Dr. Mila Rosenthal is an advocate, researcher, and campaigner whose professional work across international human rights and human development has shaped her academic interest in the intersection of rights and development, particularly economic and social rights and the relationship between human rights policy and practice. She is currently Director of Communications for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), where she develops and oversees UNDP’s global communications strategy, providing strategic leadership and overall direction and guidance to promote UNDP's core mission, values and work, in order to contribute to reducing poverty and inequality, strengthening democracy, preventing conflict and averting climate crisis. Dr. Rosenthal also serves on the Board of the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, a leading independent organization working to advance human rights in business, tracking the human rights abuse and advances of companies around the world, and helping the vulnerable eradicate abuse.
Previously, Dr. Rosenthal held senior positions at Concern Worldwide, HealthRight International and Amnesty International USA, overseeing work on international public health and women’s health in Africa and Asia, and research and advocacy on international and domestic human rights abuses. Before that, Dr. Rosenthal lived and worked throughout East Asia, including with the UN peacekeeping mission in Cambodia. She researched the lives of women workers in textile factories in Vietnam for her PhD in social anthropology from the London School of Economics.