4th Global Conference

16-19 May 2016 • Copenhagen, Denmark

4th Global Conference

16-19 May 2016 • Copenhagen, Denmark

Confirmed Speakers:

Francesca Adeola Abiola

Rise Up

Francesca Adeola Abiola is a passionate advocate for sexual and reproductive health (SRH). She oversees AHI’s social media platforms, providing technical assistance to AHI project partners and organiz…

Ahmed Taha Aboushady

Ahmed Taha Aboushady is a Medical Student at Faculty of Medicine, Alexandria University in Egypt. Ahmed is a one of the 200 Women Deliver Young Leaders. He coordinates projects both at the local, nati…

Sylvia Trent-Adams

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

As Deputy Surgeon General, Rear Admiral (RADM) Sylvia Trent-Adams advises and supports the Surgeon General regarding operations of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) Commissioned Corps and in comm…

Adebisi Adenipekun

Lighthouse Global Health Initiative

: @BisiMystery

Adebisi is a passionate youth advocate committed to improving the health and well-being of young people, especially girls and rural/slum dwellers. He is the leader of Lighthouse Global Health Initiati…

Geoff Adlide

Global Partnership for Education

: @GPforEducation

An experienced advocate, Geoff Adlide has orchestrated and contributed to political campaigns and fundraising efforts in a variety settings, including lobbying for legislation in the Australian Nation…

Abiola Akiyode,

Women Advocates Research and Documentation Center (WARDC)

Dr. Abiola Akiyode,is a legal practitioner and the Executive Director of Women Advocates Research and Documentation Center (WARDC).

Kaosar Afsana

BRAC Health Programme

Dr. Kaosar has been working for BRAC, for over 21 years. Currently, she is the Director of Health, Nutrition and Population. She is a Professor in the James P. Grant School of Public Health, BRAC Univ…

Koki Agarwal


: @Koki_Agarwal

Koki Agarwal has over 30 years of service delivery experience in reproductive health and maternal health, and over 20 years leading, managing, and implementing some of the largest USAID-funded global …

Priya Agrawal

MSD for Mothers

: @priya__agrawal

Dr. Priya Agrawal is Executive Director of MSD for Mothers — MSD's 500 million dollar, ten-year commitment to ending preventable maternal mortality. She is an Obstetrician and Gynecologist and global …

Abia Akram

National Forum of Women with Disabilities (NFWWD)

: @AbiaAkram

Abia Akram is the CEO of the National Forum of Women with Disabilities (NFWWD), one of LIGHT FOR THE WORLD‘s partner organisations in Pakistan.

Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen

Plan International

Top UN executive Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen took over as the CEO of Plan International on 1 September 2015. Ms Albrectsen is the former UN Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director for M…

Maria Antonieta Alcalde

International Planned Parenthood Federation/ Western Hemisphere Region

María Antonieta Alcalde develops and implements IPPF/WHR’s advocacy strategy at the regional and international levels and supports the advocacy work of our Member Associations. She has co-founded seve…

Jennifer Chinoye Amadi

DKT Nigeria

: @AmadiJen

Jennifer is passionate about promoting healthy behavior through advocacy and community engagement. She is a social media executive at DKT Nigeria, creating and sharing content about family planning in…

Ximena Ibanez Andion

Instituto de Liderazgo Simone de Beauvoir (ILSB), Mexico

Ximena Ibanez Andion is an expert on issues of sexual rights and access to reproductive health. Master in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex in the UK, with a degree in Intern…

Antonia Antonopoulos


Antonia has worked for UNICEF for over 10 years in Senegal, the Maldives, Liberia and New York-HQ in the areas of partnerships, communication, and monitoring and evaluation. She previously worked with…

Rashmi Aradhya

Laerdal Global Health

Dr. G. V. Rashmi Aradhya is a medical doctor and public health professional with experience in Maternal & Newborn Health, Family Planning, HIV & STIs and Health Communications. She is currently workin…

Shams el Arifeen

Centre for Child and Adolescent Health at ICDDR,B

Shams El Arifeen is the first director of the newly established Centre for Child and Adolescent Health at ICDDR,B. Shams is also a professor at the James P. Grant School of Public Health at BRAC Unive…

Francis Armah

Women Deliver

: @ganyobioko

Francis is currently studying communications as an undergraduate student at the African University College of Communications in Accra and is a Project Officer at Curious Minds Ghana. He has worked ext…

Edith Asamani

Curious Minds

: @edithasamani

Edith Asamani is a sexual and reproductive health and rights and HIV/AIDS advocate. Currently, she is the Advocacy Officer for Curious Minds in Ghana as well as the Conference Manager of the 7th Afric…

Ian Askew

Department of Reproductive Health and Research, WHO

Ian Askew joined the Department of Reproductive Health and Research in January 2016 from the Population Council where he worked as Director of Reproductive Health Services and Research in Nairobi, Ken…

Emilienne De Leon Aulina

International Network of Women’s Funds

Born in Paris with a Spanish and Mexican anarchist heritage, Emilienne has over 20 years of experience working as a supporter and consultant of local and international human rights and women’s rights …

Ziad Ayoubi


: @ziadayoubi

Ziad Ayoubi studied Socio-Economic Development in Lebanon. He has been working on local economic development since 15 years.

Rita Badiani

Pathfinder International

Ms. Rita Badiani has a Masters Degree in Population Studies and over 25 years of professional experience in program management and development related to international health, primarily reproductive h…

Zubaida Bai

AYZH, India

Zubaida Bai is widely regarded as an expert and a leader in the field of engineering design for low-cost health products customized for the developing world.

Amy Baker

Global Affairs Canada

: @CanadaDev

Amy Baker has served in numerous positions within the Government of Canada, including at CIDA, the Ministry of Justice, Status of Women Canada, and Human Resources Development Canada. She also served …

Dorothy Balaba

PACE Uganda

Dr. Balaba manages all health programs in PACE Uganda a local network member of Population services international (PSI). She has more than 15 years of professional experience.

Marcela Ballara

International Council for Adult Education

Marcela Ballara is a member of Red De Educacion Popular entre Mujeres and Advisor to the Executive Committee and the Coordinator since 2010.

Memory Banda

: @Memorybanda75

Memory Banda is a tireless leader for girls' rights around the world. At age 18, she led Malawi's campaign that culminated in landmark legislation outlawing child marriage through her work with Rise U…

Joyce Banda

Joyce Banda Foundation International

Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda, Former President of Malawi and Founder, Joyce Banda Foundation International An entrepreneur, activist, politician, and philanthropist, Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda w…

Talimba Chisala Bandawe

Malawi Sexual Reproductive Health Rights Alliance

: @talimba_87_b

Talimba is a sexual rights advocate with six years of experience working on sexual and reproductive health and rights programs. Currently she is working as a National Program Coordinator for a sexual …

Akinrinola Bankole

Guttmacher Institute

Dr. Akinrinola Bankole is the Guttmacher Institute’s Director of International Research. He coordinates and supervises the institute’s international research portfolio. His primary areas of research i…

Betty Barkha

Asia Pacific Forum for Women, Law and Development

: @BettyBarkha

Betty Barkha, from the Fiji Islands has been involved in human rights advocacy since she was 18 years old. Prior to completing her Master of Arts in Sociology, she worked with various regional institu…

Liza Barrie


Liza Barrie is the Chief of Civil Society Partnerships at UNICEF. She has worked in this capacity since January 2008. Her ties with UNICEF date back to 1993.

Carmen Barroso



Carmen Barroso is the Regional Director of International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR). Among her responsibilities is the leadership of a comprehensive accreditat…

Marina Hilaire-Bartlett

Population Services International/Caribbean

Marina Hilaire-Bartlett is the Executive Director of PSI/Caribbean, the Regional network member of Population Services International. Marina holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Graduat…

Gregory Beck

FHI 360

Greg Beck leads FHI 360’s initiative to generate evidence and foster global learning on integrated development solutions.

France Begin


France Begin is Senior Nutrition Adviser for Infant & Young Child Nutrition at UNICEF Headquarter in New York and previously she was Regional Nutrition Advisor for the Asia Pacific region from 2009-20…

Anne-Marie Bergh

South African Medical Research Council Maternal and Infant Health Care Strategies Research Unit, University of Pretoria

Anne-Marie Bergh, PhD, is a senior researcher at the South African Medical Research Council Maternal and Infant Health Care Strategies Research Unit, University of Pretoria, South Africa. Focus areas …

Julie Bernstein

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

: @juleseattle

Julie Bernstein is the Deputy Director for Program Advocacy and Communications within Global Policy and Advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, responsible for Maternal, Newborn and Child Hea…

Jane Bertrand

Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Dr. Bertrand came to the International Center for Medical Research and Training (ICMRT) for the first time in 1971 to serve as editor – assisting researchers, many of whom were physicians, in converti…

Joannie Bewa

Young Beninese Leaders Association (YBLA)


Joannie is a medical doctor who has worked in adolescent and maternal health for 8 years. She is the founder of the Young Beninese Leaders Association (YBLA) which, since its inception, has trained 10…

Marie-Claude Bibeau

Global Affairs Canada

: @mclaudebibeau

Marie-Claude Bibeau was born, raised and educated in Sherbrooke. She started her career at the Canadian International Development Agency, working in Ottawa-Gatineau and Montréal, as well as in Morocco…

Jessica Biel

WomanCare Global's "If You Don't Tell, Then Who Will?" Campaign

: @JessicaBiel

Jessica Biel has starred in numerous films, both critically acclaimed and box office successes such as Hitchcock, The Illusionist, The A-Team, Total Recall, and Valentines Day. In addition to her impr…

Tinbit Daniel Birrye

Rise Up

Tinbit Daniel Birrye is a visionary writer and filmmaker on gender and SRHR. She started as manager for Whiz Kids’ “Girls Education Challenge,” training girls to produce one-minute films on these issu…

Deborah Birx

U.S. Department of State

Ambassador-at-Large, Deborah L. Birx, M.D., is the Coordinator of the United States Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy. Ambassador Bir…

Nathan Blanchet

Results for Development Institute (R4D)

: @njblanchet

Nathan Blanchet is a Program Director at the Results for Development Institute (R4D) where he provides leadership on R4D’s health systems reform portfolio, including the design and implementation of n…

Shannon Bledsoe

WomanCare Global

Shannon Bledsoe has over 15 years of experience designing, implementing and managing maternal and reproductive health programs worldwide.

