The International Planned Parenthood Federation has elected a new President to leads its Governing Council. Rana Abu Ghazaleh was elected at the Council’s biannual meeting in London. She will lead the Federation’s policy-making body for the next three years.
Rana Abu Ghazaleh has been involved as a volunteer with IPPF’s Arab World Region and the Palestinian Family Planning and Protection Association, an IPPF member, for more than 15 years. She has represented her Region on IPPF’s Governing Council as its youth representative and has served in several leadership roles as an elected volunteer on advancing sexual and reproductive health and rights in Palestine and the Arab World Region.
A Fulbright Scholar, she holds a MSc in Urban Planning from the State University of New York at Buffalo, specialising in community and international/economic development and a BSc in Architectural Engineering from Birzeit University, West Bank. She succeeds Professor Naomi Seboni, who has been IPPF President for two consecutive terms since 2011, the first female President from IPPF’s Africa Region.
Paying tribute to her predecessor, Rana Abu Ghazaleh said: “I would like to thank Naomi for all the work she has put in during her two terms as IPPF President. In recognising the legacy of all the IPPF Presidents who have led this Federation, I look forward to following in their footsteps and building on their wonderful work.” Naomi Seboni said: “I have been lucky enough to serve this great Federation as President for two terms. I wish Rana the greatest of success in her new role. I will continue to support her and IPPF in every way possible.”
IPPF’s Governing Council also elected John Tangi as IPPF’s new Honorary Treasurer, to work with the Director General’s Leadership Team in helping to deliver IPPF’s financial strategy across the Federation.
Mr Tangi is currently President of the Cook Islands Family Welfare Association and a member of the Region Council of IPPF’s East and South East Asia and Oceania Region. He succeeds Sujatha Natarajan, who has been IPPF Treasurer since 2011. Mr Tangi said: “I am honoured to be elected to this position of Honorary Treasurer. No one person can succeed except through teamwork, and I will work alongside my colleagues across IPPF to the best of my ability.” Sujatha Natarajan said: “It has been a pleasure to serve as IPPF’s Honorary Treasurer for two terms. I am very happy to offer my support in any way possible to my successor John, whom I am sure will do an excellent job on behalf of the whole Federation."