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.

Lucien Kouakou, Africa Regional Director

Appointed to the position of Africa Regional Director at the end of 2011, Lucien has extensive experience of sexual and reproductive health and rights issues and practice in Africa, grounded in 20 years’ work with IPPF. Before joining the Africa Regional Office in 2008, he was Regional Director of the Côte d’Ivoire Member Association.

Lucien’s professional background includes study as a development economist with particular emphasis on health programmes and health facility management. His training and interest in organization management, and quality management, has been of immense benefit to many Member Associations in the Africa Region.

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.

Nora Murat, East and South East Asia and Oceania Regional Director

Nora Murat joined IPPF in 2012. She has considerable experience in the NGO field, both in Malaysia and internationally – in particular on issues related to women and human rights. Prior to IPPF she was Executive Director with Amnesty International Malaysia. Earlier professional life included working in Afghanistan for the Women and Children Research Foundation, the Asia Foundation and with Sisters in Islam in Kuala Lumpur as a leading advocate on women’s rights and fundamental liberties.

Nora’s commitment to sexual and reproductive health and rights is supported by her academic background including a law degree, diploma in Sharia Laws and Legal Practice from the International Islamic University and a Masters in Religion and Public Life.

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.

Varun Anand, Acting South Asia Regional Director

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 ngo’s 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.