Hannah Blencowe

London School of Health and Tropical Medicine

: @HannahBlencowe

Hannah Blencowe joined the LSHTM faculty in 2010. A pediatric and women’s health clinician with a Masters in Public Health, her work currently focuses on the UN’s Child Health Epidemiology Reference G…

Eleanor Blomstrom

WEDO and the Women’s Major Group

As Program Director at WEDO, Eleanor manages internal and external relationships and partnerships, including with staff, funders and coalition and project partners. She works closely with program staf…

Maria Bobenrieth

Women Win

: @mariabobenrieth

Born in Chile, raised and educated in the U.S., and for the past decade working across the globe while residing in Amsterdam, Maria Bobenrieth has over 20 years of international business management ex…

Amy Boldosser-Boesch

FCI Program of Management Sciences for Health

Amy Boldosser-Boesch is senior director and head of the FCI Program of MSH within the Health Programs Group, based in MSH's New York office. Amy leads the FCI Program of MSH team's advocacy and accoun…

Brittany Boettcher

Skoll Foundation

Brittany serves as Senior Program Manager for the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship, the Skoll Foundation’s flagship grantmaking program. Brittany works to strategically identify social entrepr…

Meghan Bohren

Department of Reproductive Health and Research, WHO

: @meghanbohren

Meghan Bohren is a public health researcher focusing on improving the quality of care of women’s health services, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.

Fernando H.F. Botelho

The F123 Group

Fernando H. F. Botelho, selected an Ashoka Fellow, was an Associate Director at UBS Philanthropy Services in Zurich where he managed the Visionaris Award, a partnership between Ashoka and the bank in …

Martha Brady

Population Council

: @MarthaBrady_PC

Martha Brady is a Senior Associate at the Population Council where she directs a portfolio of research and programming on girls’ and women’s health and well-being. Her work focuses on building the so…

Doortje Braeken

International Planned Parenthood Federation

Before joining IPPF in 2003, Doortje Braeken worked for the Dutch Family Planning Association as a sexuality educator, manager of youth programmes and international programmes for adolescents for more…

Charlie Bresler

The Life You Can Save

After earning a PhD in Social and Clinical Psychology from Clark University, Charlie became The Director of Behavioral Medicine for The California School of Professional Psychology, Fresno (CSPP-F) wh…

Rebecca Brown

Center for Reproductive Rights

Rebecca joined the Center in 2013 and leads the Center’s advocacy team in building human rights standards and seeking increased recognition and implementation of reproductive rights at the United Nati…

Gro Harlem Brundtland

The Elders

: @TheElders

Gro Harlem Brundtland has been a member of The Elders since its founding in 2007 and has served as its Deputy Chair since 2013. She was the first female Prime Minister of Norway and is credited as put…

Julia Bunting

Population Council

: @JuliaBuntingPC

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 a…

Flavia Bustreo


: @FlaviaBustreo

Dr Flavia Bustreo was appointed Assistant Director-General for Family, Women's and Children's Health on 1 October 2010. At WHO, she served as Deputy Director and then Director of The Partnership for M…

Kathy Calvin

United Nations Foundation

: @Kathy_Calvin

Kathy Calvin is President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Nations Foundation. Her career has spanned work in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. She is a passionate advocate for mult…

Jim Campbell


: @JimC_HRH

Jim Campbell is director of health workforce at the World Health Organization (WHO) and executive director at the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA).

Leslie Cannold

: @LeslieCannold

Reproductive Choice Australia and Pro-Choice Victoria achieved the two most stunning reproductive rights victories in Australia in the past 50 years. Leslie co-founded, devised the strategy and did th…

Giselle Carino

International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region


Giselle is the Regional Director for IPPF/WHR. In previous positions, Giselle served as the Deputy Director, and as the Director of Programs - Universal Access and led the Safe Abortion Team. Under he…

Leticia Jáuregui Casanueva


: @ljauregui

Born and raised in Mexico City, Leticia has presented her work on remittances, women’s entrepreneurship, women’s economic empowerment and gender equality at the Wharton School of Business, the OAS, th…

Caroline Casey

Dr. Caroline Casey, award winner and serial social entrepreneur, is both an adventurer and business woman. Subject of the National Geographic Documentary Elephant Vision, Ashoka Fellow, Young Global L…

Pia Cayetano

Senator Pia S. Cayetano is a champion of women’s rights, health, and education. A mother, lawyer, triathlete, and entrepreneur, she proves that there is no limit to what Filipino women can achieve.

Quetzalí Cerezos

Guatemalan Organization Women in Equity – Guatemala

Quetzali Cerezo, is the founder and Director of the Guatemalan organization Women in Equity – Guatemala (Asociación Movimiento por la Equidad en Guatemala -AME-Guatemala). Quetzali is a lawyer and act…

Yvonne Chaka Chaka

Princess of Africa

: @YvonneChakaX2

Considered a role model throughout the African continent, she has demonstrated compassion for others throughout her career. Yvonne has taught literacy, promoted the rights of women, and never stopped …

Satvika Chalasani


Satvika Chalasani works at the United Nations Population Fund’s headquarters in New York. At UNFPA, she focuses on the sexual and reproductive health and rights of adolescents and youth. She coordinat…


: @galligallisim

Chamki is a five-year-old girl muppet, dressed most often in a school uniform. Chamki is warm, friendly, sensitive and has a knack for solving problems. Chamki’s detective persona gives the show anoth…

Margaret Chan

World Health Organization

: @WHO

Dr Margaret Chan, from the People's Republic of China, obtained her medical degree from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. She joined the Hong Kong Department of Health in 1978, where her ca…

Angel Chibuye Chelwa

: @AngelChelwa

Angel is currently a Global Health Corps Fellow, working at Population Council Zambia on sexual, reproductive and maternal health research. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of…

Amelia Christmas

PRONTO International

Amelia is an obstetric and neonatal simulation specialist at PRONTO International based in Bihar, India; a state with poor maternal and neonatal health indicators relative to other states in India.

Mariam Claeson

Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Mariam Claeson, M.D., M.P.H., is the Director for the Maternal Newborn and Child Health team (MNCH) at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which she joined in July 2012.

Helen Clark

United Nations Development Programme

: @HelenClarkUNDP

Helen Clark became the Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme on 17 April 2009, and is the first woman to lead the organization. She is also the Chair of the United Nations Developm…

Francesca Colombo

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development


As Head of the OECD Health Division, Francesca Colombo is responsible for OECD work on health, which aims at providing internationally comparable data on health systems and applying economic analysis …

Angela Delgado Corrales

Colectiva por el Derecho A Decidir

: @jenyexperimenta

Angela has been completing research on how social movements work to ensure women’s rights in Costa Rica since 2014. She has a degree in Political Science and currently works as a consultant on matters…

Phyllis Costanza

UBS Optimus Foundation

Phyllis Costanza was appointed CEO of the UBS Optimus Foundation in June 2011. Prior to this, she was Director of Leverage at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), a UK-based non-profit ph…

Lester Coutinho

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Lester Coutinho, deputy director of Family Planning at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, leads the country action initiative aimed at contributing to the goals of Family Planning 2020, and ensuri…

Caroline Crosbie

Pathfinder International

Caroline is Pathfinder's Senior Vice President. She has expertise in program development and management, and a long and significant career with more than 25 years of experience in international family…

Monica Aleman Cunningham

Ford Foundaiton

: @ACunningham2013

Monica Aleman Cunningham works from the foundation's Eastern Africa office. Her grant making has focused on increasing the capacity of national, regional, and global groups, cultivating men as allies,…

Bernice Dahn

Republic of Liberia

Bernice Dahn is the Minister of Health in the Republic of Liberia, heading the country's Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.

Katie Dain

NCD Alliance

: @katiedain1

Katie Dain is Executive Director of the NCD Alliance, a global network of civil society organisations dedicated to transforming the fight against non-communicable diseases.

Payal Dalal

Standard Chartered Bank

: @pdalal

At Standard Chartered Bank, Payal oversees all programmes related to education (financial and digital literacy, work force development, and employability), health (HIV/AIDS and avoidable blindness), a…

Jashodhara Dasgupta

Ms. Jashodhara Dasgupta is currently the coordinator (CEO) of SAHAYOG. She is on the Steering Committee of civil society platforms such as the National Alliance on Maternal Health and Human Rights (In…

Chris Dendys

Micronutrient Initiative

Chris Dendys has more than 20 years of experience in social justice and social development and has expertise in building and strengthening effective coalitions, advantageous partnerships and grassroot…

Natasha Stott Despoja

Commonwealth of Australia

: @AusAWG

Ms Natasha Stott Despoja AM was appointed Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls in 2013. She a former Senator for South Australia (1995-2008) and former Leader of the Australian Democrats, and is…

Tania Dethlefsen

Danish Family Planning Association

: @Tandeth

Tania Dethlefsen has been the Deputy Director of the Danish Family Planning Association (DFPA) since 2008. She is in charge of all DFPA international activities including: programme cooperation with p…

Debora Diniz


Debora Diniz is co-founder of Anis: Institute of Bioethics, Human Rights and Gender, one of the key feminist groups dedicated to bioethics in Latin America. An anthropologist by training, she is now a…

Hema Divakar

Divakars Speciality Hospital

Dr. Hema Divakar is one of the best Gynecologists in India and practices at Divakar's Speciality Hospital, Bangalore. The hospital caters to women's healthcare and provides the best treatments, matchi…

Jovana Djordjevic


Jovana Djordjevic is a young feminist from Belgrade, Serbia. For four years, she worked with several women’s and youth organizations delivering training for youth on women’s rights, gender equality, s…

Pumla Dlamini

GAIN Southern Africa

Pumla Dlamini is a young nutrition leader in the South African community working as technical advisor with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) in Southern Africa.

Moya Dodd

FIFA & FIFA’s Task Force on Women’s Football

: @moyadodd

Moya Dodd is a Partner at Gilbert+Tobin Lawyers, and a member of FIFA’s Executive Committee, the AFC's Executive Committee, and the Football Federation Australia Board.

