Roy Wadia, Regional Communications Advisor, UNFPA


Roy Wadia is currently Regional Communications Adviser for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Asia-Pacific Regional Office, based in Bangkok, from where he works with UNFPA's 23 country offices across the region on issues related to sexual and reproductive health (SRH), gender-based violence, youth empowerment and access to essential SRH services, HIV/AIDS, healthy ageing and humanitarian response in the context of disasters and conflicts with an emphasis on the particular needs of women, girls and young persons.

Born and raised in Bombay, Roy began his career as a journalist with Cable News Network (CNN) International based in Atlanta, where he helped launch, produce and supervise much of the global broadcaster's Asia-Pacific news programming.
In 2003, he joined the World Health Organization at its China office in Beijing, in charge of communications and media outreach, focusing on a range of public health programmes including emerging communicable diseases and pandemic preparedness, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, non-communicable diseases, and environmental health. 

In 2006, Roy was recruited by the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control in Vancouver as Director, Communications, working to support the provincial Ministry of Health as well as the federal Public Health Agency of Canada.

Roy returned to Bombay in 2010, where he became Executive Director of the Heroes AIDS Project, an NGO working in partnership with societal leaders and the media to destigmatize HIV and key populations including sex workers, men who have sex with men, and transgender persons, under the India HIV "Avahan" programme of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

In 2014 Roy returned to the United Nations fold as a consultant for the WHO Western Pacific Regional Office in Manila, before joining UNFPA in 2015.