Julia Bunting became the ninth president of the Population Council in March 2015. Ms. Bunting is widely known for her path-breaking work on reproductive and maternal health during her 12-year tenure at the UK Department for International Development (DFID), where she oversaw the UK government’s international development policy on HIV and AIDS; maternal, newborn, and child health; sexual and reproductive health and rights; and population.
Most recently, she served as a director at the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), where she led the Federation’s Programme and Technical areas. In June 2013, Ms. Bunting was awarded the honor of Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for improving reproductive health in developing countries.
Ms. Bunting has served on the boards of several global health partnerships, including the Health Metrics Network (HMN), the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH), and the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC). She served as chair of the RHSC for four years. She has authored numerous research publications on population trends, family planning, and public health.