Sharyn Tenn, MA

Senior Director, External Affairs and Product Access

Sharyn is the senior director for external affairs and product access at the International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM), a nonprofit product development partnership established to prevent HIV transmission by accelerating the development and availability of safe and effective microbicides for use by women in developing countries. Sharyn is responsible for leading IPM’s global policy and advocacy program to secure political support and financial investments in innovative global health technologies that empower women to protect their health. In addition, she leads IPM’s access program to ensure HIV prevention products and other sexual and reproductive health technologies for women, are available and accessible where they are urgently needed.
Prior to joining IPM, Sharyn served as the director of international affairs at the American College of Cardiology, where she was responsible for the global expansion of the medical society’s work in health policy, treatment guidelines, cardiovascular research, professional education, and quality improvement. Sharyn previously spent seven years as the head of capacity building at a coalition of global development nongovernmental organizations, the SEEP Network, where she launched and led an innovative organizational development program to strengthen coalitions and associations in developing countries. Prior to this, she managed global development and health programs in Latin America and in South and Southeast Asia at Catholic Relief Services. Sharyn launched her career within the UN system where she served in human resource and project management capacities at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UNOPS.
Sharyn serves or has served on numerous boards and steering committees including serving as the founding board member of the ICAP Alumni Association; founding member of the International Medical Society and Health Association Network (IMSHAN); steering committee member of the Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC) and member of the convening group of the Global AIDS Policy Partnership (GAPP).
Sharyn holds a master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a bachelor’s of arts dual degree in International Service and Spanish and Latin American Studies from American University’s School of International Service.



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Sharyn Tenn, MA

Senior Director, External Affairs and Product Access

International Partnership for Microbicides

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