Mary Kinney is a health policy and systems researcher focusing on maternal and newborn health issues. She is a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Western Cape's School of Public Health focusing on implementation research for maternal and perinatal death surveillance and response. She worked for over a decade for the Save the Children US’s Saving Newborn Lives programme providing technical analysis and writing support. She is passionate about using evidence in global and national advocacy efforts and enjoys working with large global teams to translate evidence into policy action. She has worked extensively in Ethiopia, Malawi, Nigeria and Uganda. Some of her recent global activities include the Every Newborn Action Plan, The Lancet Ending preventable stillbirth series, The Lancet Every newborn series, and Born Too Soon: The Global Action Report for Preterm Births. She is based in South Africa, holds a Master’s degree in international relations from the University of Cape Town.