Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center
(ICFP conference venue), Building 2, Tanjung Benoa Hall



The ICFP2016 Youth pre-conference will bring together youth delegates and young researchers from all over the word. This interactive event will tackle opportunities and challenges specific to youth and family planning, including the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people in all of their diversity. The event features both presentations and workshops that will equip attendees with information and skills for navigating ICFP and for moving the global youth family planning agenda forward post-conference. Specifically, the pre-conference is designed to:


Participation: All youth and young researchers attending the 2016 ICFP are welcome to attend the pre-conference free of charge. The event is mandatory for youth selected through the ICFP Youth Video Contest. Participants must be able to attend the full two days.


Collaborating organizations: Advance Family Planning, Advocates for Youth; Alliance for Reproductive, Maternal, and Newborn Health; Emerging Leaders Foundation; EngenderHealth; International HIV/AIDS Alliance; Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health; DSW; Engender Health; FP2020; GOAL Cameron; Global Health Strategies; Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS; IntraHealth International; HACEY Health Initiative; IPPF; IFMSA; IYAFP; Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; K4Health; MSH; Palladium; PAI; PATH; Pathfinder International; Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana; PMC; PRB; UNF; UNFPA; Women Deliver; WHO

Sponsors: Alliance for Reproductive, Maternal and Newborn Health; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; EngenderHealth; Guttmacher Institute; International HIV/AIDS Alliance; PAI; PATH; Pathfinder International; Population Media Center; Population Reference Bureau; United Nations Foundation; UNFPA; Women Deliver; personal donation from Ms. Judith Helzner and a matching gift from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.





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Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (ICFP conference venue), Building 2, Tanjung Benoa Hall

Note: All participants must pick up their ICFP 2016 badges at the Westin hotel prior to the pre-conference.



Robert Wm. Blum (Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, JHSPH)

Jillian Gedeon (International Youth Alliance for Family Planning, IYAFP) and Priya Limbu, (EngenderHealth), Romaric Ouitona (IYAFP)



In this opening session, participants will be given an introduction to ‘Family Planning’ and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and an opportunity to reflect on what these terms mean to them, and to others working in different locations and contexts. Featuring a panel discussion with young leaders, the plenary will highlight what family planning means to young people in different contexts all while challenging the term.

Speakers: Jean Christophe Rusatira (IYAFP), Anggraini Sari Astuti, (UNFPA Indonesia), Priya Limbu (Engender health) and Sharafdzhon Boborakhimov (Y-Peer)

Moderators: Benoit Kalasa (UNFPA) and Jillian Gedeon (IYAFP)





This interactive full-group session picks up from the initial introduction and panel discussion on youth FP and SRHR. The session will provide a space for participants to share with one another their experiences and perspectives on access to FP and SRHR in their communities and countries. Topics to be discussed will be generated by young people and will address challenges, needs, barriers, and opportunities.

Organized by Representatives from IYAFP, EngenderHealth, IPPF, the ICFP 2016 Indonesian youth sub-committee, Advocates for Youth, UNFPA



This session will build on the morning introductory plenary sessions to look back at a timeline of progress for youth SRHR over last 20 years, and how we’ve come to a key moment of opportunity to drive forward progress on in the next 20 years. Inputs will include policy advances from the ICPD and associated review processes and the Post-2015 process, other government commitments to youth SRHR, advances in learning and evidence on what works to reach young people with information, education and services, and key moments for youth participation and engagement.

Speakers: Laura Laski (UNFPA), V. Chandra Mouli (WHO), Sangeet Kayastha (Y-PEER), and Jamila Gacheri (Emerging youth leader, Kenya)





This panel will provide an overview of ICFP 2016, and introduce strategies for youth to navigate the conference program, network and contribute to discussions. Prior youth delegates and members of the ICFP Youth sub-committee will share advice and ideas for making the most of this large-scale event.

Moderator: Jillian Gedeon, IYAFP

Panel members: Kate Baye and Anna Kågesten (ICFP International Youth Sub-committee), Burcu Bozkurt and Romaric Ouitona (IYAFP) , Andi Muhammad Yusuf Ridwan (Indonesian Youth sub-committee)



Matt Matassa (Global Health Strategies)





All workshops will occur simultaneously at parallel roundtables in the conference hall. Participants should select one (1) workshop per day during registration to the pre-conference.

Option 1

1.1: Global Commitments, Local action

This workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to learn about and discuss current global initiatives and how to ensure youth voices are heard in Global Processes in a post 2016 world. Participants are encouraged to share theirs experiences and ideas for engaging locally on global commitments, and to identify potential advocacy targets.

Facilitators: Allie Doody (Population Action International, PAI), Kiki Kalkstein (Pathfinder International), Sara Pellegrom (Women Deliver), Cecilia Zvosec, (Women Deliver)

Option 2

1.2: Games, Trivia, and Fun: new ways to teach SRHR to youth
while busting harmful myths

To complement the information being learned at this conference, this session aims to provide youth with hard skills to bring back to their community. By the end of the session, youth will be equipped with the skills necessary to go out into their communities and educate peers on SRHR using technology and games molded to fit age groups and subject matter appropriately. Through this session, participants will also have the chance to clear any myths or misconceptions around family planning and SRHR.

Facilitators: Jillian Gedeon (IYAFP), Jennifer DeAtley (EngenderHealth), Michalina Drejza (International Federation of Medical Students ‘Associations), Romaric Ouitona, (IYAFP)

Option 3

1.3: Four Practices of Good Leadership: Examples from the Field*

What it means to be a leader? What does leadership look like in your community or country? What traits do strong leaders have? This session will feature an overview of different leadership practices, followed by a moderated discussion between youth panelists and audience. Participants are encouraged to think about how we can increase the number and have more young people in leadership roles, and what opportunities exist for young people to be involved in leadership platforms, especially in SRHR.

Facilitators: George Ouma (DSW), Isaiah Owolabi (IYAFP), Amanda Joan Banura IYAPF) and Mohamed Essam Refaat (Women Deliver)

*Note: This session is tied to workshop 2.3, “Leadership in Action: Inspiring Others and Overcoming Barriers”, on Nov 9th. Participants are encouraged to register for both workshops.

Option 4

1.4: Youth faith interface

The objective of this workshop is to help participants better understand the role of faith institutions in enhancing access of SRHR services for the youth. Participants are encouraged to share best practices and effective approaches used by faith institutions, as well as identify emerging issues and propose solutions to core challenges.

Facilitator: Kennedy Chande (DSW)

Option 5

1.5: Public speaking: How to give a good presentation*

The objective of this session is to provide participants will skills for public speaking, with special focus on preparing those with speaking roles at ICFP. The session will focus on the key steps to be taken and to give an effective presentation including: knowing your audience, managing time, use of slides, verbal and nonverbal communication. Participants will have the opportunity to practice giving an “elevator speech” (a one minute speech on an issue of importance to you).

Facilitator: Robert Blum (JHSPH)

*Note: This session is mandatory for ICFP Youth Speakers

Option 6

1.6: Family Planning Costed Implementation Plans (CIP) and Youth

This workshop will introduce participants to what a CIP is, how they are created, and who is involved with the process. After participating in the session, youth will be able to confidently read a CIP and understand where to find issues relevant to their campaigns. Participants will also come away with the knowledge on how to leverage a CIP for their advocacy strategies in both development & implementation stages. Parts of this session will be led by young people who have been engaged with CIP processes in their home countries.

