IMAP Members

Dr Ian Askew is the Director, Department of Reproductive Health and Research including UNDP-UNFPA-UNICEF-WHO-World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction at WHO. Ian Askew joined the Department of Reproductive Health and Research in January 2016 from the Population Council where he worked as Director of Reproductive Health Services and Research in Nairobi, Kenya. After joining the Population Council in 1990 as an associate in Senegal, he went on to become the Country Director for the Population Council office in Kenya in 2002 and the acting Country Director for Senegal between 2009 and 2012. During this time, Ian was closely involved in the Frontiers in Reproductive Health Operations Research Program (FRONTIERS) where he served as Associate Director from 1999 to 2006 and then as Director from 2006-2008. He has a PhD in sociology and reproductive health from the University of Exeter, and a master’s degree from York University in Canada. He has published widely and is a frequent presenter at conferences and workshops around the world.


Dr Kristina Gemzell Danielsson, MD, PhD is professor and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Karolinska Institutet, and senior consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden. She is also Honorary Clinical Professor Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Hong Kong University. Her clinical focus is in family planning and abortion including work in youth clinics. She is a member of the WHO Scientific and Technical Advisory Group, the WHO Abortion Guideline Group and Head of the Family Planning Association in Sweden. She is the current President of the European Society for Contraception and Reproductive Health, former President of FIAPAC (International association of health professionals in Contraception and abortion), member of the International Committee for contraceptive research, Population Council and of the FIGO Working Group on Prevention of unsafe abortion. She has also worked in collaboration with WHO in the development of Emergency Contraception and on developing guidelines for the clinical application of misoprostol. She was one of the founders of the European Consortium for Emergency Contraception. She has published more than 200 publications in peer review journals and several book chapters.


Dr France Anne Donnay, MD, FRCOG, FACOG, MPH is the Senior Program Officer, Maternal Health at the Global Development Program, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle WA, USA. She is also Adjunct Professor at the Tulane School of Public Health, New Orleans and is invited annually to give lectures at LSHTM, Harvard School of Public Health, ITM Antwerp and Paris MPH course. She coordinates the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s team for Cervical Cancer Screening and Treatment. She has previously worked with UNFPA in several capacities including as Representative for Pakistan, Senior Technical Advisor and Advisor for the Women’s Health Program Division. She received the FIGO Award for outstanding contribution to strengthening and updating safe motherhood policies and programs in 2003 and is an Honorary Fellow RCOG and ACOG. She is widely published.


Dr Raffaela Schiavon Ermani is currently the Country Director of Ipas Mexico, a post she has held since 2005. She is an Obstetrician/Gynaecologist and has previously worked as a specialist doctor in charge of the Biology of Reproduction Service at General Hospital of Mexico (Hospital General de México), participating in the WHO Multicentre Comparative Trials of two new monthly injectables. She also brings expertise in pediatric and adolescent gynaecology and has worked in reproductive health service delivery for adolescents in Mexico. She served as the General Assistant Director in the General Direction of Equity, Gender and Reproductive Health of the Ministry of Health and was instrumental in the inclusion of emergency contraception in the Family Planning Norm (2004) and the National Essential Drug list (2005) in Mexico. She served as the head of the Technical Secretariat of the Committee to promote the Safe Motherhood Initiative in Mexico. In 2007, in recognition of her activities on behalf of women, she received the Fifth Omecihuatl medal, awarded by the Institute for Women in Mexico City (Inmujeres). She was also awarded the title of Commendatore and the Medal of the Star of Italian Solidarity in 2009, by the President of the Italian Republic and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for her scientific and social activities.


Professor Dr Oladapo Alabi Ladipo FRCOG, OON is the President and Chief Executive Officer, Association for Reproductive and Family Health, Nigeria. He is an obstetrician/gynaecologist with significant experience and interest in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Adolescent health, HIV/ AIDS/TB/Malaria, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Community Based Distribution of Maternal and Child health Services, OVCs, Safe Motherhood Programmes and Contraceptive Technology. He currently serves on the FIGO Scientific Committee on Maternal and Child Health and on the Board of ACCORDIA's West Africa Infectious Diseases. In 2002, he was awarded the Distinguish Service Award by the Society of Gynaecologist and Obstetrician of Nigeria (SOGON). He has published 9 books and monograms and over 170 scientific articles.


Dr Michael T. Mbizvo DPhil, MPhil is Zambia Country Director for the Population Council. He previously served as professor at the College of Health Sciences, University of Zimbabwe and until his retirement in 2013, was the Director of WHO's Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) at its Geneva headquarters. RHR includes HRP, a co-sponsored UNDP/UNICEF/ UNFPA/WHO/World Bank Special Programme for Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction and works in the areas of promoting family planning, improving maternal and perinatal health, preventing unsafe abortion, controlling STIs/RTIs, sexual health, gender, reproductive rights and adolescents, and research capacity, policy and programme strengthening. He has served in various roles at WHO, including being coordinator for Technical Cooperation with countries and included coordination of the WHO Global Reproductive Health Strategy, that was adopted by the World Health Assembly, through Resolution WHA57.12; oversaw programs for turning research into practice to strengthen health systems and developed WHO strategies for strengthening research and technical capacity in low and middle income countries. He was recently elected to represent the INGO community in the Zambia CCM, which coordinates HIV/AIDS programmes. He has previously served on IMAP during his tenure as director for RHR at WHO, including chairing some meetings. He has presented, written and published widely in the global regional and national scientific communities and serves in a number of editorial boards of international journals.


Janet Meyers is the Advisor, RH in Emergencies at Save the Children USA where she provides technical backstop support for family planning and postabortion care country programs and contributes to organizational SRH guidelines and policies. She brings over 25 years of international development and humanitarian response programming in maternal health, family planning, sexual and reproductive health, and public health and expertise in program design, implementation, training, quality improvement, monitoring and evaluation, health systems support, community health and management. At the global level, she is actively involved in the Interagency Working Group for RH in Emergencies (IAWG) as a steering committee member for Save the Children and a member of several sub-working groups. Over the past few years, she was part of interagency groups that initiated and implemented a global evaluation of RH in emergencies, developed guidelines for newborn care in humanitarian settings and supported a pilot study of these guidelines with the International Medical Corps in South Sudan. She also took part in piloting refresher training modules developed by the IAWG Training Partnership in South Sudan. Janet brings a wealth of experience in providing SRH services in emergencies and humanitarian settings, MISP. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and a Master of Public Health in Community Health Sciences.


Professor Yuen Sheung Hextan Ngan MBBS, MD, FRCOG, FHKCOG, FHKAM, Cert RCOG is an obstetrician/gynaecologist with subspecialisation in gynaecological oncology and currently works as Tsao Yin-Kai Professor in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Chair Professor and Head, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Lead Clinician, Colposcopy Services, Head of Division of Gynaecological Oncology and Honorary Clinical Professor, Department of Pathology, University of Hong Kong. She is also the Chief of Service and consultant in two major hospitals in Hong Kong and the Director, Lady Helen Woo Women Diagnostic and Treatment Centre, Tsan Yuk Hospital. Professor Ngan has coordinated and organized many conferences and received accolades and awards, especially for her work in gynaecological cancer. She has served on various technical committees on gynaecological cancer, including: FIGO Committee on Gynaecological Oncology and IGCS Guidelines Committee and Adviser to WHO “Comprehensive Cervical Cancer Control: a guide for essential practice (C4-GEP)”. She has published hundreds of scholarly books, monographs and journal articles and is a reviewer for several scholarly journals.