Dr. Peter Cairo, Chairman of the Board
Dr. Cairo is a noted author, speaker, and consultant who specializes in the areas of leadership development, executive coaching, and executive team effectiveness. Dr. Cairo spent 20 years as a full-time faculty member at Columbia University, and was a co-founder of CDR International and the Oliver Wyman Executive Learning Center.
Dr. Cairo co-authored several books, including The Unfinished Leader: Balancing Contradictory Answers to Unsolvable Problems (Jossey-Bass, 2014), Leading in Times of Crisis: Navigating Through Complexity, Diversity and Uncertainty to Save Your Business (Jossey-Bass, 2008) and Head, Heart & Guts: How the World’s Best Companies Develop Complete Leaders (Jossey-Bass, 2006). Dr. Cairo has recently done pro bono work in Rwanda that involved developing training support for rural health care workers, worked with the staff of the Center for Discovery that designs and develops rehabilitation programs for the severely disabled, and consulted to Community Solutions that works on solutions to the problem of homelessness. Dr. Cairo earned a BA at Harvard University and a PhD at Columbia University. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and a licensed psychologist in the state of New York.
Kristin Hetle, Board Member
Kristin Hetle has long experience working for women’s rights, most recently as part of the founding management team of UN Women, the United Nations’ dedicated agency for gender equality and women’s empowerment, where she served as Director of Strategic Partnerships since 2011, its first year of operations. Here she led corporate communications and advocacy, resource mobilization and partnerships with civil society and with the business community and other partners including sports organizations. She previously served four years as Director of Communications for the Ministry of Labour in Norway, and was for six years Chief of Communications in the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), where she spearheaded public awareness campaigns on sexual and reproductive health and rights. Prior to that, Ms. Hetle was CEO of Media Lion Inc., a company she co-founded; specializing in communication strategies and media training for public and corporate leaders. Ms. Hetle is a journalist by training, and anchored a variety of programs on current affairs and social issues in Norwegian Public Radio for almost 20 years.
Katja Iversen, Board Member
Katja Iversen is the President/CEO of Women Deliver – a leading global advocate for investment in the health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women, with a specific focus on maternal, sexual and reproductive health and rights. Iversen, an internationally recognized expert on development, advocacy, and communications, has more than 20 years of experience working in NGOs, corporates, and United Nation agencies. Previously, she held the position as Chief of Strategic Communication and Public Advocacy with UNICEF, a position she came to after almost six years of leading the team responsible for advocacy and communication on reproductive health and MDG 5 at UNFPA. She holds a master’s degree in communications, bachelor’s degree in public administration and certificates in management, conflict resolution and international development. Iversen has worked in global health for more than a decade and has an extensive network within the UN, development communities, and global media. She has counseled and trained multiple Fortune 500 executives on cross cultural management and cross cultural communication. She is a health adviser to the Clinton Global Initiative and on the CSO consultative group to the World Bank.
Dame Billie Miller, Board Member
Dame Billie Miller was Senior Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Barbados until early 2008. An attorney by profession, Dame Miller was elected Member of Parliament in 1976 and was the first woman to be named minister in Barbados. She has held a number of ministerial portfolios, including those of health and national insurance; education and culture; foreign affairs and international business; and tourism and international transport.
Dame Miller has been promoting population and gender issues in many capacities, having served as Chair of the NGO Planning Committee for the International Conference on Population and Development (Cairo, 1994) and as President of the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region. She was also President of the Board of Directors of the Inter-American Parliamentary Group on Population and Development, and Chair of the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. As such, during its 50th anniversary celebrations in 2004, the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region honoured Dame Miller for her lifelong contributions to sexual and reproductive health. In 2008, Dame Miller received the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) award for outstanding work in population and in improving the health and welfare of individuals.