Facilitators: Katelyn Bryant-Comstock (PAI), Martyn Smith (FP2020, Joni Waldron (Palladium), Cheick Toure (IntraHealth) and Moctar Diallo (Intrahealth)

Option 7

1.7: Story of Us, Story of Now, Story of Change*

Personal narrative is the foundation of social change: it’s what articulates the values of an individual or organization, and what inspires individuals to support a cause. Personal narrative can power ideas and action across the engagement spectrum, from volunteers sharing their experiences in the field to young advocates advancing reproductive rights in their communities. The goal of this workshop is to empower young leaders to tell their own stories and to use the power of their own voice to create meaningful change in their countries.

Facilitators: Suzanne Ehlers (Population Action International)

*Note: this session will be continued by IYAFP on Jan 25, 6-8 pm.

Option 8

1.8: How can we break down the walls?
Identifying and addressing barriers to pro-youth services

This session will engage participants in visualizing a world in which pro-youth contraceptive services and information are widely available, identifying some of the key barriers that prevent young people from having access to pro-youth services, and in outlining potential ways in which they can engage in helping break down those barriers. The final product of the session will be the outline of a pro-youth advocacy plan that participants can use in their own work.

Facilitator: Laura Hoemeke (IntraHealth International)

Option 9

1.9: Youth and the demographic dividend

The objective of this workshop is to clarify the term demographic dividend (DD) for youth participants. With the DD playing such a pivotal role at ICFP, this workshop is intended to prepare participants to speak confidently on the topic, and also to show participants how adolescents and youth (ages 10-24) are key drivers for the achievement of the DD. Participants will be able to take their lived experiences and connect them to the DD, bringing the concept to life.

Facilitators: Sylvia Wong (UNFPA), Stephanie Kimou (PRB) and Kosi Izundu (Emerging youth leader)

*Note: This session is tied to workshop 2.5, “Using data to develop policy messages” on Nov 9th. Participants are encouraged to register for both workshops.

Option 10


1.10 Raising our voices: recognizing the diversity of young people and a rights-based approach

The objective of this session is to address the importance of an inclusive, rights-based approach to sexual and reproductive health and rights—starting with an examination of the term “family planning” and what it means to young people living with HIV, young LGBT people, and young sex workers. The session aims to strengthen participants’ knowledge on issues of SRHR for young people from key populations and of all ages, as well as provide a forum for young people from key populations to share their experiences and priorities, and set goals for how to advocate on their own behalf throughout the conference.

Facilitators: Julie Mellin (Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS), Rokonol Rabbi and Farhana Moly (Link up Bangladesh)




Wrap up and reflection

Jillian Gedeon (IYAFP) and Priya Limbu (EngenderHealth)



17:30 - 18:00

Optional Q&A session about conference logistics

Kate Baye and Anna Kågesten (ICFP 2016 Youth sub-committee)

17:30 – 18:30

Women and Young People: Advocacy Centered on Stories

Please join Marie Stopes International for an interactive film screening and discussion about the role that storytelling plays in advocacy efforts and maintaining a client-centered approach. This past year, Marie Stopes International US gathered first-person stories from Cambodia and Tanzania, making a collection of 12 films that depict the reality for women and providers on the role contraception plays in their lives.

Facilitator: Francis Oko Armah (Women Deliver Young Leaders Program), Maureen Oduor (Marie Stopes International) and Leonard Gobah (Marie Stopes Ghana)

Hosted by Marie Stopes International US

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Jillian Gedeon (IYAFP) and Priya Limbu (EngenderHealth)



What makes a good story? How can stories be used to engage new audiences and persuade people to take action? In this interactive session, participants will learn how to leverage public platforms — such as TEDx events, newspapers and other media outlets — to tell their stories and advocate for the causes most important to them. Participants will gain a better understanding of public relations tactics and global storytelling opportunities while putting their new skills to the test using real-life case studies.

Speaker: Melody Sarafino (No.29 communications)



The objective of this plenary is to provide an overview of typical policies currently in place which act as obstacles for young people’s access to quality FP information and services. The session will feature two brief presentations, followed by an group exercise where participants discuss potential areas for intervention in their own regions in order to set “SMART” objectives.

Moderator: Ana Aguilera (Emerging Youth Leader, Mexico/US)

Speakers: Halima Shariff (CCP and AFP/Tanzania) and V. Chandra-Mouli (WHO)

Note: Participants will have the opportunity to refine their objective and advocacy strategy if they opt to attend the Building Advocacy Messages session at 12:30pm that afternoon


PLENARY: Way forward: action points post-conference

This plenary-style workshop is an opportunity for participants to connect to one another and to come up with a plan to stay engaged with each other during and after ICFP. Participants will be introduced to the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning, IYAFP, which was born during ICFP 2013. The session will also highlight social media strategies and individual goal setting.

Moderator: Burcu Bozkurt (IYAFP) and Lauren Wolkoff (FP2020)



This lunch is an opportunity for youth participants to network with senior global leaders as well as fellow pre-conference peers over an informal roundtable luncheon.

Organized in collaboration between Women Deliver, Population Action International, Population Reference Bureau, Management Sciences for Health





All workshops will occur simultaneously at parallel roundtables in the conference hall. Participants should select one (1) workshop per day during registration to the pre-conference.

Option 1

2.1: Building Advocacy Messages

This workshop will provide participants with skills and resources to create their own advocacy messages. Participants will build on the content from the advocacy plenary that morning and, using the Advance Family Planning SMART advocacy tool, develop their own advocacy messages that can be used during and/or after the International Conference on Family Planning.

Facilitators: Alison Bodenheimer (AFP) and Allison Doody (PAI)

Option 2

2.2: Social Media: The Power of Networking for Promotion

Capitalizing on youth’s natural affinity for using social media, the objective of this workshop is to demonstrate the power of this tool for advocating for health and social development issues. In particular, the workshop will demonstrate how demographic and socio-economic indicators can be used to design a social media promotion campaign for a health/social development program.

Participants will use existing, readily available information to design an advocacy campaign using social media (+ new media and other media) to share issues highlighted during ICFP. By the end of the session, participants will have hands-on experience in designing a promotion or advocacy campaign using social media and how best to use each media channel to reach a desired specific audience.

Facilitators: Jennie Greaney (UNFPA) and Stephanie Tholand (Population Media Center)

Option 3

2.3: Leadership in Action: Inspiring Others and Overcoming Barriers*

Who are YOU as a leader? What are the barriers/challenges to leadership? How can they be overcome? Following on the content discussed in workshop 1.3, this interactive session will focus on individual strategies for navigating power structures and how to shape spaces to participate and lead. The session will feature four interactive mini-presentations, followed by an interactive discussion. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their own leadership strategies, and how to apply and adapt these leadership skills to local contexts.

Moderator: Eva Ros (MSH)
Speakers: Caren Wakoli (Emerging Leaders Foundation), Jillian Gedeon (IYAFP), Desmond Nji Atanga (GOAL Cameroon)

*Note: This session is tied to workshop 1.3, “Four Practices of Good Leadership: Examples from the Field”, on Nov 8th. Participants are encouraged to register for both workshops.

Option 4

2.4: Youth-led Research and the Research Agenda on
Adolescent Access to Contraception

This session will help participants to identify and develop strategies to build on what is known and what we need to know about youth access to and use of contraception through an investigation of the current state of the evidence. Participants will be introduced to the IPPF and Rutgers WPF Explore Toolkit for involving young people as researchers in SRHR programs, including discussions on how to create the necessary conditions for meaningful youth participation in research and three manuals for young people to conduct qualitative research. Current and former youth researchers will speak to their experiences while program implementers and advocates will help participants develop the case for investment in youth-led research to improve family planning programs.