Denise Dunning

Rise Up

: @DeniseRDunning

Dr. Denise Dunning is a passionate advocate for girls, women, and young people. She is the founder and Executive Director of Rise Up, which impacts the lives of 115 million girls, youth, and women glo…

Sushma Dureja

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India

Dr. Sushma Dureja, Deputy Commissioner, Adolescent Health Division, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, is a medical doctor and gynecologist with vast clinical experience worki…

Barkha Dutt

NDTV, India


The face of fearless journalism, Barkha Dutt, Consulting Editor NDTV, excels in news reportage and incisive analysis. She is renowned for her intrepid work in conflict reporting from Kashmir, Pakistan…

Suzanne Ehlers

Population Action International

: @SuzannePAI

Suzanne Ehlers is President and CEO of PAI. She has worked for the last 20 years to promote women's health, rights and empowerment across the globe. Ms. Ehlers has carried out this work at PAI for mor…

Isaac Oriago Ejakhegbe

Women Health and Action Research Centre

: @Wisenobleman

Isaac has over five years of experience working in health promotion, maternal and child health care provision, and family planning. He currently volunteers as a program officer at the Women Health and…

Chris Elias

Global Development Program

: @ChrisEliasPATH

Chris Elias is the president of the Global Development Program, where he leads the foundation’s efforts in a diverse range of program areas aimed at finding creative new ways to ensure solutions and p…

Sue England

World Vision

Sue England is the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Technical Director for World Vision International based in Sydney, Australia. World Vision is one of the largest international NGOs in the world a…

Arthur Erken


: @ArthurErken

Mr. Erken has been appointed as a Director of the UNFPA Division of Communications and Strategic Partnerships in 2015. Mr. Erken has been working with the UNFPA for more than 20 years.

Charlotte Ersbøll 

Novo Nordisk

: @C_Ersboll

harlotte Ersbøll is a Corporate Vice President in Novo Nordisk, responsible for the company’s corporate social responsibility and branding activities. Since she joined Novo Nordisk in January 2005, sh…

Tim Evans

World Bank Group

Tim Evans is the Senior Director for the Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice at the World Bank Group. Before joining the World Bank he was the Dean of the James P. Grant School of Public …

Cherrie Evans

Helping Mothers and Babies Survive, Jhpiego

: @cherev65

Cherrie Evans is a Senior MNH Technical Advisor in the Global Learning Office at Jhpiego. Her main focus has been evaluating the efficacy of strategies to promote maternal survival in developing count…

Alex Ezeh

African Population and Health Research Centre

: @aezeh

Alex Ezeh is the Executive Director of African Population and Health Research Centre, Kenya, and honorary professor of public health at Wits University, South Africa. Dr. Ezeh has guided APHRC to beco…

Thembisa Fakude

: @fakudet

Thembisa Fakude, Head of Research Relations at Al Jazeera Centre for Studies, holds a Master Degree in politics from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, and is currently studying towa…

Mychelle Farmer


: @Jhpiego

Mychelle Farmer the Senior Advisor on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) for JHPIEGO. In this role she supports the global effort to integrate noncommunicable disease (NCD) screening and prevention into …

Jane Fisher

Monash University, Australia

Jane Fisher is an academic Clinical Psychologist, Professor of Women’s Health and Director of the Jean Hailes Research Unit in the Monash University School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine in …

Duncan Fisher

Duncan Fisher OBE has spent 18 years working to help health and family services engage better with the wider family in a partnership of care. He is currently working with midwives and pediatricians, P…

Helga Fogstad


: @HFogstad

Helga Fogstad is Director of the Department for Global Health, Education and Research at the Norwegian Agency for Development, which is a technical directorate of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Aff…

Lieve Fransen


Lieve is a medical doctor specialized in health and social issues worldwide. She holds a PHD in Social Policies. Lieve has a vast experience in pensions, social protection, innovation & health and wel…

Lindsay Menard-Freeman

Torchlight Collective

: @lindsmf

Lindsay is the founder of The Torchlight Collective, a social enterprise and global consulting group working to improve meaningful youth and adolescent girl engagement, support civil society movements…

Ann Furedi

British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS)

: @AnnFuredi

Ann Furedi is the chief executive of BPAS, the UK's largest independent abortion provider. Furedi has worked in pro-choice organizations for more than 20 years, mainly in policy and communications.

Kiran Gandhi

: @MadameGandhi

Kiran Gandhi is a Los Angeles-based musician, feminist activist and music industry thinker with an MBA from Harvard. She has toured professionally drumming for M.I.A and Thievery Corporation and curre…

Melinda Gates

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

: @melindagates

Melinda Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Along with Bill, she shapes and approves the foundation’s strategies, reviews results, and sets the overall direction of the organizat…

Atul Gawande

Ariadne Labs

: @Atul_Gawande

Atul Gawande, MD, MPH, is a surgeon, writer, and public health researcher. He practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is Professor in the Department of Health Polic…

Pape Gaye

IntraHealth International

: @pgaye

Pape Amadou Gaye is president and CEO of IntraHealth International. Under Gaye’s leadership, IntraHealth has garnered a strong reputation as an organization that fosters local solutions to health care…

Haileyesus Getahun


: @haileygetahun

Haileyesus Getahun, is Coordinator of the TB/HIV and community engagement unit at the WHO Global TB Programme in Geneva, Switzerland.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

: @DrTedros

Dr. Tedros Adhanom is the current Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. His distinguished health leadership career spans nearly 30 years and was previously the Mi…

Massimo Ghidinelli

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO)

Massimo Ghidinelli is a trained physician with over twenty five years of experience in international public health, with focus on infectious and tropical diseases, including HIV and STI. In 1982 he ob…

Julia Gillard

Global Partnership for Education

: @JuliaGillard

Julia Gillard is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Global Partnership for Education.

Before joining the Global Partnership, Ms. Gillard served as Prime Minister of Australia between 2010 and …

Kate Gilmore

United Nations Human Rights

Kate Gilmore was appointed United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights on 1st December 2015. She brings to the position diverse and longstanding experience in strategic leadership and hum…

Francoise Girard

International Women’s Health Coalition

: @FrancoiseGirard

Françoise Girard is President of the International Women’s Health Coalition and a highly regarded advocate for women’s rights and sexual and reproductive rights and health. She is an expert on strateg…

Githinji Gitahi

Amref Health Africa

: @daktari1

Dr Gitahi joined Amref Health Africa on June 1, 2015. Until his appointment at Amref Health Africa, Dr Gitahi was the Vice President and Regional Director for Africa, Smile Train International, where …

Patrick Godana

Sonke Gender Justice

: @GodanaPatrick

Patrick Godana is Sonke’s Government and Media Liaison. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Patrick was an anti-apartheid activist in the Eastern Cape township of New Brighton. A member of Umkhonto We Siz…

Aparajita Gogoi

White Ribbon Alliance/India

Dr. Aparajita Gogoi is the Executive Director of the Centre for Catalyzing Change (formerly CEDPA India). Dr Gogoi is a political scientist with over 20 years of experience in program management, advo…

Michelle Goldberg

: @michelleinbklyn

Michelle Goldberg is an author and journalist who has reported extensively on international reproductive rights and health. Her 2009 book "The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power and the Future of the W…

Belinda Goldsmith

Thomson Reuters Foundation

: @BeeGoldsmith

As Editor-in-Chief of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Belinda Goldsmith runs a global team of nearly 40 journalists and a network of about 100 stringers covering humanitarian issues, women’s rights, h…

Patricia M. Gomez

Integrated Midwives’ Association of the Philippines

Ms Gomez is a licenced midwife who also holds a Masters in Community Health Service. She has been the Executive Director of the Integrated Midwives Association of the Philippines, Inc. since 2013.

Lianne Gonsalves

World Health Organization

: @liannegonsalves

Lianne Gonsalves has been with WHO’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research since 2013. She works at the intersection of the Department’s mHealth and adolescent sexual and reproductive health …

Mónica González

Gonzo Soccer

: @MonicaGonzo

Mónica González officially joined ESPN in September 2011 as a soccer commentator, following her successful debut as a studio analyst during the network’s unprecedented coverage of the FIFA Women’s Wor…

Susanna Puerto Gonzalez

International Labour Organization

Susanna Puerto is a Senior Youth Employment Specialist at the International Labour Organization supporting the work of the Office on impact research in youth employment.

Michele Goodwin

: https://twitter.com/michelebgoodwin

Professor Michele Goodwin is a Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine with appointments at the School of Law, Program in Public Health, Department of Criminology, Law, &…

Indrani Goradia

Indrani’s Light Foundation

: @Indranis_Light

Indrani Goradia is a philanthropist and advocate for women’s health and empowerment. She is the founder and visionary behind Indrani’s Light Foundation, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to providing s…

Robin Gorna

Robin Gorna

: @RobinGorna

Robin Gorna is the Executive Director, for the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH). She is an advocate and strategist with a strong track record for leading effective action on se…

Mats Granryd


: @MatsGranrydGSMA

Mats Granryd is Director General of the GSMA and a Member of its Board. In this role, he leads the GSMA in supporting its global membership through a range of industry programmes, advocacy initiatives…

Nadine Grant

Plan Canada

Nadine’s career in international development spans more than 25 years and several continents, and multiple sectors. A passionate advocate for child rights, she has served as a senior leaders and consu…

Lambert Grijns

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands

: @LambertGrijns

Lambert Grijns is Director of the Social Development Department and Special Ambassador for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) & HIV/AIDS at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherl…

Florence Guillaume

Ministry of Public Health and Population, Haiti

: @FlorenceGuillau

Dr. Florence D. Guillaume is a Haitian politician and the former Minster of Public Health and Population for Haiti’s Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSPP). In this position, Dr. Guillaume fo…

Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda

World YWCA

: @vanyaradzayi

Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda is the World YWCA General Secretary. She is a trained human rights lawyer with extensive experience in conflict resolution and mediation. For some twenty years, she has been wo…

Ankit Gupta

Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights

: @ankit_g92

Ankit is a queer feminist activist. He is a member of Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YCSRR) and also serves as the Secretary to the Board of Directors.

