Amy Shelver is Public Information Officer at UNCTAD. She is a creativity-obsessed communicator and serial idea-tor with a passion for doing cool things, the written word, and digital do-gooding. Amy has worked on development issues, using research, creativity, communications, and innovation to tackle local and global challenges for more than 15 years.
She has consulted widely, both domestically in South Africa, and internationally, across the economic, finance and banking, industrial and manufacturing, international Organization, sports, retail, built environment and engineering, tourism, tech, creative, digital and media industries.
Her work includes strategic projects for the United Nations, South African Department of Arts, South African Cultural Observatory, FIFA, Ford Motor Company (Sub-Saharan Africa), Experian (SSA), Black & Veatch (SSA) and several diplomatic missions, among others.
Most recently, she headed social and digital channels for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) where she helped tell the trade and development stories of our time. She was also co-author of its 2018 Creative Economy Report.
Difficult to box, and a formidable worker, Amy is foremost a creative thinker and problem-solver, obsessed with following good ideas from ember to execution. She has degrees in socio-economic development, media, TV journalism, anthropology, and psychology.
You really do stand out as Most Influential Person of African Descent, Congratulations Amy!!