Facilitator: Laura Hurley (IPPF), Judith F. Helzner (Alliance for Reproductive, Maternal and Newborn Health), Arushi Singh (The Pleasure Project), Faiqoh (ARI) and Miranda van Reeuwijk (Rutgers WPF)

Option 5

2.5: Using data to develop policy messages*

The goal of this workshop is to provide youth participants the skills and resources to find up-to-date and pertinent data in order to support their policy messages or asks. During the workshop, PRB, UNFPA and PAI will share with participants the best online resources for demographic and socio-economic data. Next, the group will work together to shape a policy message, which combines the lived experiences of youth with accurate data. Opportunities for young people to organize themselves and influence country-level advocacy and policy discussions will also be discussed.

Facilitators: Jonathan Rucks and Katelyn Bryant-Comstock (PAI), Stephanie Kimou (Population Reference Bureau, PRB), Sylvia Wong (UNFPA), Kosi Izundu (Emerging youth leader) and Sharaf Boborakhimov (Y-PEER)

*Note: This session is tied to workshop 1.9, “Youth and the demographic dividend” on Jan 24th. Participants are encouraged to register for both workshops.

Option 6

2.6: Trending Now: #dataviz to share results

Good data visualization is key in sharing results effectively. It engages viewers (the audience), improves the audience’s understanding and likelihood of recalling the information presented, respects the time and energy of the audience by relaying data directly, and promotes the work as quality and credible. After the session, participants will understand the principles of effectively visualizing data, and why it is important to do so. Participants will know how to select an appropriate visualization for a data set, and will have practiced how to design a visual that communicates key messages and results to their intended audience. Participants will also be familiar with a variety of computer-based programs that can be used for visualizing data in different ways, as well as experts in the field to follow on social media for further learning.

Facilitator: Meghan Guida (MSH)

Option 7

2.7: The Art of Moderating

This will be a highly interactive session that will allow participants to develop and practice core skills for moderating and leading discussions, including session preparation, appropriate tools, opening the session, managing time effectively, using effective communication techniques, managing questions/answers and group dynamics, dealing with conflict, and closing sessions in a memorable way. This is a workshop in which participants will learn from each other and have an opportunity to practice core facilitation skills.

Facilitator: Laura Hoemeke (IntraHealth International)

*Note: This session is mandatory for ICFP Youth moderators

Option 8

2.8: Project Development and Leadership

Young people have increasingly played pivotal roles in the development of many communities; they also display high level of creativity, energy and innovation in solving pressing developmental needs even in resource-limited settings. Building the capacities of young people in project development, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), community mobilization and leadership is important in preparing them to effectively lead the change irrespective of location, sex, religion or age. This workshop will feature three interactive sessions which will cover program planning, leadership and M&E. It is expected that at the end of the workshop, participants will understand the concept of program planning and M&E and also be able to innovatively design a program.

Facilitators: Isaiah Owolabi and Paul Ojajuni (HACEY Health Initiative), Shaikat SM and Ramaya Jawahar (IYAFP)

Option 9

2.9: User-Centered Design: Innovating to address youth needs
for family planning services and information

User-centered design (UCD) is a design process that empowers participants to observe behaviors and draw conclusions about what people want and need. UCD is increasingly being applied in the global health and development context to generate more impactful and innovative solutions to complex challenges. Examples of such innovations include the mSakhi, an interactive mobile-phone-based job aid developed by IntraHealth for community health workers in India or the Embrace, a low-cost infant incubator developed by social entrepreneurs for use in rural areas, after carefully observing the most pressing health needs in Nepal. This session will introduce participants to the basic concepts UCD. Participants will go through a hands-on design exercise to learn the basic principles of the process. They will also have an opportunity to consider applications for in their own work as youth advocates for reproductive health.

Facilitator: Amanda BenDor and Margarite Nathe (IntraHealth International)


Wrap up and questions

Jillian Gedeon (IYAFP) and Priya Limbu (EngenderHealth)




Departure for the ICFP 2016 opening session

15:00 – 15:30

Orientation for those participating in the shadowing-mentoring program

This session is specifically for those that have signed up to participate in the ICFP mentor/mentee program. Stop by to pick up the shadow-mentor folder packet, get a quick overview of any scheduled activities during the conference, what to expect and to potentially meet your mentor.

Kate Cho (MSH)

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ICFP 2016 Youth Secretariat


Dr. Robert Wm. Blum

William H. Gates, Sr. Professor and Chair of the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, JHSPH and Director of the Hopkins Urban Health Institute.

Dr. Blum is the Co-chair of the ICFP 2016 Youth Sub-committee and internationally recognized for his expertise and advocacy related to adolescent health and well-being. He is a Past-President of the Society for Adolescent Medicine; past board chair of the Guttmacher Institute, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a consultant to UNFPA, UNICEF and WHO. He received the Society for Adolescent Medicine’s Outstanding Achievement Award and the American Public Health Association’s Herbert Needleman Award “for scientific achievement and courageous advocacy” on behalf of children and youth. In 2014 he received the American Public Health Association’s Martha May Eliot Award honoring “extraordinary service to mothers and children [and adolescents]”.


Dr. Kate Baye

Youth Coordinator and Co-chair of the ICFP 2016 Youth Sub-committee

Dr. Kate Baye is a family planning advocate and a physician pursuing an MSPH degree at the department of Population Family and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. She obtained her medical degree with first class honors at the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (FMBS) in Cameroon. She is a public relations chair of the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning, co-chair of the youth sub-committee for ICFP2016 and interning at the Gates’ Institute. She has a strong passion for adolescent medicine, sexual and reproductive health and policy strategies. 


Ms. Anna Kågesten

Co-chair of the ICFP 2016 Youth Sub-committee

Ms. Kågesten received her MPH from JHSPH in 2012 and is now a PhD candidate with the department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health. She is a passionate youth SRHR advocate with broad experience in the development of programs and curriculums both globally and in her home country of Sweden. Her dissertation research explores early sexual trajectories and gender norms among young adolescents aged 10-14 years in Nairobi informal settlements. Ms. Kågesten is a consultant to the WHO on several projects and led the youth component during ICFP 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

ICFP 2016 Youth pre-conference Facilitators/Speakers


Ms. Ana Aguilera

Ipas, Women Deliver Young Leader

Ana is a young public health professional and dual citizen of Mexico and the United States. She is passionate about the intersection between sexual and reproductive health, human rights, and international development. Through her work with Amigos de las Americas, she has helped build the capacity of local young leaders in rural communities, implemented over twenty community development projects, and supervised more than 70 volunteers in Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, and Guatemala. Additionally, she has worked with women’s sexual and reproductive health non-profit organizations including Grounds for Health and Ipas. Ana works on integrating youth voices, content and perspectives into providing safe abortion care access for all women around the world.


Ms. Anggraini Sari Astuti

National UN Youth Volunteer for ASRH, UNFPA Indonesia

Ms. Anggraini Sari Astuti (Ange) graduated from Faculty of Public Health Majoring in Epidemiology from University of Indonesia. She has a passionate interest for youth SRH, maternal and child health. She has experience in research and community empowerment about how young married couple perceived family planning, and has been actively involved with UNFPA work related to youth decision-making processes. She was awarded as the most outstanding public health student in scientific category in 2012 and participated as a speaker in several national and international meetings related to ASRH.