Geeta Rao Gupta


: @geetaraogupta

Geeta Rao Gupta, Deputy Executive Director (Programmes), joined UNICEF in June, 2011. She brings over 20 years of experience in international development programming, advocacy and research to the UN …

Gerald Guskowski


Gerald Guskowski is programme manager of the global sport for development programme of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Amrita Gyawali

Karuna Foundation

Amrita Gyawali is currently Advocacy Director with the Karuna Foundation, previously with WaterAid/Nepal. She is an international specialist and advocate for inclusive WASH and women's menstrual hygie…

Lina Abou-Habib

Collective for Research and Training-Action

Lina Abou-Habib is the director of the Collective for Research and Training-Action (WLP-Lebanon) based in Beirut and working in the Arab region. She advises the Women Learning Partnership on several i…

Saadya Hamdani

Plan International Canada

Saadya Hamdani, currently Gender Equality Adviser at Plan International, Canada- has worked for the protection and promotion of human rights, particularly the rights of women, children and workers sin…

Kate Hampton

Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

Kate became CIFF's first Executive Director for Climate change when the foundation made its first grants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. During her seven years leading the team, Kate built a globa…

Karen Hanrahan

Karen Hanrahan joined the Center for Reproductive Rights in 2015 and serves as a member of the Center’s executive management team. She oversees the Center’s legal and policy work in the U.S., Latin Am…

Laurel Hatt

Abt Associates

: @LaurelHatt

Laurel Hatt has more than 13 years of professional experience in health economics and finance, health systems strengthening, and evaluation research. She is currently the health finance lead for the $…

Sarah Hendriks

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

: @sarah_hendriks

Sarah Hendriks, Director, Gender Equality, leads the foundation’s efforts to achieve substantive and sustainable results in promoting gender equality and unlocking the empowerment of women and girls. …

Susan Herbert

Merck Biopharma

Susan Herbert is Executive Vice President, Global Business Development & Alliance Management, Merck Biopharma. Susan is responsible for all partnering activities, taking the global lead role for ident…

Jessica Hjarrand

Inter-Agency Network on Education in Emergencies

Jessica received her M.Phil. in Comparative and International Education from the University of Oslo, where she completed research on education and conflict funded by a Fulbright grant, and her certifi…

Karl Hofmann

Population Services International

: @KarlHofmannPSI

Karl Hofmann is the President and CEO of Population Services International (PSI). The global health organization uses business practices to tackle many of the developing world's most difficult health …

Richard Horton

The Lancet

: @richardhorton1

Richard Horton is Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet. He was born in London and is half Norwegian. He qualified in physiology and medicine with honours from the University of Birmingham in 1986. He joined…

Hashim Hounkpatin

Benin Medical Students Association

: @hashhounkpatin

Hashim is the president of the Benin Medical Students Association as well as the West Africa Regional Coordinator of the Federation of African Medical Students Associations (FAMSA).

Silvia Huaynoca


: @SilviaHuaynoca

Silvia Huaynoca is responsible for implementing a strategy to increase young people's access to sexual and reproductive health information and youth-friendly services, as well as support youth partici…

Maisha Hutton

Healthy Caribbean Coalition

Maisha Hutton is the Executive Director of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC), a regional alliance of over 100 NCD focused civil society organizations. Maisha holds a BSc in Microbiology, a MSc. in…

Ximena Andión Ibañez

Instituto de Liderazgo Simone de Beauvoir (ILSB), Mexico

Ximena Andión Ibañez has sixteen years of experience working on the human rights field, particularly on women’s rights issues. She has an LLM in International Human Rights Law from Essex University. S…

Shayla Islam

BRAC, Bangladesh

Shayla Islam, Programme Manager, BRAC: Shayla Islam is a medical doctor and public health specialist with experience in primary health care, community health services, program management, training and…

Katja Iversen

Women Deliver

: @Katja_Iversen

Katja Iversen is the President/CEO of Women Deliver – a leading global advocate for investment in gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women, with a specific focus on mat…

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Lazard and Chair of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization

: @NOIweala

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a Senior Adviser at Lazard and Chair of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization. She was previously the Minister of Finance in Nigeria and Coordinating Minister for th…

Krishna Jafa

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Dr. Krishna Jafa is Deputy Director for Delivery Programs, Channels & Components in the Integrated Delivery team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She leads a team that focuses on developing a…

Rand Jarallah

Youth to End Sexual Violence

: @rand_jarallah

Rand is a young and passionate activist and artist with more than five years of experience in the subjects of youth education, health, and rights. She is the co-founder and Deputy Director of Youth to…

Kristian Jensen

: @Kristian_Jensen

Mr. Kristian Jensen has served as Minister for Foreign Affairs of Denmark and Deputy Prime Minister since June 2015. For Mr. Jensen, gender equality is a prime concern. From first day in office, Mr. J…

Jose Jeronimo


Dr Jeronimo is a gynecologist oncologist by training and currently acts as Senior Advisor for Women’s Cancers at PATH in Seattle, WA. Dr Jeronimo received his M.D. degree in 1989, and completed specia…

Hina Jilani

The Elders

: @TheElders

Hina Jilani has been a member of The Elders since 2013. She is a pioneering lawyer and pro-democracy campaigner, a leading activist in Pakistan's women's movement and an international champion of huma…

Paula Johns


: @johnspaula

Paula Johns is the co-founder and director of the ACT Tobacco Control Alliance, a Brazilian Coalition of over a thousand members, created in 2003 to support the process of ratification and implementat…

Maximina Jokonya


: @maxminaj2

Maximina was born HIV positive, and in 2004 her health deteriorated to a point where she could not even walk. In 2006, Maximina commenced taking Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) her health has since great…

Andrea Jung

Grameen America

: @AndreaJung9

Andrea Jung is the President and CEO of Grameen America. Ms. Jung joined Grameen America with the goal of scaling the organization to solve economic issues for women and their families across the coun…

Kiki Kalkstein

Pathfinder International

: @kkalkstein

Kiki Kalkstein is Pathfinder International’s Senior Policy Analyst based in Washington, DC. Kiki has dedicated her career to advancing the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls …

Tony Kalm

One Acre Fund, US/Kenya

Tony was the inaugural leader of One Acre Fund USA, helping to grow the organization from $3M to $18M in budget over three years. From 2013 to 2015, Tony served on the One Acre Fund governing board an…

Musimbi Kanyoro

Global Fund for Women

: @MKanyoro

Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro is President and CEO of Global Fund for Women and a passionate advocate for women and girls’ health and human rights, and social change philanthropy. Dr. Kanyoro is an accomplished…

Martha Karimi

World Coaches

Martha Karimi is a Kenyan ex-professional football player who became first a coach in the KNVB World Coaches program (Dutch program) and is now a KNVB trainer also (trains other coaches).

Dean Karlan

Yale University

A professor of economics at Yale University, Dean Karlan is the founder and president of Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), a nonprofit organization that designs and evaluates programs to help figh…

Tawakkol Karman

: @TawakkolKarman

Tawakkol Karman was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 in recognition of her work in non-violent struggle for the expression rights, safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in …

Shamsi Kazimbaya


Mrs Shamsi Kazimbaya is a Rwandese woman, married and mother of two girls, she holds a masters degree in gender and development with more than 10 years extensive experience in coordinating the impleme…

Imane Khachani

Imane Khachani is an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist from Morocco and holds a Masters degree in International Health and Development. She was a special youth fellow at UNFPA in New York and participate…

Imrul Khan

Marie Stopes Bangladesh

Mr. Imrul Khan has been working in the development sector for the last 16 years in Bangladesh and few other countries in South Asia. Mr. Khan worked diversely on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rig…

Wadah Khanfar

Al Sharq Forum

: @khanfarw

Wadah Khanfar, President and co-founder of Al Sharq Forum and the Chairman of Common Action Forum, the former director general of the Al Jazeera Network. He began his career with the network in 1997, …

Ruma Khatun

BRAC University and Developing Midwives Project

"Ruma Khatun joined the BRAC University diploma in midwifery education program as a faculty member in 2014. She is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health degree and has completed a BSc in Nursin…

Rajat Khosla

Department of Reproductive Health Research, WHO

: @khosla_rajat

Rajat Khosla presently works as Human Rights Adviser for Department of Reproductive Health Research at the World Health Organisation. He is a lawyer by training and specialises on issues related to se…

Joseph Kibachio

Ministry of Health, Kenya

Joseph Kibachio, MD/MPH, leads the noncommunicable diseases unit within Kenya’s Ministry of Health. Dr. Kibachio is a public health specialist, focusing on applied epidemiology.

Brenda Killen

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development

: @bmnellik

As Deputy Director of the OECD’s Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD), Brenda Killen leads DCD’s work in areas such as: development partnerships; private sector development; environment, green g…

Jim Yong Kim

The World Bank

: @JimKim_WBG

Jim Yong Kim, M.D., Ph.D., became the 12th President of the World Bank Group on July 1, 2012.

A physician and anthropologist, Dr. Kim has dedicated himself to international development for more than …

Michael Kimmel

: @MichaelS_Kimmel

Michael Kimmel is one of the world’s leading experts on men and masculinities. He is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Stony Brook University. Among his many books are Manhood…

Ephraim Kisangala

: @ephraimkis

Ephraim Kisangala is a medical Doctor who is very passionate about youth health. He is the president of the Federation of African Medical Students' Associations (FAMSA) 2014/2015.

Frances Kissling

The Center for Health Ethics and Social Policy

: @FrancesKissling

Frances Kissling, President, The Center for Health Ethics and Social Policy works at the intersection of values, ethics and reproductive health. She is a prolific writer, author of more than 300 publ…

Małgorzata Kot


Malgorzata is the coordinator of ASTRA Youth - a network of young advocates for sexual and reproductive health and rights from Central and Eastern Europe and Balkan countries.

