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PATRICIA O’HAYER

GLOBAL HEAD, COMMUNICATIONS & GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS, RB

Patricia O’Hayer is a Communications and Public Affairs professional with over 20 years’ experience in change, policy and partnerships with the UN organisations. She is an international politics graduate from the George Washington University, and is a member of the board of directors of Raleigh International and a European trustee of the Global Poverty Project. Since 2013, she has been RB’s Global Head of Corporate Affairs, Government Relations and Strategic Partnerships.

Prior to this, she worked as Director Communications and Campaigns at Plan International, and as Vice-President, Global Communications, for Unilever. Born American, Belgian national and living in the UK, Patty is a passionate advocate for water and sanitation issues, and had led initiatives such as the Hygiene Index in India and is responsible for the Save a Child a Minute campaign to reduce diarrhoea as a top 5 killer of children in India, Pakistan and Nigeria. She has also implemented issues and crisis management systems in major companies such as Tetra Pak, Baxter and Dow Corning.