​Fiona Bayat-Renoux

​Fiona Bayat-Renoux

Senior Advisor & Director of Innovation

UN Women


Fiona Bayat-Renoux is currently Senior Advisor to UN Women’s Deputy Executive Director and the Director of Innovation for UN Women. As the Director of Innovation, she is responsible for implementation of UN Women’s Innovation Strategy which focuses on (i) growing the innovation market for women; (ii) mainstreaming gender throughout the innovation cycle; (iii) promoting women as innovators and entrepreneurs; and (iv) directly developing innovative solutions that advance women and girls. Fiona led the development of UN Women’s innovative “Buy from Women” Platform that links women to markets, information and finance. She also supports teams working on leveraging technology to increase access to education, as well as on exploring the potential of blockchain technology in development and humanitarian contexts. Prior to joining UN Women, Fiona worked with UNDP, UNOPS, IRC and the Asia Foundation. She spent almost 9 years in various crisis-affected countries, including Afghanistan, Iraq, DRC, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka, managing large scale programmes.  Fiona holds a Master degree in Economics and has co-authored a number of publications and reports. 

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