strategies and campaigns around private sector partnerships valued at $30 million. She also spent six years in East Africa where she ran WFP development food and nutrition assistance programs, as well as communications and donor relations initiatives. Her project development and management work incorporated innovative and sustainable programming including support to smallholder farmers, home grown school feeding and pilot nutrition interventions.
Prior to joining the U.N., Rene worked as a journalist covering international affairs and development from Washington, D.C., Moscow and Beijing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College and currently lives outside Ottawa, Ontario, Canada with her family.