Abhina Aher* (Trustee member of the committee)
An external candidate, Abhina Aher has been Associate Director for Gender, Sexuality and Rights at the India HIV/AIDS Alliance since 2010. She has been a global activist on LGBTI issues for the last 24 years and has worked with organisations such as The Humsafar Trust (Mumbai), Family Health International (FHI), and the Johns Hopkins University Centre for Communication Programme (CCP). Amongst the skills required for the Board of Trustees, Abhina can point to knowledge of safeguarding; programme delivery experience; and peer-to-peer service delivery. She is from South Asia, currently located in India.
An MA volunteer, Petra Bayr is a Member of the Austrian Parliament. She is currently Chairperson of the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination at the Parliamentary Assembly of the European Council; Vice President of the European Parliamentarian Forum on Sexual and Reproductive Rights (EPF); Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE); and a Member of UNITE Parliamentarians Network to End HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis and Tuberculosis. Petra is also a Member of the Advisory Group on Health of the IPU (Inter Parliamentarian Union); and is a Member of the Board of Trustees of Rechtskomitee Lambda, Austria’s LGBT-rights organisation; as well as a Board Member of Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA). Petra is the Vice President of IPPF-EN. Amongst the skills required for the PSIC, Petra can point to a strong understanding of SRHR and related fields; a track record of interfacing with donors and policy makers; and experience of developing advocacy positions. She is from Western Europe, currently located in Austria.
An external candidate, Tarah Demant has been the Director of the Gender, Sexuality, and Identity Program at Amnesty International USA since 2015. She holds a PhD in English Language and Literatures from Washington University in St. Louis. Tarah was previously a Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality/English at Mills College. Amongst the skills required for the PSIC, Tarah can point to policy and strategy formulation skills; a strong understanding of SRHR and related fields; and expertise relating to evaluation. She is from North America, currently located in the USA.
An MA volunteer, Yueping Guo is currently a Graduate Student majoring in International Communications at the Graduate School of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, and will soon come to the end of the Human Rights Master Program at Peking University. Since 2015, she has been a Young National Council Member of the China Family Planning Association, as well as a Core Member of the China Youth Network. Yueping is also a Youth Representative to UNFPA in China and has been a Youth Representative for IPPF since 2019. Amongst the skills required for the PSIC, Yueping can point to a strong understanding of SRHR and related fields; expertise relating to evaluation; and experience of developing advocacy positions. She is from East Asia, currently located in China. Yueping is under 25 years old at this time and identifies as part of an under-served community.
An MA volunteer, Gurminder Singh holds a Bachelor’s in Science and a Bachelor’s in Education. For the last two and a half years, he has served as a Youth Volunteer and Youth Member of the Family Planning Association of India. He is also a Member of PWG-STEPS (Policy Working Group - Standing Towards Enhancing Policy Structures), a national advocacy group formed by THE Young People Foundation. Amongst the skills required for the PSIC, Gurminder can point to policy and strategy formulation skills; a strong understanding of SRHR and related fields; and experience of developing advocacy positions. He is from South Asia, currently located in India. Gurminder is under 25 years old at this time.
An MA volunteer, Amelia Zawangone recently worked with the World Health Organization, as a Consultant for Gender Mainstreaming within Service Availability and Readiness Assessment (SARA) of Mozambique's Health Services. Previously, she worked for the UNFPA, including as Technical Advisor for key populations, teenagers and young people; and worked as a Technical Advisor for Pathfinder International. From 2007 to 2010, Amelia was the Deputy Coordinator of the Multisectoral Sexual and Reproductive Health Program – Geração Biz at the Mozambican Association for Family Development (AMODEFA). Amelia is now a volunteer with AMODEFA. She holds a Master’s Degree in Population and Development from Eduardo Mondlane University. Amongst the skills required for the PSIC, Amelia can point to a strong understanding of SRHR and related fields expertise relating to evaluation; expertise relating to evaluation; and a track record of interfacing with donors and policy makers. She is from Southern Africa, specifically Mozambique, and is currently located in the USA.
Dana Hovig (Chair Donor Advisory Group)
Program Director of Global Development and Population at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. He has previously worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and has been CEO of Marie Stopes International (MSI).
Michael Mbizvo (Chair IMAP)
Director of the Population Council’s office in Zambia and senior associate in the Reproductive Health program. He is also a professor in reproductive health and has served as director of WHO’s Department of Reproductive Health and Research.