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Directors’ Leadership Team

Members of the team include Secretariat and Regional Directors.

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.

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.

Manuelle Hurwitz, Director, Programmes Divison

Manuelle Hurwitz is the Director, Programmes Division at the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). She has the responsibility of overseeing the global technical, humanitarian and restricted project delivery work of the Federation.

Prior to this post, Manuelle was the Director, Institutional Delivery. She led on the delivery of restricted funded projects as well as health information systems and supply chain management.

In previous roles, Manuelle led IPPF’s abortion strategy and programmes. She established IPPF’s Global Comprehensive Abortion Care Initiative in 2007 which is currently entering its fifth phase of implementation. From 2001 to 2007, Manuelle was Senior Programme Officer in IPPF’s Innovation Fund where she managed a programme funded by the European Commission on youth and sexual and reproductive health, mainly in Francophone Africa. Before joining the Central Office, Manuelle worked for nine years in IPPF’s South Asia Regional Office as Programme Advisor and was the Desk Officer for Nepal, Iran and India successively.

Manuelle has been chairing the Safe Abortion Action Fund since 2012 and is currently a member of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition and UNFPA RH Supplies Programme steering committees.

Prior to joining IPPF, Manuelle worked as Research Officer for the Department of Applied Social Studies and Social Research at the University of Oxford

Varun Anand, Director, Finance & Technology Division

Varun is a Chartered Accountant with more than 21 years of diverse and multi-disciplinary experience. He brings a unique blend of strong systems approach and understanding of grass root programmes. Varun’s commitment to a just and equitable society has helped him pursue the cause of building an empowered community, which, he believes, is the only way to inclusive development.

As a member of the Global leadership team since April 2017 and the Senior Management at IPPF South Asia Region since March 2010, Varun has championed the cause of sexual and reproductive health and rights for all, by building accountable, transparent and robust locally owned globally connected IPPF.

Prior to joining IPPF, Varun has worked at various levels, with grass root NGOs in the areas of providing health services, hygiene and empowerment and with national and multinational consulting firms, advising large Government departments/ ministries in the areas of programme design, systems strengthening and evaluation of national schemes cutting across public financial management, health and family welfare, public security, transport subsidies, judiciary, commercial tax and ICT for development.

Mariama Daramy-Lewis, Director, People, Organization & Culture Division

Mariama joined IPPF in March 2019. She oversees and coordinates IPPF’s Strategic Framework, leads the People and Organisational Development Team including all aspects of Human Resources, and oversees the Director General’s Office (DGO). In addition, she manages the Legal, Risk and Compliance role.

Mariama is results-oriented with over 20 years of experience in international development, human resources management, performance management, public relations, communications and advocacy and program management. Working with the United Nations system since 1994, Mariama has held senior positions in UNDP, IFAD, UNSSC and UNEP, in Africa, Europe and North America. She brings vast experience leading on transformative change initiatives, and assessment, performance reporting and compliance, as well as, staff engagement and sexual harassment. Her work on gender mainstreaming and parity has be recognized in the UN system.

At the program level, she managed the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) and developed programmes on South-South cooperation.

Mariama holds a MS in Human Resources from Fordham University, New York and BA in Political Science from Howard University, Washington, D.C. Mariama was recognised with the 2012 Award of Excellence for ‘Best International Implementation’ by the ROI Institute, Inc., for partnering in developing training courses on results-based management.

Regional Directors

Six Regional Directors and one Deputy Regional Director ensure good governance and high standards within their regions and support the work of their local Member Associations.


4 April 2016