Dr. Jotham Musinguzi, Board Member
Dr. Musinguzi is the Director General of Uganda's National Population Council(NPC). Dr. Musinguzi played a major role in drafting the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo in 1994, and was actively involved in negotiations on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). He also was instrumental in preparing the Maputo Plan of Action, which was adopted by the African Union in 2006 to help achieve the MDGs in Africa, and has, more recently, contributed to the success of the 2012 London Summit on Family Planning. He is the recipient of the 2013 UN Population Award in recognition of his outstanding work to promote the ICPD principle that reproductive health must be a key component of any general strategy of social and economic development. He chaired the Board of Directors of Population Services International (PSI) Uganda, and was formerly a Trustee of the Population Council of New York, as well as the Commonwealth Medical Trust of London (COMMAT).
Saundra Pelletier, Board Member
Ms. Pelletier is CEO of Evofem Inc., a privately held biotechnology company that develops innovative prescription and consumer products in the areas of contraception, feminine care, and the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases. Ms. Pelletier is also the CEO of WomanCare Global, a global non-profit focused on creating sustainable and affordable access to women’s reproductive products. As the CEO of women’s health companies, Ms. Pelletier has worked diligently to deliver sustainable solutions that can address global unmet needs in women’s healthcare.
Ms. Pelletier has over 20 years of experience as an international marketing expert in addition to being a published author, keynote speaker and executive coach. She served as Vice President of Pharmaceuticals for Women First HealthCare, where she was accountable for Sales, Marketing, Operations, Medical Affairs, Regulatory Affairs, Manufacturing, Customer Service, Business Development and Strategic Partnerships. Prior to Women First HealthCare, Ms. Pelletier served as International Franchise Leader for Searle Pharmaceutical, where she assessed country infrastructure, developed commercialization plans and hired full scale teams to support company initiatives. She also managed worldwide partnerships, including contract sales forces in the United States, Canada and Japan.
Jill Sheffield, Board Member, Founder, and President Emeritus
Ms. Sheffield is the founder of Women Deliver (2009) and Family Care International (1987). Ms. Sheffield completed advanced degrees at Columbia University, Teachers College, where she was later recognized as a distinguished alumna for her international work in women's health and education. She received the American Public Health Association's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008, the PSI Impact Award in 2013 and Women’s E-News 21 Leaders for the 21st Century in 2014. She was Director of International Programmes at the Carnegie Corporation and founded Family Care International in 1987 to address the high rate of maternal mortality globally. In 2009, Ms. Sheffield founded Women Deliver to advocate for health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women. Ms. Sheffield is a sought after public speaker and is known worldwide for her ability to inspire people and her vast network of individuals working in the girls’ and women’s sector. Though she has played a central role in several key world conferences and founded two distinguished advocacy non-governmental organizations, Jill Sheffield believes her true education came when she worked in the family planning/reproductive health outpatient clinic of Pumwani Maternity Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya.
Yemurai Nyoni, Board Member and Young Leader
Yemurai Nyoni is a 27 year old global activist for adolescent and youth health. He is the Founder of Dot Youth Organization, a body providing for innovative solutions to youth development challenges and mentorship for effective youth leadership. Mentioned by Huffington Post in 2014 as one of ten young leaders that will change health care as we know it, Yemurai has played key roles in shaping the global health agenda to respond to the dynamic needs of young people. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Women Deliver and has held various roles over 3 years in advising the governance and strategic direction of the Partnership for Maternal and Newborn Child Health. His diverse contributions to adolescent and youth health include as an African Youth Family Planning Ambassador for Zimbabwe under UNFPA and as a part of the Executive Committee of the African Youth and Adolescents Network on Population and Development for the last 5 years; influencing the change of decision making structures and processes in favor of young people in Africa. In Zimbabwe, Yemurai has effectively taken on child marriage and age of testing laws, as well as policies on comprehensive sexuality education through concerted advocacy work. He also led and helped build a countrywide network of over 1200 youth health advocates, taking decision makers to account in delivering youth friendly health services, before going on to found the Zimbabwe Independent Youth Advisory Panel. He is a versatile social entrepreneur, a global voice for good, and an active mentor of emerging young leaders in the health response. Yemurai is currently completing a BA in Development Studies and International Relations and is an associate researcher for Participedia, a groundbreaking platform collecting evidence of global innovations in democratic practice.