Sandra Krause

Women’s Refugee Commission

: @wrcommission

Sandra Krause, Reproductive Health Program Director, provides strategic direction on sexual and reproductive health advocacy and research. She has been active in the public health arena for 25 years, …

Kate Kroeger

Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights

: @kroegerkate

Kate Kroeger is the Executive Director of Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights since 2012, fulfilling a lifelong dream of pursuing her feminist activism at an organization dedicated to supporti…

Raj Kumar


: @raj_devex

Raj Kumar is the founding President & Editor-in-Chief of Devex, the media platform for the global development community. A social entrepreneur and digital media executive, he's been a part of nine pr…

Sunita Kumari


Sunita Kumari is a 17-year-old girl from Koilari village in Jharkhand, India who plays and coaches football with the NGO Yuwa. Sunita has been playing football with the Yuwa since 2010, despite commun…

Taona Nana Kuo

Every Woman Every Child

Taona Nana Kuo is the Senior Manager of the Every Woman Every Child Health Team in the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General, United Nations, New York. Prior to joining the UN Secretary-General…

Gina Lagomarsino

Results for Development and Center for Health Market Innovations

: @LagomarsinoGina

Gina Lagomarsino is Principal, Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director at Results for Development Institute (R4D), with a focus on health system design and financing. She leads work aimed at exp…

Faiza Lahlou

Procter & Gamble, Europe

Faiza Lahlou is the Director of Communications in Europe for Procter & Gamble. Originally from Casablanca, Morocco, she joined P&G in 2000 and has held a number of roles in the company, moving from Ex…

Anthony Lake


Anthony Lake is the sixth Executive Director of UNICEF, where he has led the organization's renewed focus on equity, a cost-effective approach to achieving faster results for the world's most disadvan…

Crystal Lander

Management Sciences for Health

: @crystallander

Crystal Lander is a senior public health professional with experience in organizing, advocacy and public speaking. As the Director of the Policy and Advocacy at Management Sciences for Health (MSH) sh…

Ana Langer

Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Dr. Ana Langer, a physician specializing in pediatrics and neonatology, and a reproductive health expert. She joined the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health in July 2010 as a Professor of the P…

Giovanna Lauro


Giovanna Lauro, PhD - Giovanna Lauro is the Deputy Director of International Programs at Promundo-US. She has worked for more than a decade on the promotion of adolescents’ sexual reproductive health …

Aidan Leavy

Plan International

Aidan commenced as Inclusion Specialist with Plan International on July 1st 2014. He leads Plan’s efforts to embed the principle of inclusion and non-discrimination in its work and meet organisational…

Daniel Jae-Won Lee

Levi Strauss Foundation

: @flybyboy

Daniel Jae-Won Lee is the Executive Director of the Levi Strauss Foundation, which advances pioneering social change in the areas of HIV/AIDS, worker rights and well-being, asset building and social j…

Laetitia Lemoine

Laetitia has over 10 years of experience in sexual and reproductive health working with both the public and private sectors. She been at PSI since 2011, working with various franchise networks in Sub-…

Annie Lennox

: @AnnieLennox

One of the finest and most outstanding musical voices of our time, singer - songwriter Annie Lennox is also a tireless campaigner on the issue of HIV/AIDS and its impact on women and children’s lives.…

Kati LeTourneau


: @KatiLT

Kati LeTourneau manages knowledge sharing and systems for inroads: the International Network for the Reduction of Abortion Discrimination and Stigma.

Nana Oye Lithur

Republic of Ghana

: @NanaOyeLithur

Hon. Nana Oye Lithur is the Honourable Cabinet Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection of the Republic of Ghana. She is a lawyer by profession and holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the F…

Carla López

Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres

Carla López is the Executive Director of Fondo Centroamericano de Mujeres (FCAM, Nicaragua) since July 2009 and INWF´s Co-Chair since September 2013. Over three and a half years through her administra…

Anthony Lopez


: @athenslopez

Anthony is the official social media committee chair for ACT!2015 and a member of the ACT!2015 Youth Alliance in the Philippines. A member of the Young Southeast Asian Leaders’ Initiative, Anthony is …

Génesis Luigi

International Planned Parenthood Federation - Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR)

: @Gene_Luigi

Ms. Génesis Luigi studies Psychology at the Central University of Venezuela, where she conducts research on sexuality and intellectual disability. She has been passionate about sexual and reproductive…

Patrick Lukulay

Africa U.S. Pharmacopeia

: @PatLukulay

Dr. Lukulay has more than twelve years of experience in pharmaceutical drug development and analytical research. He has held a number of leadership positions at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and Pfizer as lea…

Juliana Lunguzi

: @JulianaLunguzi

Honorable Juliana Lunguzi is a Member of Malawi Parliament, representing Dedza East. She is the Shadow Minister-Health and Chair, Parliamentary Committee on Health. She is also a Public Health Special…

Julienne Lusenge

Women’s Solidarity for Peace and Integrated Development

Julienne Lusenge is President of Solidarité féminine pour la paix et le développement integral (Women’s Solidarity for Peace and Integrated Development) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). As P…

Mogens Lykketoft

United Nations General Assembly


On 15 June 2015, the United Nations General Assembly elected Mogens Lykketoft of Denmark to serve as the President of its seventieth session, which runs from September 2015 to September 2016. At the t…

Graça Machel

The Elders

: @TheElders

Graça Machel is a founding member of The Elders with her husband, Nelson Mandela. She is an international advocate for women’s and children's rights, a former freedom fighter and the first Education M…

Hans Henrik Madsen

Hans Henrik Madsen Consulting ApS

TVET and skills development have been a lifelong learning experience for Hans Henrik Madsen. After graduation in business administration and political science, Mr. Madsen became a teacher and later on…

Veronica Magar

World Health Organization

Veronica Magar (Dr. Ph, MPH, MA) is the Team Leader for Gender, Equity and Human Rights at the World Health Organization (WHO) and leads a dynamic team of technical experts to ensure that WHO programs…

Angeline Makore


: @AngelineMakore

Angeline spent her childhood in rural areas of her native Zimbabwe, this was where her passion for humanitarian and advocacy work began. In 2012, she founded SparkRead, an organization which addresses…

Laura Malajovich

International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region

Laura Malajovich has been with IPPF/WHR since 2009. As the Senior Advocacy Officer, she leads two advocacy initiatives – Joining Forces for Voices and Accountability and Budget Transparency and Reprod…

Anju Malhotra


Dr. Anju Malhotra is Principal Adviser, Gender and Development at UNICEF, where she provides leadership on gender equality, including policy, programmes, and research, and serves as the organization’s…

Leslie Mancuso


: @JhpiegoCEO

Dr. Leslie Mancuso is the president and CEO of Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University that for over 40 years has worked with front-line health workers to design and implement low-cost, inno…


Margaret is a 20 year old youth advocate from Sierra Leone. Margaret is active in her community: she regularly talks to her peers about challenges facing girls and takes part in a radio discussion abo…

Joy Marini

Johnson & Johnson

: @joymarini

Joy Marini is Executive Director, Worldwide Corporate Contributions, Johnson & Johnson, a position she assumed in 2007 following six years with the Johnson & Johnson Pediatric Institute.

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

The Mary Foundation

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark is a passionate advocate for health, gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. She is committed to creating awareness, respect and accep…

Marinella Matejcic


: @mmatejci

Marinella is reproductive health and rights activist who focuses on abortion rights. She is a freelance journalist with libela.org, a Croatian portal on gender, sex and democracy. Marinella is also a …

Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands

Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands has served as the UN Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA) since 2009. As Special Advocate, she is a leading g…

Nsovo Mayimele

Nsovo is a pharmacist and part-time lecturer at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University in Pretoria, South Africa. She currently serves as Secretary of the Junior Public Health Association of South…

Delores McLaughlin

Plan International

Delores McLaughlin has a longstanding record with Plan International working on social and economic development. She joined in 1994 to establish a global initiative working with Country Offices and pa…

Mona Mehta


Mona works with Oxfam GB in Asia, focusing on the We Can Campaign.

Molly Melching


: @MollyJMelching

Molly Melching is the Founder and CEO of Tostan. She has lived and worked in Senegal, West Africa since 1974 and has dedicated her life to the empowerment of communities at grassroots levels. Molly’s …

Abelone Melese


Abelone Melesse is a 19 year old rap singer who is getting a lot of publicly in Ethiopia, Norway and the rest of the world after her appearance at the Norway Got Talent (Norske Talenter). Her fame and…

Tewodros Melesse

International Planned Parenthood Federation

Tewodros Melesse was appointed Director-General of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) in September 2011. Mr Melesse has more than 30 years of experience with organizations committe…

Bente Mikkelsen

World Health Organization

: @kulmur

Dr. Bente Mikkelsen is Head of the Secretariat for the WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on the Prevention and Control of NCDs (WHO GCM/NCD) and the UN Interagency Task Force on Noncommunicable Diseas…

Lucy Mills


Based in London, Lucy manages the UK arm of Grassroot Soccer, an adolescent health organisation that uses the power of football to educate, inspire and mobilize youth people to live healthier lives in…

Neven Mimica

European Commission

: @MimicaEU

Mr Neven Mimica is a Croatian politician and diplomat, currently holding the position of European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development.
During his career, Mr Mimica has held many…

Geetanjali Misra


Geetanjali Misra is the co-founder and executive director of CREA. Geeta has worked at the activist, grant-making, and policy levels on issues of sexuality, reproductive health, gender, human rights, …

Andrew Mitchell

The Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP has been the Member of Parliament for Sutton Coldfield since 2001. He was previously the Member of Parliament for Gedling from 1987 to 1997 during which time he held off…

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

United Nations Women

: @phumzileunwomen

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. She was sworn into office on 19 August 2013 and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this…

Unami Moatswi

: @amberholiday

Unami is a Mandela Washington fellow, mentor, volunteer, and youth activist. She advocates for evidence-based solutions to address sexual and reproductive health issues, especially teenage pregnancy a…

Lauren Moore

Johnson & Johnson

Lauren Moore joined Johnson & Johnson in October, 2015, in the global role of Vice President, Corporate Citizenship. Lauren is responsible for driving strategy development and implementation of the co…

Claudia Garcia-Moreno

World Health Organization

Dr Claudia Garcia-Moreno is a physician from Mexico with a Masters (MSc) in community medicine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Natasha Leite de Moura

Public Security Programme at UNLIREC

: @natashaleite

Natasha is currently an Advisor for the Public Security Programme at UNLIREC. Over the past nine years, she has worked at several organisations, such as UNDP, UNICEF, UNLIREC, the Red Cross, Saferworl…

Theresia Moyo


Theresia Moyo is the Head of Education at Camfed Tanzania, an NGO dedicated to tackling poverty and inequality by supporting marginalized girls to go to school, succeed, and become leaders and change …

Fulata L. Moyo

World Council of Churches’

: @fulamoyo

Fulata L. Moyo is a World Council of Churches’ programme executive for the project on A Just Community of Women and Men based at the headquarters in Geneva. She believes that within the religious tra…

Loveness Mudzuru

Loveness Mudzuru is a former child brides whose successful court case led Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court to outlaw child marriage in January 2016.

