Board Members

Dr. Peter Cairo, Chairman of the Board

Dr. Cairo is a noted author, speaker, and consultant who specializes in the areas of leadership development, executive coaching, and executive team effectiveness. Dr. Cairo spent 20 years as a full-time faculty member at Columbia University, and was a co-founder of CDR International and the Oliver Wyman Executive Learning Center.

Dr. Cairo co-authored several books, including The Unfinished Leader: Balancing Contradictory Answers to Unsolvable Problems (Jossey-Bass, 2014), Leading in Times of Crisis: Navigating Through Complexity, Diversity and Uncertainty to Save Your Business (Jossey-Bass, 2008) and Head, Heart & Guts: How the World’s Best Companies Develop Complete Leaders (Jossey-Bass, 2006). Dr. Cairo has recently done pro bono work in Rwanda that involved developing training support for rural health care workers, worked with the staff of the Center for Discovery that designs and develops rehabilitation programs for the severely disabled, and consulted to Community Solutions that works on solutions to the problem of homelessness. Dr. Cairo earned a BA at Harvard University and a PhD at Columbia University. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and a licensed psychologist in the state of New York.

 

Linda Alexander, Board Member 

Dr. Alexander has worked extensively in public health and women’s health. Most recently, she served as the Vice President of Women’s Health and Global Advocacy at QIAGEN. In this role, she oversaw corporate women’s health program efforts in the public sector and advocacy support initiatives in global cervical cancer prevention. Her previous professional positions included serving as Vice President, Women’s Health at Digene Corporation and President and CEO of the American Social Health Association (ASHA). At ASHA she provided national leadership and worked in close partnership with industry and federal leaders to promote national awareness for all sexually transmitted diseases. Dr. Alexander is also a retired lieutenant colonel with the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. She is nationally known for her leadership in women’s health advocacy and has published extensively on women’s health issues. Dr. Alexander holds a BA in nursing and a PhD in health education. Her many honors include appointments to national advisory panels on infectious diseases and women’s health; she is also a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.
 

Dr. Imane Khachani, Board Member

Dr. Khachani is a Medical Doctor who graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of Rabat (Morocco); and holds a TropED Masters degree in International Health, from the Royal Tropical Institute (Amsterdam), Queen Margaret University (Edinburgh) and Karolinska Institute (Stockholm). She carried her MD thesis on the impact of educational and psychosocial interventions on treatment adherence and quality of life among HIV positive patients in resource-limited settings and conducted her Masters research project on the situation of young people’s sexual and reproductive health in Morocco, analysing the country’s progress on the ICPD Programme of Action. She is currently an MD Resident in Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Medicine at the Maternity Hospital Les Orangers, National Reference Center in Reproductive Health, in Rabat.

Dr. Khachani was a Special Youth Fellow at the United Nations’ Fund for Population (UNFPA) in New York, where she  participated to the design and implementation of sexual and reproductive health programs for adolescents and young people in the Arab region and in the development of a reference guide on addressing adolescents sexual and reproductive health needs in humanitarian settings. Dr. Khachani recently sat on the Guttmacher Institute Board of Directors.

Dame Billie Miller, Board Member

Dame Billie Miller was Senior Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Barbados until early 2008. An attorney by profession, Dame Miller was elected Member of Parliament in 1976 and was the first woman to be named minister in Barbados. She has held a number of ministerial portfolios, including those of health and national insurance; education and culture; foreign affairs and international business; and tourism and international transport.

Dame Miller has been promoting population and gender issues in many capacities, having served as Chair of the NGO Planning Committee for the International Conference on Population and Development (Cairo, 1994) and as President of the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region. She was also President of the Board of Directors of the Inter-American Parliamentary Group on Population and Development, and Chair of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. As such, during its 50th anniversary celebrations in 2004, the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region honoured Dame Miller for her lifelong contributions to sexual and reproductive health. In 2008, Dame Miller received the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) award for outstanding work in population and in improving the health and welfare of individuals.