Mr. Desmond Nji Atanga

Founding president, DESERVE Cameroon

Desmond N. Atanga has nine years of experience working on youth empowerment and sexual and reproductive health. He is a Young Leader of the Women Deliver Young Leaders Program and currently the National First Vice President of the Cameroon Youth Network, which works with UNICEF-Cameroon. Desmond is the founding president of the DESERVE Cameroon and an elected delegate to the Cameroon National Youth Council. In 2013, Desmond received an award as Cameroon’s best youth leader, awarded by the Project for the Prevention of HIV/AIDS in the Central African Sub-region (PPSAC) in collaboration with the Cameroon Association for Social Marketing/Population Services International. Desmond holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Economics from the University of Dschang and a Post graduate Technical Education Diploma in the Teaching of Economics (DIPET 2) from The University of Bamenda. He speaks English, French, and Ngemba.


Ms. Joan Amanda Banura


Joan Amanda Banura is a 22 year old professional journalist, and a passionate advocate for sexual reproductive health, rights and family planning for young people in Kampala Uganda. She is the team leader of Uganda Youth Alliance for family planning and adolescent health-UYAFPAH and the country coordinator International youth alliance for family planning-IYAFP Uganda.


Mr. Sharafdzhon Boborakhimov

International Coordinator, Y-PEER

Sharafdzhon Boborakhimov is Y-PEER International Coordinator in Charge of International Organizational development who has been involved with Y-PEER Network in Tajikistan since 2011. He is a dedicated member of his national network, and has actively advocated for young people’s SRH issues at global and regional forums, most recently in the ICPD Beyond 2014 process. He is also a trainer for youth and peer educators on sexual and reproductive health including HIV issues.


Ms. Alison Bodenheimer

Francophone Africa Program Officer II - Advance Family Planning, Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Alison works closely with in-country partners to implement the AFP advocacy approach in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Senegal, and Burkina Faso and forges strategic partnerships to diffuse the approach throughout Francophone Africa. Her background includes managing programs in reproductive health, family planning, and infectious diseases throughout Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Prior to joining AFP, Ms. Bodenheimer consulted for Columbia University in Jordan where she worked with UNICEF to improve monitoring and reporting of child rights violations in conflict in the MENA region. She has a MPH from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and a Bachelors degree in Psychology and French from College of the Holy Cross and University of Strasbourg in France.



Ms. Burcu Bozkurt

International Youth Alliance for Family Planning

Burcu Bozkurt is a public health professional with more than 3 years of experience in policy, research and advocacy. She is a co-founding member of the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning, and works on communications and advocacy within the Executive team. Her fieldwork has spanned from providing technical support to establish an M&E system for community health workers in Bangladesh to working with women’s cooperatives in Turkey. Burcu worked for Ipas as a Policy Associate to educate policymakers and other stakeholders on U.S. foreign policy as it relates to reproductive health access for women globally. Before joining Ipas, she was an public health analyst for the Women, Children and Families Program at RTI International. As a women’s rights advocate, she has worked on sustainable development issues and conducted health systems research in Turkey, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Costa Rica and Mexico. Burcu moved to the United States at age eight from her native Istanbul, Turkey and graduated with honors and distinction in public service from the UNC-Chapel Hill, where she studied global studies and health policy and management in the Gillings School of Global Public Health.


Ms. Katelyn Bryant-Comstock

Research Associate, PAI

Katelyn Bryant-Comstock is a Research Associate at PAI where she provides research support to projects across PAI’s thematic areas. Her analysis focuses on effective AYSRH programs, the integration of young people in reproductive health policies and programs, rights and empowerment principles, and access to safe abortion. She has worked in sexual and reproductive health for over five years, previously researching family planning integration and advocacy messaging at IntraHealth International, and supporting the capacity-building and communications team at CEPDA. Katelyn holds a master’s degree in public health from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and an undergraduate degree in English and Women’s Studies from UNC-CH.


Mr. Kennedy Chande

International Programme Coordinator, DSW

Mr. Chande is a social scientist with 11 years’ experience and practice on youth empowerment, capacity development, sexual reproductive health and rights, advocacy and HIV and AIDS. At DSW, he is currently a coordinating the Youth-to-Youth initiative in East Africa with a network of over 400 youth clubs. Prior to his position, he coordinated regional HIV and AIDS programmes in Sub Saharan Africa. He has broad experience in the development of youth SRHR programs and curriculums.


Dr. V Chandra-Mouli

Scientist, Department of Reproductive Health and Research World Health Organization

(includes the UNDP/UNFPA/UNICEF/WHO/World Bank Human Reproductive Programme)

Dr. Chandra-Mouli works on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health, building the epidemiologic and evidence base, and supporting countries to translate this evidence into action through well-conceived and well-managed policies and programmes. In the area of research, his main project is the Global Early Adolescent Study which seeks to learn how gender socialization occurs in young adolescents in different contexts, and how this influences their sexual behaviour as they move into older adolescence and young adulthood. In the area of policies and programmes, the focus of his work is on taking comprehensive sexuality education, adolescent friendly health services and creating enabling environments (e.g. to prevent child marriage), from ‘boutique’ projects to large scale and sustained programmes.


Ms. Kate Cho

Management Sciences for Health (MSH)

Kate serves as Technical Advisor for Family Planning/Reproductive Health at Management Sciences for Health (MSH) and supports MSH’s projects in implementing high impact FP practices, assists with documentation and reporting of innovations, and establishes linkages among global and local projects. Kate has more than 10 years of international public health experience with a focus on family planning and reproductive health issues. Prior to joining MSH, she worked for Abt Associates, where she helped develop their FP strategy and provided technical assistance to a family planning project in Zambia. She graduated from Yale University in 2003 with a BA in history and from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2007 with a master of health science, specializing in population, family, and reproductive health. Kate is conversational in French.


Ms. Jenifer DeAtley

Director of US Programs & Adolescent SRH Advisor for EngenderHealth

Jenifer DeAtley has 20 years of experience in public health and social development programs. With a focus on youth development strategies, SRH and teen pregnancy prevention efforts, and non-profit leadership, she has developed and implemented several programs that address health disparities among youth. She began her career as a social worker in schools and health centers and has developed two award winning youth development teen pregnancy and intimate partner violence prevention interventions. She is the co-founder and inaugural chair of Healthy Youth Partnership and currently serves on the board of Healthy Teen Network. She is a professor at the graduate school of social work at the University of Texas at Austin and holds a Sociology Degree from the University of Texas at Austin and Masters of Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Ms. Allison Doody

International Advocacy Associate, PAI

Allison Doody is International Advocacy Associate at PAI. She has worked for the past five years on engaging civil society around the role of reproductive health in global development processes. Her analysis focuses on access to reproductive health services and supplies in humanitarian settings and on ensuring that family planning and reproductive health are included in United Nations declarations. In her current role, Allison also works with PAI’s partner organizations in the global South on several related issues such as budget advocacy, the needs of youth and integrating reproductive health and HIV services. Before joining PAI, Allison worked for Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME). Allison is a graduate of Syracuse University with a degree in political science.


Ms. Michalina Drejza

International Federation of Medical Students ‘Associations (IFMSA)

Ms. Drejza is a medical student at the Poznan University of Medical Sciences in Poland and the IYAFP Country Coordinator. At IFMSA, she is a Liaison Officer for SRH representing over 1 million medical students’ worldwide. She is a passionate researcher in the field of global SRH, infertility and reproductive endocrinology. In 2014, she coordinated the project "Mission Madagascar - reproductive health and medical aid" in cooperation with Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs to help with family planning in PHC facilities in Madagascar.


