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Ryan Ubuntu Olson

Guest Speaker

Professional affiliation

Technical Advisor- Gender and Human Rights, Palladium

Full Biography

Ryan Ubuntu Olson is a Technical Advisor at Palladium primarily working under the USAID & PEPFAR-funded Health Policy projects. He has almost two decades of global health and human rights-related experience working in multiple country contexts on issues of HIV, sexual reproductive health & rights, gender and sexual diversity, and diversity and inclusion. Olson has led numerous activities focused on the intersections of stigma, discrimination and violence as it impacts upon access to health services by marginalized and underrepresented populations. Olson also has helped spearhead many of Palladium’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. Olson was recognized in 2017 by the Clinton Foundation for his outstanding commitment to advancing global LGBTI human rights at the annual Clinton Global Initiative University. In May of 2018, he joined a US Congressional Delegation to Cuba as a gender and sexual diversity expert for an LGBTI-themed trip. In 2020, Olson joined the Global Fund's Technical Review Panel, which offers guidance to the Global Fund Secretariat. In 2021, Olson became a co-chair of the Society for International Development’s Inclusive Development working group. Olson holds a master's degree in Public Service from the Clinton School of Public Service and a bachelor's degree from Gonzaga University.