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, Incoming Director-General

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 is currently 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 will take-up his position from March 1st 2018 for an initial four-year term.

Dr Rosemary Gillespie, Interim Director-General

Rosemary Gillespie has a background in clinical nursing; higher education and research; and organisational development in the public and voluntary sectors. She has experience in health, gender, and HIV/sexual health. 

Rosemary has extensive experience as a chief executive including in the voluntary sector, including in a number of recent interim chief executive roles. A trustee of the international animal welfare charity The Donkey Sanctuary, Rosemary is also a lay panellist on the Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service. 

She took-up her role of Interim Director General in November 2017, and will remain with IPPF until Alvaro Bermejo joins.

Colin Munro, Director, Operations Division

Colin leads the operations division which includes finance, human resources and office and administrative teams, a position he took up in 2016. This followed his role as Director of Strategic Advice where he co-ordinated and led the process to develop the current Strategic Framework (2016-2022). He was responsible for co-ordination of the Director-General's Office for four years during which he was Acting Director of Programmes for eighteen months.

With an earlier career leading the finance function of IPPF (2001-2008) he has extensive knowledge of the Federation. Prior to IPPF he was Finance Director of the London Business School and a Audit Manager in the not for profit and government division of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). He is a Chartered Accountant.

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.

Regional Directors

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