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Grethe Peterson

CEO - Orchid Project

Grethe Petersen joined Orchid Project in August 2019. Grethe brings her deep commitment to the rights of women and girls to Orchid Project’s vision of a world free from female genital cutting (FGC). She joins Orchid from her role as Programme Director, Impact Investment at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) where she led the Foundation’s efforts to use investments to complement grant-making. Prior to this, Grethe led the Policy & Advocacy team at CIFF where, amongst other things, she led the establishment and management of the SheDecides support unit at CIFF to campaign for women’s rights. Prior to her roles with CIFF, Grethe spent nine years with Marie Stopes International (MSI), latterly as Regional Director, East and Southern Africa. Previous roles at MSI included Director for the Prevention of Maternal Deaths from Unwanted Pregnancy and Ethiopian Country Director, based in Addis Ababa for three years. Grethe received an MBA from UC Berkeley in California.