IPPF is successful at doing what it does thanks to the commitment and dedication of its staff, volunteers and supporters. The Federation has a fully democratic governance structure which is made operational by unpaid volunteers and professional staff.
IPPF has the largest global reach of any sexual and reproductive health organization due its dedicated volunteers. Hundreds of thousands work with the organization at grassroots level. They come from all kinds of backgrounds. Most have been directly affected by sexual and reproductive health and rights issues. Many are part of the most marginalized communities we seek to reach. All are passionately committed to IPPF’s vision and to advancing IPPF’s mission. If you are interested in volunteering, approach your country’s Member Association.
During its meeting from May 15-16 2020, the Governing Council voted to confirm the slate of candidates proposed by the Transition Committee for the 15 members of IPPF’s new Board of Trustees.
IPPF’s new regulations establish a 15-member, skills-based Board of Trustees to govern IPPF as per the strategic direction set by the General Assembly. The Board of Trustees consists of Kate Gilmore (interim Chair), Abina Aher, Issac Adewole, Rosa Ayong Tchonang, Ulukbek Batyrgaliev, Bience Gawanas, Surakshya Giri, Jacob Mutambo, Donya Nasser, Sami Natsheh, Aurélia Nguyen, Dr Josephine Obel (currently on leave of absence), and Elizabeth Schaffer.
Under IPPF’s new regulations, the Nominations and Governance Committee (NGC) has the mandate to recruit and evaluate the performance of members of the Board of Trustees and the Board committees. Reporting to the General Assembly, the NGC is a seven-person committee that has majority MA members, at least half of whom must be women and at least 20% of whom must be youth under 25.
The NGC members confirmed by the Governing Council during its May 15-16 meeting are: Don Gunawardena, Ramatou Hama, Dr Talaat Latif, Neish McLean, Dr Isabel Serrano, Jona Turalde and Daniela Urquijo Defex.
The Directors' Leadership Team, based in the London Central Office and across 6 Regional Offices, comprises director-level finance, medical, technical, operations and advocacy staff. The Senior Management Team includes the Regional Directors.
Regional Directors oversee and support the work of Member Associations.