Mireille Muhigwa

StrongWomen DRC

Mireille has worked to empower women in her native country of Democratic Republic of Congo for the past four years. She leads an NGO called StrongWomen DRC, where she promotes girls' education and emp…

Esther Mwaura-Muiru

Grassroots Organizations Operating Together in Sisterhood (GROOTS)

Esther Mwaura-Muiru is a Founder and Coordinator of GROOTS Kenya (Grassroots Organizations Operating Together in Sisterhood) — a network of more than 2000 self-help groups from poor communities in urb…

Ulla E. Müller


: @ullamuller

Ulla E. Müller is President and Chief Executive Officer of EngenderHealth, a leading global women’s health organization committed to ensuring that every pregnancy is planned, every child is wanted, an…

Jotham Musinguzi

National Population Council, Uganda

Dr. Jotham Musinguzi is currently the Dof the Partners in Population and Development (PPD) Africa Regional Office in Kampala, Uganda. Dr. Musinguzi is a Public Health Physician who until February 2007…

Genevieve Tororo Musokwa

Midwives Association of Zambia

Genevieve Tororo Musokwa is the president of the Midwives association of Zambia and a midwifery educator

Rachel Muthoga

Moving the Goalposts

: @RachelMuthoga

Rachel Muthoga is the Executive Director, Moving the Goalposts Kilifi (MTG), a community-based organization, established in 2001 that works with girls and young women in Kilifi and Kwale Counties in K…

Poonam Muttreja

Population Foundation of India

: @Letstransform

Poonam Muttreja is the Executive Director of the Population Foundation of India (PFI) - a New Delhi-based NGO established in 1970 to promote population stabilization in India and global thinking on po…

David Nabarro

United Nations

: @davidnabarro

Dr. Nabarro has more than 30 years experience in public health, nutrition and development work at the national, regional and global levels, and has held positions in non-governmental organizations, un…

Rossella E. Nappi

Rossella E. Nappi born in Naples, she is living in Pavia since childhood. She is Associate Professor at the Obstetrics & Gynecology Section of the Department of Morphological, Eidological and Clinical…

Sania Nishtar

Every Woman Every Child’s Independent Accountability Panel

: @SaniaNishtar

Dr. Sania Nishtar is the Chair of Every Woman Every Child’s Independent Accountability Panel. She is founder and president of Heartfile, which began in Pakistan in 1999 as a nongovernmental organizati…

Dominique Niyonizigiye

International Olympic Committee

Dominique Niyonizigiye joined the International Olympic Committee in 2008. She is responsible for the Gender Equality programme within the organization; supporting the IOC Women in Sport commission’s …

Lydia Nsekera

International Olympic Committee

Lydia Nsekera has been a member of the International Olympic Committee since 2009. In 2012, she made history at the 62nd FIFA Congress when she was co-opted onto the FIFA Executive Committee as the co…

Kelechukwu Nwachukwu

Girl Generation

: @luckyparadise23

Kelechukwu Nwachukwu is passionate about engaging young people in making their communities better places for women and girls. At the age of 19, Kelechukwu was elected the chairperson of the Abuja chap…

Catherine Wanjiru Nyambura

: @catherinenyamb1

Catherine works with Dandelion Kenya, a grassroots organization based in Nakuru, Kenya which focuses on implementing comprehensive sexuality education programs, working with young advocates ensure the…

Faustina Fynn-Nyame

Marie Stopes International

Faustina Fynn-Nyame is currently the Country Director of Marie Stopes Kenya and a board member of Marie Stopes International. Born in Ghana, Faustina’s family migrated to the UK at the age of seven wh…

Carol Nyirenda

CITAM+ (Community Initiative for TB, HIV/AIDS & Malaria)

Carol Nyirenda, Executive Director at CITAM+, Zambia, and International Global Health Advocate A Zambian native, Carol Nyirenda's advocacy work initially in TB created the foundation for her career in…

Yemurai Nyoni

Dot Youth Zimbabwe

: @YNyoni

Yemurai Nyoni is a 26 year old youth leader from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe who serves as the Founder of Dot Youth Organisation, the Team Leader of MOVE! Life Improvement and a Mentor in the Executive Committ…

Lucinda O’Hanlon

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Lucinda O'Hanlon is an Adviser on Women's Rights at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. A US trained human rights lawyer, she has been working with the UN since 2004 on a wide variet…

Janna Oberdorf

Echoing Green

: @joberdorf

Janna leads the communications efforts at Echoing Green, creating and implementing a strategy that leverages traditional and new media for brand development.

Maureen Odour


: @oduor_maureen

Ms. Maureen Odour is a bold internationally renowned pro choice ASRH activist, young leader and Development Specialist born and raised in Kenya, with over eight years’ experience working directly in g…

Femi Oke

Al Jazeera English

: @FemiOke

Femi Oke is an international journalist, writer and moderator. She is currently based in Washington, D.C., where she hosts the interactive current affairs show “The Stream” for Al Jazeera English. Fem…

Emem Okon

Kebetkache Women’s Development and Resource Centre

Emem Okon is a community organizer and women’s rights activist from the Niger Delta. Okon is leading a thriving Nigerian ecofeminist movement. She has received two awards in recognition of her contrib…

Elizabeth Okumu

Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health (TICAH)

Elizabeth is passionate about issues of sexual reproductive health and rights. She loves creating safe spaces for women, youth and adolescents to talk about issues affecting their sexual health and ri…

Vivian Adhiambo Onano

: @vivianonano

Vivian Onano is a women and girls’ advocate and youth leader who was born and raised in rural Kenya. Her arduous upbringing has forged her strong commitment to education, to women, and to leadership. …

Mabel van Oranje

Girls not Brides

: @MabelvanOranje

Mabel van Oranje has been a global advocate for freedom, justice and development for over two decades, she is the initiator and chair of ‘Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage…

Babatunde Osotimehin

United Nations Population Fund

: @BabatundeUNFPA

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, a physician and public health expert, became the fourth Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund on 1 January 2011. He holds the rank of Under-Secretar…

Charlemagne Marie Ouedraogo

University of Ouagadougou

Charlemagne Ouedraogo is a renowned women’s health physician at University hospital Yalgado of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso). Areas of expertise include maternal mortality in West African, development of…

Susan Papp

Women Deliver

: @sapa999

Susan is an award-winning advocate and communicator with a passion for improving the health of vulnerable populations. She has more than 15 years of experience working on global projects to advance gr…

Willie J. Parker

Willie J. Parker is a reproductive justice advocate. He is a graduate of Berea College in Kentucky, and holds degrees from the University of Iowa College of Medicine, the Harvard School of Public Heal…

Judith Pasimio

Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Rights

Judith Pamela A. Pasimio, Filipina, a mother, activist, women human rights advocate, works in solidarity with the indigenous women, and is currently the coordinator of LILAK (Purple Action for Indigen…

Pramila Patten

CEDAW Committee

Pramila Patten is the Vice Chairperson of CEDAW Committee, having been a member since 2003. She is also a member of the Working Group on Communications under the Optional Protocol to CEDAW and a membe…

Phillip Paul

Restless Development Tanzania

Phillip Paul is Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager at Restless Development Tanzania, a residential and business organization is located in Iringa, Tanzania; with offices in Dar es Salaam, Mbe…

Catherine Paul

Population Services International/Tanzania

: @catepaulmbiro

Catherine Paul is a Public Health Professional with a diverse skill set and experience of over 6 years managing and designing programs, expanding access to essential products and services in underserv…

Luwei Pearson

UNICEF Ethiopia

A global leader in the public health sector, Dr. Luwei Pearson has devoted the past two decades to helping women and children around the world. As a maternal and newborn health specialist, her commmun…

Saundra Pelletier

WomanCare Global

: @Saundraceo

Ms. Pelletier is Presient Emeritus of WomanCare Global (WCG). She served as the founding CEO of WCG for six years where she established a global hybrid model to launch products in both developed and d…

Tricia Petruney

FHI 360

Tricia Petruney is a Technical Advisor at FHI360. As a member of the Research Utilization team, she supports governments, funders, and program implementers to effectively apply evidence within health …

Gogontlejang Phaladi

The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health

: @GogontlejangP

Gogontlejang Phaladi is the Founder and Executive Director of the Gogontlejang Phaladi Pillar of Hope Project which she established in the year 2000 when she was 5 years old. Phaladi is a Philanthropi…

Emanuela Pozzan

International Labor Organization

: @emanuela_pozzan

Ms. Pozzan is currently the Senior Regional Specialist on Gender Equality, at the International Labour Organization. Emanuela has 15 years of international experience working in the Middle East, Afric…

Sandeep Prasad

Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights

Sandeep Prasad is an Ottawa-based lawyer and activist. Before co-leading the Action Canada amalgamation, he served as Executive Director ACPD for 4 years. From 2006-2011, he held the position of Direc…

Jo-Ann Purcell

The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health

Jo-Ann Purcell is the Director of the Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, and Nutrition Division in the Government of Canada's Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD).

Jonathan D. Quick

Management Sciences for Health

: @jonoquick

Jonathan D. Quick, MD, MPH, a family physician and health management specialist, is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Management Sciences for Health (MSH). An international non-profit organ…

Rachel Samrén


Rachel Samrén is the Executive Vice President, External Affairs for the Millicom Group. She manages the group's Government Relations, Corporate Communications and Corporate Responsibility functions. …

Shanti Rai

Three Sisters Adventure Trekking

“Shanti” was raised in a village in the remote, rural Solukhumbu district of Nepal with very little opportunity for income generation. In 2003, she left and became a trekking guide at 3 Sisters Advent…

Kavita Ramdas

Ford Foundation

: @kramdas

Kavita N. Ramdas is senior advisor to Ford’s president, Darren Walker, on issues related to the foundation's work in changing contexts around the world.

Naveen Rao

Merck for Mothers

Naveen Rao leads Merck for Mothers, Merck’s 10-year, $500 million initiative to reduce maternal mortality around the world. In this capacity, Dr. Rao is responsible for leveraging the company’s scienc…

Muhammad Khalid Rao

Dance4Life Pakistan

: @imkhalidrao

Muhammad is Member of the National Youth Council at Dance4Life Pakistan. He works to engage young people in advocacy work to ensure the sexual and reproductive health of young people in Pakistan.