Ms. Suzanne Ehlers

President and CEO, Population Action International

Ms. Ehlers has worked for the last 15+ years to promote family planning and reproductive health as a basic right for women across the globe. She repeatedly serves on U.S. government delegations to United Nations’ conferences. She sits on the Boards of Directors of the Global Health Council and Ibis Reproductive Health. Ms. Ehlers is a frequent speaker on women’s empowerment and reproductive health issues and has been profiled by the New York Times, National Journal and Grist. She was honored as one of Devex’s “40 under 40” International Development Leaders for 2011 and as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2012.


Ms. Faiqoh
Aliansi Remaja Independen

Faiqoh is national coordinator for Aliansi Remaja Independen, an Indonesian youth led organization working in the area of advocacy in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rigths, Education and Employment for young people. Previously, she has worked as Indonesian Youth Expert Advisory for Formative Research on Menstrual Hygiene Management, collaboration among Burnett Institute, SurveyMeter, Water Aid and Aliansi Remaja Independen. She has a great passion to be a researcher in the future.


Ms. Jamila Gacheri

Emerging Youth Leader, Kenya

Jamila worked for the past 3 years with NOPE under USAID Aphia plus Kamili project serving as a BCC (Behavior change communication) Associate Programme officer reaching youth in and out of school and supervising service provision in youth-friendly centers. She served as a Y-peer focal person in Meru County and rolled out digital peer education programmes in higher learning institutions and strengthened networks on ASRH. She is a passionate advocate for adolescents and youth and their SRH issues in her community, especially their access to SRH services, including family planning, HIV prevention, and sexual/gender-based violence programmes.


Ms. Jillian Gedeon

International Youth Alliance for Family Planning (IYAFP)

Jillian Gedeon completed a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Sciences from the University of Ottawa, Canada in 2014, where she researched women’s experiences with long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) on the Thailand-Burma border. She has been contributing to qualitative studies on women’s reproductive health for over 3 years, on topics ranging from abortion in Canada to medical education in Jordan. Her passion for reproductive health, coupled with her ability to connect with youth, has led her to mentor, train, and educate youth locally, nationally, and internationally. She is currently working as the Program Officer for IYAFP and works on administration, communications, advocacy, project management, and public relations.


Ms. Jenny Greaney


Jennie Greaney works within UNFPA’s Technical Division on advocacy initiatives, external relations and on documenting best practices in family planning. She has over 20 years’ experience in advocacy and communications roles, including for the World Health Organization, the European Commission, and for public health institutes and development organizations. Jennie has a particular passion for and experience in developing skills-building courses in advocacy, communications and media, and has delivered workshops for youth, health-care providers, journalists, programme managers and policy-makers in over 40 countries. She has a Master’s in Science Communication and holds additional qualifications in marketing and public relations, public health, journalism and education.


Mr. Leonard Gobah

Head of Donor Delivery and Compliance at Marie Stopes International Ghana.

Public Health Specialist with an MPH in Population and Reproductive Health from the KNUST, Ghana. He is currently the Head of Donor Delivery and Compliance at Marie Stopes International Ghana. He is responsible for managing all donor funded grants, including their delivery and reporting. He combines this responsibility with managing MSIG’s flagship youth project ‘No Yawa’ which is his passion and he describes as his ‘baby’. This project has reached over 190,000 young people with SRH services within 2 years.

Prior to joining MSIG, Leonard was the Country Health Advisor for Plan International, where he managed the implementation of various health projects especially maternal and child health programs across Ghana.

Leo previously worked in the Ghana Health Service as a Senior Biomedical Scientist. He has over 13 years’ experience in developing and implementing Community based programs in Maternal Health, Child Survival, Adolescent Reproductive health and Family Planning. He also has experience in HIV/AIDS, Peer education, Gender and culturally focused programs.

Leonard is currently pursuing an International Executive MBA in Strategic and Consultancy Management from the Paris Graduate School of Management.


Ms. Meghan Guida

Senior M&E Associate, Management Sciences for Health

Meghan Guida is a Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist with the Leadership, Management & Governance Project at Management Sciences for Health. In her portfolio, Meghan supports project M&E, as well as conducts discrete research and evaluation activities. Recently, these activities have included mapping a network of HIV & AIDS support organizations, conducting a global review of effective youth leadership programs, and leading a webinar on data visualization techniques to share results. Prior to working at MSH, Meghan worked in democracy and governance with the National Democratic Institute, and refugee resettlement with the International Rescue Committee. Meghan earned her Master of Arts degree in International Affairs from the George Washington University, concentrating on international development and conflict resolution, and her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Wake Forest University. She speaks Spanish and is interested in learning French.


Dr. Laura Hoemeke

Director of Communications and Advocacy, IntraHealth International

Laura Hoemeke, DrPH, MPH, is IntraHealth International’s Director of Communication and Advocacy and a global health and family planning advocate, overseeing the organization’s communications initiatives and leading its advocacy portfolio. She has nearly 25 years of experience in global health, including long-term field assignments in the Central African Republic, Benin, Senegal, and Rwanda, and short-term assignments throughout Africa. Hoemeke served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Central African Republic, worked for Africare in Washington, DC, and served as a Population Leadership Program Fellow at USAID in Benin. Prior to her current role on IntraHealth’s leadership team, served as the Regional Director for West and Central Africa and the director of the Twubakane Decentralization and Health Program in Rwanda. Hoemeke earned her doctorate in public health from UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health in health policy and management and has an MPH from Johns Hopkins University.


Ms. Judith Helzner
The Alliance for Reproductive, Maternal and Newborn Health

Judith Helzner is currently a Visiting Scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health and an independent consultant. From 2002-2014 she worked at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, Illinois, serving from 2003 to 2013 as Director of Population and Reproductive Health. In that role she oversaw grantmaking of approximately $16 million annually to groups in India, Nigeria, Mexico and the global North, primarily on youth reproductive health and maternal mortality. Ms. Helzner also has worked for International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region, the International Women’s Health Coalition, Pathfinder, and other NGOs. She has master’s degrees in demography and international relations from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree in French from Tufts University.


Ms. Laura Hurley
Youth Access, Gender and Rights Officer – IPPF

Laura Hurley is the Youth Access, Gender and Rights Officer at the Central Office of IPPF, the International Planned Parenthood Federation. Before joining the Adolescents, Gender and Rights team at IPPF, Laura managed ‘Education For Choice’, a UK project dedicated to providing young people with accurate and impartial information on pregnancy and abortion. She has worked directly with young people for over five years and currently volunteers with Gendered Intelligence, a UK organisation which supports young trans people. Laura has a First Class BA in Gender and Cultural Studies from the University of Warwick, and an MA (with distinction) in Gender, Sexuality, Politics and Culture from Birkbeck, University of London


Ms. Kosi Izundu

Emerging youth leader

Kosi Izundu is a young Nigerian with a passion for youth development. She started her career as a youth advocate, supporting youth groups in Nigeria to design, implement, monitor and evaluate advocacy and campaigns programs on adolescent and young people’s sexual reproductive health. Organizing youth groups and building their capacity to articulate and demand for the inclusion of young people’s health and rights in national policy processes such as in Bills and laws in-country.

In addition, she also works with others on youth economic empowerment, employment, leadership and civic participation. She has participated in both National and International conferences where she has facilitated workshops and made inputs to policy processes.

She has worked with the UNFPA Nigeria country office in projects such as the #NoHoodyNoHoney campaign, engaging with young people at various levels, organizing outreach activities to sensitize communities on the importance of condom use as a means of protection and prevention. She is presently a member of the Youth Participatory Platform (YPP).

