Directors’ Leadership Team

The Directors’ Leadership Team undertakes the day-to-day operations of the organization and represents the different components of the Secretariat. It includes the Regional Directors.  

The Directors’ Leadership Team members have substantial experience in their respective disciplines, applied in the sexual and reproductive health sector. Most have worked for not-for-profit as well as private sector non-governmental organizations. They provide IPPF with a platform of solid, proven leadership skills.  

Dr Alvaro Bermejo, Director-General

Dr Alvaro Bermejo has more than 20 years’ experience as a senior executive in global federations, working across HIV and AIDS, humanitarian issues and health policy.

He was previously the Executive Director of the Survive and Thrive portfolio at the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), where he helped build an adolescent sexual and reproductive health portfolio in addition to the more established health, nutrition and education portfolios. Dr Bermejo took up his position from March 1 2018 for an initial four-year term.

Snježana Bokulić, Director, Performance Division

Snježana Bokulić joined IPPF in 2016. She has considerable experience as an international development executive with a specialization in international human rights. Before IPPF, she was Head of the Human Rights Department in the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). She has worked in the fields of development, human rights and security, for international governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Snježana has developed organizational strategy and policy, along with rigorous programme monitoring and evaluation systems. That has included the implementation of impact-oriented advocacy and capacity building programmes supporting civil society organizations in interventions to strengthen human rights at the national level across Africa, Asia and Europe. Snježana’s academic background includes an LLM in International Human Rights Law, an MA in South East European Studies and a BA in Business and Journalism.

Yilma Melkamu, Director, Programmes Division

Yilma is a Medical Doctor. He joined IPPF in 2009 as Director of Programmes and Technical Support for the Africa Region prior to taking up the position of Director of Programmes in Central Office in 2016. He has over 15 years of programme management experience in family planning, comprehensive abortion care, quality of care, HIV/AIDS, safe motherhood, and social franchising of sexual and reproductive health services.

Before joining IPPF, Dr Melkamu worked for Pathfinder International and Marie Stopes International in Ethiopia. He consulted on public health at the national and international level for the Ministry of Health, United Nations, and several universities. He has been a lecturer at the Addis Ababa University and published extensively in the areas of family planning, maternal and newborn health, comprehensive abortion care, and HIV/AIDS in national and international peer reviewed journals.

Mina Barling, Director, External Relations Division

Mina has a wealth of senior level experience in sexual and reproductive health and rights. Before joining IPPF in July 2018, Mina was Vice President for Partnerships and Development at EngenderHealth. Prior to that she was Director of Strategic Programs at Marie Stopes International, where she ensured critical investments translated into safe sexual and reproductive health care services for the world’s most vulnerable women.

Mina was part of early international efforts ensuring medical abortion was affordable and available for all women, and worked on critical areas of policy and legislative reform relating to women’s reproductive rights. Mina has experience of working in Australia, Cambodia, China, Timor-Leste, the USA, and the UK, across the government, for-profit and not-for-profit sectors.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in health science and a bachelor of social science from the University of Adelaide, Australia, and a Masters degree in international health management from the University of New England.

Regional Directors

6 Regional Directors ensure good governance and high standards within their regions and support the work of their local Member Associations.