Regional Directors

6 Regional Directors, one based at each IPPF Regional Office, oversee and support the work of Member Associations. They are part of the Senior Management Team. They are responsible for ensuring that good governance and high standards are maintained among the Member Associations. They play a critical role in managing monitoring and evaluation processes. They fulfil an important communications function by voicing country and regional concerns in central policy meetings, and in ensuring that Federation-wide policies and strategies are implemented regionally and locally. They work with their respective Regional Councils to plan work, allocate resources and manage budgets.

Marie-Evelyne Petrus-Barry, Africa Regional Director

We are delighted to welcome on board Marie-Evelyne or Evelyne as she likes to be called, in the position of Regional Director, Africa Region Office (ARO) in IPPF.

Evelyne holds an MA in American Studies and a BA in Translation and interpretation from the University of La Sorbonne in Paris. 

She joins us from Amnesty International where she has been working as the Regional Director for West and Central Africa based in Dakar, Senegal. There she has been overseeing areas across West Africa and Central Africa as well as operations in a further 22 Countries, working at scale and within incredibly complex settings.

Prior to Amnesty International Evelyne has worked for the several UN agencies including as the UN Resident Coordinator in Gabon and representative of UNDP, UNFPA, UN Nations Information Centre, UN Human Rights, Plan International along with other organisations.

Evelyne has strong experience in working with Governments, advocacy and impacting policy. She has developed competencies in human rights, particularly women’s rights, children’s rights and the rights of victims. She has also worked on SRHR issues throughout her career and along with this brings to IPPF significant leadership, advocacy and fundraising skills and experience.

Evelyne is fluent in English, French, Portuguese, Creole and Pular (spoken in 19 African Countries!). She has a fair understanding of Spanish as well.

Evelyne’s interests include literature and music and the rights of people of African descent.

Mohamed Kamel, Arab World Regional Director

Dr Kamel is a senior reproductive health professional who has led successful health care programmes across the globe in both governmental and non-governmental organizations. He has extensive experience working with key senior government officials, parliamentarians, and civil society organizations to develop national strategies, policies, and community and clinic-based reproductive health services, as well as in coordinating international assistance to local agencies.

He also has professional experience with the UN system and USAID, EU, and other multilateral agency-funded programmes throughout the Arab region as well as in Turkey, Mexico, Dominican Republic and Azerbaijan. Additionally, Dr Kamel has led multi-disciplined, multinational teams to implement projects that have advanced sexual and reproductive health and rights across the region, and has an understanding of both country-specific cultural sensitivities and the public health imperative to find an appropriate way to address them.

Tomoko Fukuda, East and South East Asia and Oceania Regional Director


Caroline Hickson, European Network Regional Director

Caroline Hickson has been the Regional Director of the IPPF European Network (IPPF EN) since March 2016.

Caroline is originally from Ireland and holds a Masters in International Relations. She has worked in the NGO sector for over 25 years across the USA, Ireland, the UK and Germany covering a variety of sectors including health and homelessness, and for the past 11 years, international development, humanitarian relief and trade.

In her most recent capacity as Director of Communications and Strategic Partnerships with Fairtrade International, she was a member of the Leadership Team with a portfolio covering fundraising, partnerships, brand, communications and advocacy. Prior to Fairtrade International, Caroline served as Director of Public Affairs of Concern Worldwide, Ireland’s largest relief and development INGO, where she was responsible for a team of 60, as well as driving fundraising of over €40 million annually.

As Regional Director, she is responsible for relationship building with volunteers and Member Associations, ensuring that the entire IPPF EN is operating according to IPPF’s mission, vision and values, and fulfilling its strategic priorities. She is also part of the Senior Management Team which is composed of the Director-General, the Regional Director and the Central Office Directors.

Giselle Carino, Western Hemisphere Regional Director

Giselle Carino commands more than 15 years of outstanding leadership in sexual and reproductive rights in Latin America and the Caribbean. For the past 12 years, Carino has served in various capacities at IPPF/WHR, most recently as Deputy Regional Director. Throughout her tenure with IPPF/WHR, Giselle has led the organization’s work on violence against women, teen pregnancy, abortion rights, and social enterprise. Carino has successfully led efforts to significantly expand funding for the region and increase the number of services provided in order to meet the goals of current strategic plan. Among her many achievements, she forged a partnership with Mexico’s Ministry of Health to reduce teen pregnancy, resulting in the installation of sexual and reproductive health clinics in Mexico City schools for the first time in the city’s history. She also developed and supported a number of coalitions and organizations to advance abortion rights in Latin America, including in Chile, where IPPF/WHR’s local partners are leading the charge to decriminalize abortion.

She received her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and International Affairs at Universidad de El Salvador in Argentina, and her Masters in Public Administration from New York University. Carino is a co-founder and past coordinator of the Latin American Consortium Against Unsafe Abortion, where she serves as an Advisory Member, and is a member of the board of directors for Women's Link Worldwide, the Safe Abortion Action Fund, and Catholics for the Right to Decide/Mexico.

Sonal Mehta, South Asia Regional Director

We are very delighted to announce the recruitment of our new Regional Director, South Asia Regional Office (SARO).

Sonal Mehta joins us from India HIV/AIDS Alliance where she is currently the Chief Executive Officer. She holds an MSC in International Executive management, and a Masters in Social Work. Sonal’s past career experience includes working for DFID, UNDP, the Government of India, CHETNA (NGO working for women and children) and the Pacific Institute of Women’s Health.

Sonal has vast experience in SRHR and along with this brings to IPPF significant leadership, advocacy and programme delivery expertise. As Chief Executive of India HIV/AIDS Alliance Sonal has led the organisation to become the foremost HIV organisation in the country. Sonal is also member of the NGO Delegation on the Global Fund Board. Sonal’s Regional experience has been overseeing various projects in Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines and other Asia-Pacific Countries.

On a personal level Sonal’s interests include traveling and meeting people. She also likes to listen to Bollywood music and trek on mountainous terrains!