Mr. Benoit Kalasa

Director of the Technical Division at UNFPA

Benoit Kalasa, a national from the Democratic Republic of Congo, is presently the Director of the Technical Division at UNFPA.Mr.Kalasa has been working with UNFPA since 1999. Most recently he was the Director of the Regional Office for West and Central Africa (WCARO), based in Dakar, Senegal. He also acted as the UNFPA Representative for Madagascar and Country Director for Mauritius, Seychelles and Comoros from 2006-2010 followed by being accredited as Representative for Ethiopia from 2010-2012. Throughout his career he has played a leading role in advocating for the ICPD issues, promoting at the national level the goals of the programme and ensuring the integration of issues of reproductive health, population and development and gender in national plans and policies as well as in the broader development agenda. Mr. Benoit Kalasa holds a PhD in Economics, with specialization in Economic Demography at the Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po) in Paris, France.


Ms. Kiki Kalkstein

Senior Policy Analyst, Pathfinder International

Kiki Kalkstein has dedicated her career to advancing the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls globally. In her current role, Kiki works to improve the U.S. and global health policy environment by influencing and informing relevant policy and appropriations decisions. She represents Pathfinder in coalitions across a spectrum of global health issues including: family planning and reproductive health; maternal, newborn, and child health; and HIV and AIDS and also co-chairs the Youth Health and Rights Coalition (YHRC). Prior to joining Pathfinder, Kiki worked at the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) as Program Associate and Advocacy and Outreach Associate. Kiki holds a B.A. in Public Health and Global Poverty and Practice from the University of California, Berkeley.


Mr. Sangeet Kayastha

International Coordinator, Youth Peer Education Network (Y-PEER)

Mr. Kayastha is a SRHR Youth advocate and development studies graduate from Nepal. He is working as International Coordinator for Y-PEER, which is one of the largest youth network working in issues of SRHR around the globe. Mr. Kayastha started working in issues of Sexual reproductive health and rights(SRHR) in 2006 starting as a peer educator in grassroots level & gradually started working on national and regional level. He has expertise in programs and polices related to youth issues, Migration Issues & SRHR Issues. Had has been involved in different global agendas such as post ICPD, SDGs and other issues related to young people.


Ms. Stephanie Kimou

Policy Analyst, Population Reference Bureau

Stephanie A. Kimou is currently a policy analyst at PRB where she works on demographic dividend projects in Francophone Africa. She is tasked with creating activities across Senegal and the DRC, which will advance the demographic dividend into national planning initiatives. She is also actively engaged in the expansion of PRB’s youth activities, focusing on the operationalization of SRHR policies, and further engaging young people in the policy process across sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to PRB, Stephanie was a program manager in Tanzania where she worked with over 300 refugee-impacted women to implement various capacity building programs. Ms. Kimou is a graduate of Georgetown University where she obtained an MA in International Affairs and Gender Studies.


Ms. Laura Laski

Chief of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Branch in Technical Division, UNFPA

Laura Laski MD, MPH is currently Chief of the Sexual and Reproductive Health Branch in Technical Division at UNFPA in New York, and the Team Leader of the Adolescent and Youth Cluster Strategy, also at UNFPA. Laura worked for many years in evaluation and research of adolescent sexual and reproductive health programmes at the University of California in San Francisco and as an OB/GYN in her native country, Argentina, where she provided services to low income women in the metropolitan area of Buenos Aires.


Dr. Priya Limbu


Dr. Limbu graduated from school of health and related research, University of Sheffield in 2014 with a degree in Public Health. In July 2014, she joined EngenderHealth as a program officer for family Planning project and Adolescent SRH project in Bihar. In her position, she implemented an awareness campaign including group education sessions for in-school and out of school adolescents, adolescent health services at the facilities, adolescent led rallies, and creating a coordinated effort to bring the key gate -keeper like parents and community leaders engaged in the campaign. In Bihar, Priya conducted a focus group discussion for parents in Katihar to understand their perspectives on Adolescents Sexual and Reproductive Health and the facilities providing such services. Her area of focus remains on subjects related to gender inequality in health and strengthening the health system of countries with limited resources.


Mr. Matt Matassa

Global Health Strategies, Digital Communications Consultant

Matt Matassa is a digital communications and engagement strategist with over 15 years of global health and human development experience. He specializes in designing and implementing crowd-sourced strategies that rely heavily on social content, video and other interactive components. Additionally, Matt has a diverse set of skills in digital storytelling, video production, social content curation, identity management, creative direction and digital marketing. Prior to becoming an independent consultant, Matt worked for FHI 360 (formally Family Health International and AED) for almost six years. In his capacity, he transformed their digital communication and social engagement strategies to help support a global structure of more than 70 local offices around the globe. Prior to working at FHI 360, Matt has served in communication leadership roles at some of the top international NGOs and even took a short break to work at digital communications firm where he learned the ins and outs of web development. Matt has a spirit of innovation that has allowed him to push the boundaries of what is expected while creating highly effective and measurable approaches.


Ms. Julie Mellin

Manager, Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS

A long-time feminist and advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights, Julie manages GYCA and its role in the Link Up project, which aims to improve the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people living with and affected by HIV in five countries in Asia and Africa. Julie served as a Peace Corps Volunteer at a small community-based organization in Botswana (2008-2010), where she built organizational capacity and designed HIV/AIDS and SRH life skills programs. Julie has a Master's in international affairs, and is a volunteer advocate for survivors at of sexual assault and domestic violence at Mt. Sinai Beth Israel hospital in New York City.


Ms. Margarite Nathe
Senior Editor/Writer IntraHealth International

Margarite Nathe is senior editor/writer at IntraHealth International, an international global health nonprofit that believes everyone, everywhere should have the health care they need to thrive. Based in North Carolina in the United States, Nathe has over ten years of experience translating complex scientific topics into clear, jargon-free writing. As a global health communications professional, she covers a range of topics, including family planning, HIV, gender equity, the health workforce, and more.


Ms. Maureen Oduor

Emerging Youth Leader

Maureen is a young ASRH activist and alumnus of Women Deliver Young Leaders Program born and raised in Kenya, with over eight years’ experience working directly in grass root communities, advancing adolescent girls and women access to reproductive health rights and needs. Currently in Tanzania, she works with Service Health and Development for People Living Positively with HIV/AIDS Muheza branch (SHDEPHA+) as ASRH regional coordinator. Prior to joining SHDEPHA+, she worked on youth mobilization at African Peace Ambassadors Tanzania and Kisumu Medical education trust in Kenya, a leading grass roots reproductive health advocacy and provider in western part of Kenya. Maureen is also Co-founder of Tembea Youth Center for Sustainable Development a youth led organization in Western Kenya. She is an, and developed an mobile app allowing young people to access comprehensive and confidential sexual health information. Maureen was a critical facilitator in creating the Youth Film in Tanzania.


Mr. Oluwasibomi Paul Ojajuni

Co-founder and Director of Research and Development, HACEY Health Initiative

Paul is a public health and development professional with over eight years of domestic and international experience in implementation research, monitoring and evaluation, community mobilization, project design and management. He is the Co-Founder and Director of Research and Development of HACEY Health Initiative – an organization committed to helping young people and women lead healthy and productive lives through capacity development, policy advocacy, research and education with a special focus on adolescent sexual and reproductive health, maternal health and the social inclusion of vulnerable populations. He is committed to health systems strengthening in resource poor settings, health policy advocacy and improving health outcomes of women and young people. He has coordinated and led numerous grassroots and regional programs of the organization and has helped build the organization into one that has representatives in 11 states in Nigeria and focal points in 15 African countries.