Dr. Jotham Musinguzi, Board Member

Dr. Musinguzi is the Director General of Uganda's National Population Council(NPC). Dr. Musinguzi played a major role in drafting the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo in 1994, and was actively involved in negotiations on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). He also was instrumental in preparing the Maputo Plan of Action, which was adopted by the African Union in 2006 to help achieve the MDGs in Africa, and has, more recently, contributed to the success of the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning.  He is the recipient of the 2013 UN Population Award in recognition of his outstanding work to promote the ICPD principle that reproductive health must be a key component of any general strategy of social and economic development.  He chaired the Board of Directors of Population Services International (PSI) Uganda, and was formerly a Trustee of the Population Council of New York, as well as the Commonwealth Medical Trust of London (COMMAT).

Saundra Pelletier, Board Member

Ms. Pelletier is CEO of Evofem Inc., a privately held biotechnology company that develops innovative prescription and consumer products in the areas of contraception, feminine care, and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. Ms. Pelletier is also the CEO of WomanCare Global, a global non-profit focused on creating sustainable and affordable access to women’s reproductive products. As the CEO of women’s health companies, Ms. Pelletier has worked diligently to deliver sustainable solutions that can address global unmet needs in women’s healthcare.

Ms. Pelletier has over 20 years of experience as an international marketing expert in addition to being a published author, keynote speaker and executive coach. She served as Vice President of Pharmaceuticals for Women First HealthCare, where she was accountable for Sales, Marketing, Operations, Medical Affairs, Regulatory Affairs, Manufacturing, Customer Service, Business Development and Strategic Partnerships. Prior to Women First HealthCare, Ms. Pelletier served as International Franchise Leader for Searle Pharmaceutical, where she assessed country infrastructure, developed commercialization plans and hired full scale teams to support company initiatives. She also managed worldwide partnerships, including contract sales forces in the United States, Canada and Japan.

Jill Sheffield, Board Member and President

Ms. Sheffield is the founder of Women Deliver (2009) and Family Care International (1987). Ms. Sheffield completed advanced degrees at Columbia University, Teachers College, where she was later recognized as a distinguished alumna for her international work in women's health and education. She received the American Public Health Association's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008, the PSI Impact Award in 2013 and Women’s E-News 21 Leaders for the 21st Century in 2014. She was Director of International Programmes at the Carnegie Corporation and founded Family Care International in 1987 to address the high rate of maternal mortality globally. In 2009, Ms. Sheffield founded Women Deliver to advocate for health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women. Ms. Sheffield is a sought after public speaker and is known worldwide for her ability to inspire people and her vast network of individuals working in the girls’ and women’s sector. Though she has played a central role in several key world conferences and founded two distinguished advocacy non-governmental organizations, Jill Sheffield believes her true education came when she worked in the family planning/reproductive health outpatient clinic of Pumwani Maternity Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya.

Yemurai Nyoni, Board Member and Young Leader

Yemurai is a UNFPA Youth Family Planning Ambassador and Women Deliver Young Leader. He chairs the National Young People’s Network on SRH, HIV and AIDS. Yemurai is a member of the National Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Coordination Forum convened by the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare and is in Zimbabwe’s Core Committee of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood.

Board Member Emeritus

Dr. Fred Sai, Board Member Emeritus

Dr. Fred Sai, a Ghanaian family health physician, trained in the Universities of London, Edinburgh and Harvard, is an internationally recognized gender and reproductive health advocate. He served as the chairman for the Main Committee of the International Conference on Population and Development, ICPD, in Cairo in 1994, which produced the Programme of Action, emphasizing the centrality of women to all development programmes and called for world attention to the improvement in the status of women and for equity and equality between the sexes as the basis of all human relationships. Dr. Sai recently authored a memoir, With heart and voice: Fred Sai remembers. Beginning with his childhood in the colonial Gold Coast, these memoirs cover his medical training in post-war London, his public health work in Ghana after Independence, and his further education in Edinburgh and Harvard. This book is US$20.00 or £20.00 and can be ordered directly from the publishers by contacting bart@ourplanet.com.

 
 
 

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