Lars Løkke Rasmussen

: @larsloekke

Mr. Lars Løkke Rasmussen has served as Prime Minister of Denmark since June 2015. Previously, he held office as Prime Minister from 2009 to 2011. Mr. Rasmussen has been member of the Danish Parliament…

Cecile Richards

Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund

: @CecileRichards

Cecile Richards is a nationally respected leader in the field of women’s health and reproductive rights. As president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, M…

Jakob Riis

Novo Nordisk

: @jris_riis

Jakob Riis is the Executive Vice President, China, Pacific & Marketing in Novo Nordisk. Mr Riis joined Novo Nordisk in 1996 as a health economist. From 2001 through 2005 Mr Riis worked first in the US…

Mary Robinson

The Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice


Mary Robinson has been a member of The Elders since 2007. She was the first woman President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. She is known worldwide as a passionate, forceful advoc…

Omar J. Robles

Women’s Refugee Commission

: @roeblez

Omar J. Robles leads the Women’s Refugee Commission’s work on adolescents in emergencies. He also co-chairs the Girls in Emergencies Collaborative—an action-learning group representing several major h…

Maria Alejandra Rodriguez Acha


: @majandrraa

Maria Alejandra (Majandra) Rodriguez Acha is an anthropologist, educator and activist from Peru. As a climate justice activist, she was part of the Peruvian delegation at Global Power Shift in Turkey …

Lauri Romanzi

EngenderHealth’s Fistula Care Plus Project

Dr. Lauri Romanzi, is a U.S. board-certified gynecologist with subspecialty board credentials in Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS).


Rose, 19, is a young girls’ rights advocate from the Philippines where she campaigns on issues such as girls’ rights, education, teenage pregnancy and violence.

Julia Rosenbaum


Julia Rosenbaum is an internationally recognized health behavior change specialist with extensive experience providing technical direction, project oversight and leadership for a variety of health iss…

Hanifatur Rosyidah

Women Deliver

: @hanifa_rosyidah

Hanifatur is a Lecturer to midwifery and public health students, teaching them about sexual and reproductive health and rights, with a focus on maternal health and child survival. In addition to her r…

Martina Roth

Intel Corporation

Dr. Roth is responsible for Intel’s Global Education Strategy, Research and Policy at Intel® Corporate Affairs Group, Intel® engagement with strategic alliance partners like the Global Education Initi…

Cecilia Garcia Ruiz


: @Cecigarciaruiz

She is a young activist who has been working to promote and defend the rights of young people since 2006. As the current Gender Projects Coordinator of Espolea, a Mexican youth-led organization, Cecil…

Michaela Leslie-Rule


: @MichaelaLR

Michaela Leslie-Rule is an artist and social scientist. As the Producer of Global Fund for Women’s IGNITE: Women Fueling Science and Technology a global advocacy campaign and online storytelling proje…

Cathy Russell

: @AmbCathyRussell

Cathy Russell currently serves as the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues. Prior to assuming this position in August 2013, she served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Chief of S…

Wafaa El-Sadr


Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, founded and currently directs ICAP which works in sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia, and in the U.S. in partnership with governmental and non-governmental organizations building…

Annah Sango

: @AnnahSango

Born in Zimbabwe, Annah is a member of the PACT and an Advocacy Officer for African Regional Young Positives. She is also the Co-founder of Community Based humanitarian Chapter, a local CBO that offer…

Toyin Saraki

Wellbeing Africa

: @ToyinSaraki

As Founder-President of Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), Mrs Saraki is a Nigerian philanthropist with two decades of advocacy covering reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health; …

Abir Sarras

Love Matters Arabic

: @AbirSarras

Abir Sarras is a journalist and researcher working at RNW Media. She is the co-founder and coordinator of the Matters Arabic website "Al Hob Thaqafa" which provides young people in the Arab world scie…

Liane Schalatek

Heinrich Böll Foundation North America

: @liane_boell

Liane Schalatek is the Associate Director of the Heinrich Böll Foundation North America. In this capacity, she supports the Director in his representational duties and overall program management. Lian…

Jan-Willem Scheijgrond

Royal Phillips

Jan-Willem Scheijgrond heads up a global network that is responsible for the relations with governments and related stakeholders to address societal challenges in particular in the area of health care…

Helle Thorning-Schmidt

Save the Children

CEO of Save the Children International, Helle Thorning-Schmidt joined the organisation after a formidable political career. Formerly the Prime Minister of Denmark, Helle led a coalition government fro…

Catrin Schulte-Hillen

Reproductive Rights and Sexual Violence Care, Médecins Sans Frontières

Catrin Schulte-Hillen has worked for MSF as a midwife, project coordinator and project manager in conflict and post-conflict contexts in Africa, Latin America, and the Balkans. She is the leader of MS…

Helen Scott

Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health

Helen Scott is the Executive Director of the Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. The Canadian Network is a collaboration of over 80 organizations working in more than 1,000 commun…

Pam Scott

The Curious Company

A design thinker by profession and philanthropist by passion, Pam Scott supports creative people disrupting the social sector and business for good. Trained as a designer, Pam is a creative strategist…

Awa Marie Coll Seck

Republic of Senegal

Awa Marie Coll Seck has served as Minister of Health of the Republic of Senegal since 2012. She was Executive Director of the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RMB) from 2004-2011 and served as Director …

Gilda Sedgh

Guttmacher Institute

Dr. Gilda Sedgh has been a Principal Research Scientist at the Guttmacher Institute since 2004. Her areas of expertise include levels and trends in unmet need for contraception in developing countries…

Katherine Semrau

BetterBirth Program at Ariadne Labs

: @k_semrau

Dr. Katherine Semrau is a global health epidemiologist who has devoted her 15-year career to improving maternal and neonatal health in resource-limited settings.

Laura Turner Seydel

Captain Planet Foundation

: @LauraSeydel

Laura inherited her passion for taking care of the planet from her dad, Ted Turner, the original Captain Planet. As children, her father instilled environmental stewardship into Laura and her siblings…

Nandita Shah


A feminist activist and researcher, Dr Nandita Shah is the co-director of Akshara, a not for profit women’s rights organization based in Mumbai. She has over 30 years of experience in strengthening th…

Ruby Shakya

Beyond Beijing Committee

: @beyondbeijing

Ruby works with the National Network Feminist Organization Beyond Beijing Committee, which facilitates the implementation of Beijing Platform for Action. She is a youth advocate on the Steering Commit…

Anita Sharma

United Nations Foundation

: @anitamsharma

Anita Sharma is the Senior Director of Millennium Development Goals Initiatives at the United Nations Foundation. She currently oversees communications and advocacy around Every Women Every Child, an …

Aditi Sharma

International Organization for Migration (IOM)

: @aditiraisharma

Aditi is currently the Health Focal Point for the Emergency Medical Response Team at the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Chautara, Sindhupalchok, the epicenter of the 2015 Nepal eart…

Nakita Shavers

Nakita Shavers is a tireless advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights and promotes girls’ leadership and community development in her city of New Orleans.

Jill Sheffield

Women Deliver

: @JillSheffield

Jill Sheffield is the founder of Women Deliver, a global advocacy organization fighting for girls’ and women’s health, rights, and wellbeing. A lifelong advocate with a commitment to data, Jill was on…

Nozer Sheriar

Dr. Nozer Sheriar is an obstetrician and gynecologist with a longstanding commitment to the advocacy and promotion of women's rights and access to safe abortion. He is presently a member of the govern…

Michel Sidibé


: @MichelSidibe

Since his appointment as Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2009, Michel Sidibé’s vision of zero new HIV infections, zer…

Lilian Mbuya Sikoria

Lilian Mbuya Sikoria is a business woman from Kampala, Uganda. She has had difficulties in bearing a child, with the personal pain that entails.

Kenly Sikwese

AFROCAB and Board Member, UNITAID

Kenly Sikwese is Coordinator at the African community Advisory Board (AFROCAB) whose goal is to advocate for greater access to quality anti-HIV treatment (drugs, diagnostics and services) for all PLHI…

Peter Singer

Grand Challenges Canada

: @PeterASinger

Peter Singer is co-chair of the Every Woman Every Child Innovation Working Group and Chief Executive Officer of Grand Challenges Canada. He is also Professor of Medicine at University of Toronto, Dire…

Vibhor Singh

Vibhor Singh is a PhD trained architect from India who met difficulties in starting a family with his wife Natasha (Also a highly trained architect), particiularly upon their return to India from thei…

Kabir Singh

Asia Pacific Alliance for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

Kabir Singh is the Executive Director of Asia Pacific Alliance for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (APA), a regional network of national, regional and global civil society organizations that…

Jeffrey Smith


Dr. Jeffrey Smith is an obstetrician-gynecologist and public health practitioner with 20 years of clinical and public health experience in more than 30 developing countries across Asia, Africa, Latin …

Nancy Smyth

Global Affairs Canada

Nancy Smyth is currently Director General for Social Development at Global Affairs Canada. Her responsibilities include thematic responsibility for education, gender equality and child protection acro…

Rachel Snow


Rachel Snow, B.A, D.Sc. has more than 25 years experience conducting research on the burden of sexual and reproductive health,gender differentials in health, access to health services, and the gendere…

Beirne Roose-Snyder

Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE)

: @genderhealth

Beirne Roose-Snyder is Director of Public Policy at the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), where she develops and oversees strategies for introducing, supporting and responding to federal l…

Archana Somasegar

Girl Up

: @archuparchu

Archana has a long history of advocating for women’s rights around the world - from acting as President of the Seattle Chapter of Circle of Women where she spearheaded a project to build a computer la…

Bulbul Sood

Jhpiego India

: http://www.jhpiego.org/

Dr. Bulbul Sood is a public health professional with more than 40 years of experience and was the Professor of Preventive and Social Medicine at Delhi’s Medical College for 23 years.

Theo Sowa

African Women’s Development Fund

: @TheoSowa

Theo Sowa is an independent advisor and consultant, specialising in international social development with a particular emphasis on children’s rights and protection issues. She is currently the CEO of …

Joel Spicer

Micronutrient Initiative

Joel Spicer is the President and CEO of the Micronutrient Initiative. Joel’s background includes leadership roles on many development issues with a particular focus on nutrition and health initiatives…

Sylvia Ssinabulya

Honourable Sylvia N. Ssinabulya has been a Member of Parliament for Mityana district, Uganda since 2001. She holds professional qualifications in the areas of education, management and public health …

Marshall Stowell


: @MarshallPSI

As Vice President of External Relations and Communications at PSI, Marshall provides organizational leadership on corporate communications and advocacy, effectively balancing the needs of PSI’s more t…

Jacinta Muteshi-Strachan

Population Council

Jacinta Muteshi-Strachan is a renowned expert in gender equality, women’s rights, and reproductive health with experience as a researcher, program manager, and advisor. She provides leadership and ove…

Kalyani Subramanyam

Naz Foundation (India)

Kalyani Subramanyam is the Program Director at The Naz Foundation India Trust. With a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management; she has 20 years of experience…

Adeveline Suija

Health Care Center at Sungai Lasi

: @annesuija

Adeveline is a trained midwife who works at the Health Care Center at Sungai Lasi, West Sumatera, Indonesia. She trained at "Politeknik Kesehatan Kementrian Kesehatan RI Padang" graduating in 2012.