Mr. Francis Oko Armah

Young Leader, Ghana, Women Deliver Commitment to Action

Oko Armah is a young leader at Women Deliver. He 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 extensively with global organizations, including Marie Stopes International, Ipas, and DKT International, under the Reducing Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Project (R3M). He has served in various capacities as a peer educator, facilitator, communications officer, youth ambassador, and youth counselor for sexual and reproductive services. He strongly believes in using the media as a tool for development and is actively involved in radio and TV broadcasts at Curious Minds Ghana. Armah is also currently serving as the country coordinator at the International Youth Alliance on Family Planning (IYAFP).


Mr. Romaric Ouitona


Romaric Ouitona, 22 years old is a young cultural actor from Benin. He is passionate about promoting youth and Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (ASRHR). Romaric is the president of the Alliance des Jeunes Ambassadeurs pour la Santé de Reproduction et la Planification familiale. Romaric is involved in issues related to youth employment, mental health and ASRHR. He has represented youth in his country and Africa in many national and international conferences including but not limited to the International conference on Family Planning ICFP 2013, November 2013, the 69th session of the United Nations General in New York, September 2014, advocacy reinforcement workshop by AFP SMART in Bamako, Mali in September 2016. He is motivated by the active participation of youth and adolescents in promoting sexual and reproductive health.


Mr. George Ouma

Program Coordinator, DSW Kenya

Mr. Ouma is a trained community and public health specialist highly familiar with the health, development and management of projects with a focus on result based program development and implementation. He holds and MPH and bachelor in community and health psychology. Mr. Ouma has 11 years work experience in public health, community development and strategic project management, and monitoring and evaluation, as well as training, facilitation and capacity building. As a Program Coordinator, he serves as a program and technical manager and supports DSW’s community development, and health intervention efforts managing diversified reproductive health, leadership development, economic empowerment and other development projects. He oversees the implementation of national projects focusing on Maternal and child health, HIV and Aids, safe motherhood, Sexual Reproductive health, Young adolescent health, women and girls economic empowerment, nutrition and family planning supported by EU, Dutch - FLOW, Bayer HC among other donors.


Mr. Isaiah Owolabi

HACEY Health Initiative

Isaiah is the co-founder of HACEY Health Initiative: A development organization implementing and consulting on programs that support a healthy and productive society for vulnerable populations in over 10 African countries. He has experience working in Brazil, South Africa, Nigeria, U.S A, and Turkey on issues related to SRH and maternal and child health. Isaiah is an alumnus of the Prestigious President Barack Obama Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders and also an awardee of the Queen Elizabeth II Young Leaders Award.


Ms. Amanda Puckett BenDor

IntraHealth International

Amanda has over ten years of experience working in human resources for health (HRH) and health systems strengthening. As IntraHealth International’s technical advisor for HRH and knowledge management, she serves as the mHero Global Coordinator, working with local and international stakeholders to support the mHero platform in West Africa. mHero allows ministries of health to communicate with frontline health workers through basic mobile phones. Amanda also represents IntraHealth on the K4Health Project, bringing a health workforce lens to the global knowledge management project. She has supported field programs throughout sub-Saharan Africa for the USAID-funded Capacity Project and CapacityPlus project, working closely with ministries of health and local partners to advance HRH activities. Amanda’s areas of expertise include health informatics, digital health, family planning, knowledge management, and health workforce development. Amanda has a MPH from the Maternal and Child Health Department at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Mr. Mohamed Esam Refaat

Mohamed is a recent graduate from Mansoura Medical School. He has volunteered with various NGOs in Egypt for over 8 years. He works now as Y-PEER international Fellow in Peer Education training and Research Center in Sofia, Bulgari. Mohamed is an advanced peer education trainer and a focal point with Y-PEER, in addition he was the National Partnerships and Networking Officer in Y-PEER-Egypt. Mohamed is also a counselors' coordinator in Ma3looma Egypt, supporting a cross-media life skills program that enables and encourages young people to engage with sexual and reproductive health issues through use of mobile phones and web platforms.In addition, he is a consultant in UNICEF/UNFPA/MOP joint program to eliminate female genital mutilation FGM in Egypt.


Ms. Eva Ros

Global Partnerships and Advocacy Director, MSH

Eva Ros is the Director for Global Advocacy and Partnerships for the USAID-funded Leadership, Management and Governance (LMG) Project at Management Sciences for Health (MSH), where she currently manages the project’s activities that build and strengthen the leadership and management skills of women and youth working in family planning/reproductive health. She is an international public health expert with 17 years of experience in public-private partnerships, capacity building and organizational development across multiple countries and regions. Previously, she directed The Kaizen Company’s health strategy and new business development efforts. As Operations Officer with IFC (World Bank Group), she worked with governments in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East to identify, design and implement public-private partnerships. Ms. Ros also served in Jordan as the Deputy Chief of Party for a USAID-funded family planning/reproductive health project. She holds an MBA and MPH from the University of California, Berkeley.


Mr. Jonathan Rucks

Director of Advocacy, PAI

Jonathan Rucks serves as the Director of Advocacy for PAI where he works to champion policies that put women in charge of their SRHR. Jonathan is responsible for the development and management of advocacy strategies to inform and influence public policy at the federal level in the US as well as in developing countries. Jonathan has more than 10 years of experience in SRHR. Prior to joining PAI, Jonathan worked for Pathfinder International, a major U.S. government-implementing partner, and spent eight years working in the House of Representatives for both Representative Jan Schakowsky and Representative Jim Oberstar. Jonathan holds a master’s degree in Strategic Security Studies from the College of International Security Affairs at National Defense University in Washington, D.C. He earned his BS in Political Science and English from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN.


Dr. Jean Christophe Rusatira

Finance Officer, IYAFP

Dr. Jean Christophe is a medical doctor, member of Medical Students’ Association of Rwanda and Finance Officer of IYAFP since its inception in 2013. Dr. Rusatira has broad experience in the field of maternal and SRH, focused on youth access to health care and family planning. He is the founder of Healthy People Rwanda; a local registered NGO, focusing on the development of health and human resources in the health sector of Rwanda and has worked with different international NGOs such as Edinburgh Global Partnership, the YOU-Manity and Bristol Volunteers for Development Abroad. In 2013, he founded the medfoster group, and initiated the web-based medical education platform www.medfoster.com and has worked with the Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Rwanda to further develop user-centered Interactive technology for Medical education.


Ms. Melody Sarafino

Co-founder No. 29 communications

Melody is a writer and media relations professional who understands the importance of telling a good story — from both sides of the page. After nine years on the agency side, and as a freelance reporter, she co-founded No. 29 Communications. With more than a decade in PR, Melody has overseen major media relations and thought leadership campaigns for non-profits, startups, artists, filmmakers, and brands including the Sundance Institute, TEDx, The Future of Storytelling summit, and artist Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s global film HUMAN. She has worked with reporters across a range of countries, outlets and beats – from arts and technology to science and fashion. In her “free” time, she writes for Time Out New York and serves on the Rising Leaders Council for New York Cares, a non-profit organization that engages 56,000 volunteers every year to help New Yorkers in need. An avid global traveler, attempts at breaking her smartphone addiction have included riding the Trans-Siberian railway through the steppes of Mongolia, camping with lions in the Serengeti Plains, and floating in the Dead Sea.


