IPPF Governing Council appoints six external advisers

Last year, IPPF’s Governing Council adopted reforms to ensure IPPF is set up to be run as efficiently and effectively as possible. The reforms are aimed at making decision-making quicker, guaranteeing the quality of board members and gaining the best possible external expertise to support IPPF’s work.

When a new Governing Council is formed in November 2017, it will have 18 rather than 24 members elected by the six Regional Councils. Also, as from November 2017, the Governing Council will have six external advisers who are renowned experts in specific fields. After a public nomination process, we are pleased to announce the following six advisers have now been elected by the Governing Council for a three-year term:

Dr. Lionel Briozzo

Lionel Briozzo is the former president of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean and currently Head Professor of the three Chairs of Gynaecology and Obstetrics in Uruguay.

A gynaecologist and obstetrician by training, Lionel has been professionally involved in clinical practice and health programs in connection with women's and children's health for over 20 years. In his capacity as Vice-Minister of Public Health during President Mujica's administration he developed and executed the Sexual and Reproductive Rights Act, the Assisted Human Reproduction Act, the Medical Residences Act, among others, all of which contribute to the reduction of maternal and child mortality.

Lionel has been a constant advocate for sexual and reproductive rights for women and all people. A key achievement in this area was his contribution to the fight for sexual and reproductive rights for women who underwent unwanted pregnancies, allowing for the implementation of a risk and harm reduction model, first based on professional commitment and later on favoring a context that would enable the decriminalization of abortion.

Ms. Akiko Nakajo

Akiko Nakajo has 28 years of experience in the business sector and is currently Director and Regional Head of APAC Partner Plex with Google Japan. She has extensive knowledge and experience from working with multinational companies and Japanese companies, with particular expertise in designing innovative organizational culture to lead growth.

Akiko was an Advisory Board member of the World Assembly for Women (WAW), which was hosted by the Prime Minister of Japan, and provided advice and supported the assembly’s marketing and communication strategy. The 3rd WAW 2016 was the first Japan-hosted international conference for women which had sexual and reproductive health and rights as one of the themes of the high-level roundtables.

Akiko started her career in the broadcasting business in Tokyo, launching Japan’s first 24-hour business news station when she was head of the Asia Pacific Bloomberg Television. She has co-authored with Dr. Richard H.K. Vietor of Harvard Business School the book The Class Moves the World: How Business Elites Decipher the World Economy (2010).

Lord Jonathan Oates

Lord Jonathan Oates has 25 years’ experience as a communications adviser in the private and public sectors as well as in political organizations. His previous roles include, Director of Election Communications for the UK Liberal Democrats for the 2010 General Election, Deputy Director of Communications in No. 10 Downing Street, and a senior communications adviser to the South African Parliament, following the election of the first democratic parliament in 1994.

As Chief of Staff to the Deputy Prime Minister in the UK Government 2010-2015, Jonathan was responsible for advising the Deputy Prime Minister on all aspects of national security and international relations policy, with particular emphasis on international development and Africa. 

In October 2015 Jonathan was made a member of the House of Lords where he is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Data Analytics, and of the Sub-Committee on European Union Justice.

Ms. Tracy Robinson

Tracy Robinson is a leading expert on gender and rights in the Caribbean, and a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Law of the University of the West Indies.

Tracy was a member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights between (IACHR) 2012 and 2015 where she served as its Rapporteur for the Rights of Women and the Rapporteur for the Rights of LGBTI Persons.

Tracy is a cofounder of the Faculty of Law University of West Indies Rights Advocacy Project (U-RAP) that has led strategic litigation in the Anglophone Caribbean on criminalisation of LGBT persons.

Tracy has authored many papers and reports on gender and sexual rights and is a respected expert on gender and human rights in the Caribbean, providing judicial training in Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, and Trinidad and Tobago. She has also been a lead researcher on projects related to child support, sexual harassment, sex work and family law in the Anglophone Caribbean.

Ms. Jill Sheffield

Jill Sheffield is a global educator and advocate who has worked to promote women’s health and rights around the world for more than three decades. Jill is the founder and President of Women Deliver, an international advocacy organization that convenes leaders to galvanise action on maternal health and women’s empowerment.

In 1987, Jill co-founded Family Care International (FCI), a non-profit global organization committed to improving maternal health of women in the world’s poorest nations. Jill went on to serve as FCI’s President for the next 20 years and played a leading role in the Safe Motherhood Initiative which helped guide global efforts to improve maternal health. FCI received the 2008 United Nations Population Award for outstanding work in sexual and reproductive rights.

Jill has held board and advisory positions for IPPF Western Hemisphere Region, Population Communications International, Global Fund for Women, and the Center for Health and Social Policy. Most recently, Jill was one of the few civil society representatives to serve as a Commissioner to support the efforts of the UN Secretary General’s Global strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health.

Jill currently serves as Chair of the FIGO Working Group on Contraception and is a member of the PPFA Global Board and the Board of Pangaea Global AIDs.

Dr Sharman Stone

Dr Sharman Stone was a Member of Australia’s Federal Parliament from 1996 to 2016. She has been dedicated to the rights of women of girls throughout her career and in January 2017 was appointed to the position of Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls.

Sharman has held a number of roles with a global focus on the status and rights of women and girls including: Chair of the Women's Committee of the Asia Pacific Parliamentarians for Population and Development to advance the cause for women's empowerment; Deputy Chair of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Group for Population and Development which involved a specialised responsibility to oversee the Pacific Women's agenda; and the Australian Representative at the Parliamentarian's Conference, "She Matters", which advocated for the self-determination in respect to women and girls’ health and day-to-day lives.

Sharman has also worked tirelessly to improve the status of women in Australia, helping to overturn the ban on medical abortion; petitioning for a generous paid-parental leave scheme, and calling for a quota system to be introduced to the Liberal Party to move the party towards a more gender equitable position.