Lucy Martinez Sullivan

1,000 Days

: @lucymsullivan

Phyllis Costanza was appointed CEO of the UBS Optimus Foundation in June 2011. Prior to this, she was Director of Leverage at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), a UK-based non-profit ph…

Cynthia Summers

Guttmacher Institute

: @cinsum

Dr. Summers joined the Guttmacher Institute as Vice President for Communications & Publications in 2012. She was named Executive Vice President in 2015. In her role as head of the Communications & Pub…

Fatimata Sy

Ouagadougou Partnership

: @Fatimpoulo

Fatimata Sy is the director of the Coordination Unit for the Ouagadougou Partnership, a collaboration between nine Francophone West African governments; private, government, and multilateral donors; a…

Anna Rebeka Szczegielniak

Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights

: @Szczegi

Anna is a medical doctor and has worked in the areas of comprehensive sexuality, youth leadership, sexual and reproductive health and rights, HIV/AIDS, and access to services and treatment for young p…

Regina Tames

Information Group on Reproductive Choice

: @reginatames

Regina Tamés is the Executive Director of Information Group on Reproductive Choice.

Pooja Taparia


: @poojataparia

Pooja Taparia is Founder and Chief Executive of Arpan. She started work on the issue of Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) in 2006 and has grown the team from 2 to 60 professionals, the largest team in India. S…

Catharine Taylor

Health Programs Group, Management Sciences for Health

: @MSHHealthImpact

Catharine Howard Taylor is the vice president of the Health Programs Group at MSH. The Health Programs Group leads integrated health service delivery and focuses on the design and implementation of st…

Mesfin Teklu

World Vision International

: http://www.wvi.org/

Mesfin Teklu is the Director for Maternal Child Health and Infectious Diseases at World Vision International. He is a civil society representative on the GFF Investors Group.

Siri Tellier

University of Copenhagen

Siri Tellier, representative from Sex&Samfund, the Danish member association of International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). Siri trained as a public health demographer, with a MSc from Harvard…

Marleen Temmerman

Aga Khan University in Nairobi

: @MamaDaktari

Since December 2015, Professor Dr Marleen Temmerman joined the Aga Khan University East Africa as Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and as Director of Women’s Health and Researc…

Sivananthi Thanenthiran


: @SivananthiT

Siva is currently Executive Director of ARROW, Malaysia and comes from a diverse range of work experiences: English Literature, Critical and Cultural Theory, teaching, magazine editor, writer.

Fiona Theunissen

Access to Maternal Health, Concept Foundation, Switzerland

Fiona Theunissen is leading the advocacy and communications activities on a multi-country maternal health project which aims to reduce maternal deaths from postpartum haemorrhage. Working with the WH…

Annick Fabienne Thiobiano


: @annickthiombian

Annick studied Business Administration and aims to use her education to have a positive impact on her community and country. In 2011, she started working with AIESEC, an organization which develops th…

Vijayanathan Thusandra

ChildFund Sri Lanka

: @ThushiVijay

Vijayanathan Thusandra is a dynamic global youth advocate in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights, particularly for women and marginalized youth. As an international master trainer a…

Sheila Dinotshe Tlou


: @_dinotshe

Sheila Dinotshe Tlou is the Director of the UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa. She provides leadership in the regional response to HIV and ensures technical support to Unite…

Eloise Todd

ONE Campaign

: @eloisetodd

Eloise Todd is ONE’s Global Policy Director. Prior to that, Eloise set up ONE’s Brussels office and led the organisation’s work with the European Union institutions.

Sarah Toumi

Acacias for All, Tunisia

: @SarahToumi

Sarah was born in France to a Tunisian father and a French mother. Influenced by her father who worked for years in the nonprofit sector, Sarah got involved in social causes at a young age to build yo…

Fatimata Touré

Association des Femmes Juristes du Burkina Faso

Fatimata Touré is a lawyer and magistrate, a life-long activist in the defense and promotion of Human Rights and Women's Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.

John Townsend

Population Council

John Townsend, PhD, is a vice president and director of the Population Council's Reproductive Health program. He provides leadership, directs research initiatives, and advances policy innovations that…

Thach Tran

Monash University

Dr Thach Duc Tran is a Research Fellow at the Jean Hailes Research Unit, Monash University. He was awarded a PhD in International Health at the University of Melbourne, 2014.

Vivien Davis Tsu


Vivien Tsu is Associate Director of PATH’s Reproductive Health Program and director of its Cervical Cancer Prevention project, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She is also an Affiliat…

Filomena Tuivanualevu

Pacific Partnerships to Strengthen Gender, Climate Change Responses and Sustainable Development

Filomena Tuivanualevu recently finished her postgraduate studies and is part of the Fiji Women's Rights Movement. Her areas of work include: Law Reform, Women's Rights, Young Women's Leadership. She i…

Sabera Turkmani

University of Technology, Sydney, Australia

: http://wd2016.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Interview_with_Young_Health_Leader_Sabera_Turkmani_5_3_121-300x169.jpg

Sabera Turkmani is an Afghan Midwife and former President of Afghan Midwives Association. She has demonstrated extraordinary leadership in her devotion to the Afghan Midwives Association and other int…

Melissa Upreti

Melissa Upreti is a South Asian human rights lawyer and founding attorney of the Center's Asia program. Since 2000, she has led the development and implementation of the Center's legal strategies in A…

Devika Varghese

Abt Associates

Devika Varghese has over 15 years of experience in profit and nonprofit, focusing on social and behavior change communications, marketing and advocacy in the verticals of elementary education, skill a…

Allison Verney

Micronutrient Initiative

: @micronutrient

Allison Verney joined the Micronutrient Initiative (MI) in 2014 and is currently the Program Officer for Maternal and Newborn Health and Nutrition. In her role, she oversees MI’s Community-Based Mater…

Hans Vestberg


: @HansV_Ericsson

Hans Vestberg is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ericsson Group, the world’s leading provider of telecommunications technology and services.

Monique Vledder

GFF, World Bank

: @monique_vledder

Dr. Monique Vledder is passionate about innovations and smarter investments to improve women's, children’s and adolescents’ health. She is the Program Manager for the Global Financing Facility (GFF) i…

Darren Walker

Ford Foundation

: @darrenwalker

Darren Walker is President of the Ford Foundation, the nation’s second largest philanthropy. For two decades he has been a leader in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, working on an array of soc…

Joyce Wanderi

PS Kenya

Joyce Wanderi is Chief Operating Officer of PS Kenya. She has over 13 years’ experience in social/private sector marketing including 10 years in public health managing large scale national health pro…

Jane Waterman

International Rescue Committee (IRC)

: @JaneWatermanIRC

Jane Waterman joined the International Rescue Committee as Senior Vice President, Europe in September 2014. From 2010, Jane was previously the Vice President and Executive Director for Europe for the …

Christina Wegs



Christina Wegs provides strategic leadership for CARE’s global policy and advocacy for sexual, reproductive, and maternal health and rights. Ms. Wegs brings over 15 years’ experience in international …

Melanie Wendland


: @MelanieWendland

Melanie Wendland is the Director of Service Design and Innovation at M4ID. Melanie leads our service design portfolio, especially the project Better Outcomes in Labour Difficulty (BOLD) on improving h…

Dakshitha Wickremarathne

Women Deliver Young Leader, Sri Lanka

: @dakki_16

Dakshitha Wickremarathne is a young researcher, activist and a development practitioner focusing on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), Gender Equality, Youth Rights and Reconciliation. He i…

Marijke Wijnroks

Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Marijke Wijnroks joined the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as its Chief of Staff on 15 July 2013. In her position she has a broad responsibility and a particular focus on gender a…

Beverly Winikoff

Gynuity Health Projects

Dr. Beverly Winikoff previously worked at the Population Council where she was Director for Reproductive Health and a Senior Medical Associate. She developed and managed the Council's Ebert Program on…

Hanna Woodburn

Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing

: @WASH_Hanna

Hanna Woodburn is the Secretariat Director for the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing (PPPHW), a coalition of international stakeholders who work explicitly to promote handwashing with …

Tana Wuliji

World Health Organisation

: @TanaWuliji

Tana Wuliji, PhD BPharm is a Technical Officer for health workforce at the World Health Organization (WHO). She is a health workforce specialist, researcher and policy advisor and has led the developm…

Sakena Yacoobi

Afghan Institute of Learning

: @AIL_education

Dr. Sakena Yacoobi is the Founder and CEO of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL). Under Dr. Yacoobi’s leadership, AIL has developed into a groundbreaking, grassroots organization, providing educati…

Prashant Yadav

William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan

Prashant Yadav is a globally recognized researcher, educator and policy advisor in the area of healthcare supply chains. He serves on the advisory boards of many private companies and global agencies …

Joannes Paulus Yimbesalu

HOPE for Children Cameroon

Joannes Paulus Yimbesalu is a Research Scientist by profession, and growing up he saw his mother make many sacrifices to provide him and his siblings with a quality education. In 2010, he co-founded H…

Muhammad Yunus

: @Yunus_Centre

Professor Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Movement and winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, is responsible for many innovative programs benefiting the rural poor. He taught briefly in the U.S.…

Yasmina Zaidman


: @yasminajz

Yasmina Zaidman is the Director of Strategic Partnerships at Acumen, where she is responsible for Acumen’s external communications and leads its efforts to engage with strategic corporate partners who…

Kencho Zam

: @KenChoZee

Kencho is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science majoring in Public Health at the Asian University for Women (AUW) in Chittagong, Bangladesh. At AUW, she works as a biology and chemistry lab assista…

Felicitas Zawaira


Dr. Felicitas Zawaira is the Director of the Family and Reproductive Health (FRH) Cluster at WHO, a position she was appointed to in July 2015. She leads a team of technical staff working at the Regio…

Her Royal Highness Princess Sarah Zeid of Jordan

Every Newborn Action Plan

: @PrincessSarahZR

H.R.H. Princess Sarah Zeid is an advocate for maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health, rights and wellbeing in humanitarian and fragile settings.

Linnea Zimmerman

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Dr. Linnea Zimmerman is an Assistant Scientist in the Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has provided technical assistan…