Ms. Dilly Severin

Director of Communications, PAI

Dilly crafts and implements PAI’s communications and media strategy and manages the communications team. She also supports PAI’s international partners, providing them with training and communications assistance as needed. Dilly is co-chair of the International Family Planning Coalition Communicators’ group along with the Guttmacher Institute and Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Before joining PAI in 2008, she served as Communications Coordinator at the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity (CRGE) and was the Program Coordinator of the YouthActionNet program at the International Youth Foundation. Dilly holds a Master’s of Public Policy in International Development from the University of Maryland and a Master’s of Communication from American University. She has a BA in English Lterature with a minor in Asian Studies.


Ms. Halima Shariff

Director, Advance Family Planning Tanzania

Johns Hopkins University, Center for Communication Programs (JHU-CCP)

Ms. Halima Shariff is an accomplished Tanzanian media specialist and communication strategist with more than 30 years’ experience in both national and international print and broadcast media and more than two decades of experience and knowledge in smart advocacy and public policy in SRHR. Having managed a number of national and international-funded programs and projects in HIV/AIDS, adolescent SRH, family planning, and gender, Ms. Shariff’s has served in leadership positions in national and international bodies. She is the Country Director of AFP and serves in the FP2020 Country Engagement Working Group. Ms. Shariff is a gender activist in women coalitions under the Women Fund Tanzania, Tanzania Media Women’s Association and the African Women Leaders Network that promotes universal access to reproductive health services. She is also a co-chair of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition Advocacy and Accountability Working Group, and serves as Board of Directors’ Chairperson of three local NGOs in Tanzania.


Ms. Arushi Singh

The Pleasure Project

Arushi Singh provides technical consultancy on gender, rights and sexuality, and on youth-centred programming to several international NGOs and UN agencies. She is also a Pleasure Propagandist for The Pleasure Project, which is a volunteer-led initiative working on eroticising safer sex. Previously, she has worked with the Commonwealth Youth Programme, Amnesty International, and the International Planned Parenthood Federation.


Martyn Smith

Managing Director, FP2020

With more than 10 years of experience in both the private and NGO sectors across three continents, Martyn demonstrates a passionate commitment to the delivery of high quality, client-centered reproductive health services, with extensive leadership experience. Martyn has a proven track record in working with donor agencies, governments, civil society and the private sector to deliver health services to under-served communities, forge innovative partnerships, and strengthen health systems. Prior to joining FP2020, Martyn led and transformed Marie Stopes International organizations in India and Sierra Leone before taking on a technical role as MSI's Deputy Regional Director for Asia in 2013. Before this, Martyn worked on malaria and HIV social marketing programs with PSI in Namibia. A graduate of Cambridge University, Martyn started his professional career in private sector logistics in Europe and South Africa.


Ms. Stephanie Tholand

Director of Program & Partnership Development, Population Media Center (PMC)

Stephanie Tholand oversees new program design, development, and fundraising at Population Media Center, an international organization that works with broadcast media to produce entertainment-education programs. Stephanie also manages partnership engagement and strategic growth planning. Prior to joining PMC in 2012, she worked in non-profit administration and donor development, as well as working in Kenya in 2010 to advise on internal management strategies for a local NGO. Stephanie holds a Master of Public Administration from San Francisco State University, a BA from Wake Forest University, and received DPMI certification from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.


Dr. Cheick Oumar Touré

Country Director, IntraHealth International, Mali

Cheick Touré, MD, MPH is IntraHealth Intrenational’s Country Director in Mali leading the Civil Society for Family Planning Initiative in West Africa (CS4FP).

Dr Touré supported the establishment of CSO coalitions, facilitated dialogue between coalitions and the MOHs in Mali, Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger and Senegal, and built members capacity in advocacy. He also ensured that best practices in FP demand creation and method mix are widely shared across the nine Ouagadougou Partnership countries.

During his 17 years of demonstrated experience designing and managing complex health projects in Mali and West Africa, Dr. Touré has worked across numerous technical areas including family planning, maternal and newborn health and fistula prevention and treatment.

In addition to holding medical and public health degrees, Dr Touré was a Ford Motor International Fellow with 92nd Street Y and the Picker Center for Executive Education at Columbia University.


Dr. Miranda van Reeuwijk

Rutgers WPF

Miranda is a senior researcher for Rutgers, center of expertise on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, based in the Netherlands. Internationally, Rutgers supports organisations to improve SRHR and the acceptance of sexual rights and gender equality. Miranda holds a PhD in medical anthropology and her expertise include research relating to children, adolescents and young people’s sexuality, particularly in low income countries in Africa and Asia. Central to her work is the active participation of children and young people in various levels and stages of research, intervention development, implementation, and Monitoring & Evaluation.


Ms. Caren Wakoli

Founder and Executive Director, Emerging Leaders Foundation

Ms. Caren Wakoli is a social entrepreneur who delights in mentoring young women and men to reach their greatest potential in life. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Emerging Leaders Foundation, an organization that focuses on raising young people as positive agents of change in society. She has over 14 years experience of youth empowerment work in Kenya and Africa at large. She has taken part in various policy formulation processes including Kenya Vision 2030, National Youth Policy, National Alcohol Policy and National Human Development Index 2010. Caren also serves on various boards, governmental and non-governmental – she is the Chair of The Youth Congress; Board Member at Uwezo Fund, Impact Africa Industries, Within Foundation, Ngazi Aid, and Youth employment summit-Kenya. She holds a Master’s Degree in International Studies and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from the University of Nairobi.


Ms. Joni Waldron

Technical Advisor, Palladium

Joni Waldron is a Technical Advisor at Palladium, with more than 8 years of experience working with governments to collect, analyze and utilize data for decision making. Since 2012, her work has focused on supporting national governments and their stakeholders to develop Costed Implementation Plans for Family Planning (CIPs). Ms. Waldron has managed or provided substantial technical support for CIP development in Ethiopia, Malawi, Nigeria and Zambia. She has also developed tools for CIP execution, including a series of resource gap analysis tools that have been used in more than eight countries to identify the additional resources needed in order to achieve national priorities and objectives. Ms. Waldron holds an MPH from Boston University, where she concentrated in International Health, and a BA in Political Science from Earlham College.


Lauren Wolkoff

Communication Director, FP2020

Lauren joined Family Planning 2020 as Communication Director in March of 2015. She leads the Secretariat’s efforts in messaging, social media, content development, branding, collateral development and media relations. In this role, she sits on the Public Affairs team for the UN Foundation, which houses FP2020, and works closely with FP2020’s partner organizations to coordinate messaging and align communications priorities. A veteran of newspapers, publications management and strategic communications, Lauren previously served as Communications Director for Georgetown University Medical Center and before that she was the Communications Director for Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. She holds a BA from Rutgers University, and an MA in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Fluent in Spanish, Lauren has spent considerable time in Latin America, most recently conducting research for the Pan-American Health Organization in Bogota, Colombia on the concept of health as a “bridge for peace” in conflict areas.


Ms. Sylvia Wong

Technical specialist in adolescent at youth issues, UNFPA

Sylvia Wong is Technical Specialist in Adolescent and Youth issues at UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. She has 15 years of experience in adolescent development, SRH, and improving health services for adolescents in low and middle-income countries. At UNFPA, she manages a portfolio on adolescent SRH that has addressed adolescent pregnancy, child marriage, girls’ education and health linkages, and urbanization and adolescents. Previously, she worked on women’s health issues with Asian immigrants, youth development and culture in Southeast Asia, and adolescent reproductive health in China. She holds joint Masters in Public Health and International Affairs from Columbia University in New York.





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