Dr. Peter Cairo, Board Member
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 Treasurer
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.
Dr. Jotham Musinguzi, Board Secretary
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).
Vivian Onano, Board Member
Vivian is a Community & Partnership Consultant with Africa 2.0 Foundation, Youth Advisor to the UN Women Global Civil Society Advisory Group, and Global Youth Advocate for the Mara Mentor Program. Vivian has a deep interest in re-defining Africa's growth and development. She has held various leadership positions, including serving as a Congressional District Leader for the ONE Campaign in Wisconsin, a campus advocate for the United Nations Association-USA, a Half the Sky Movement community ambassador, and a United Nations Youth Representative. Vivian is the Education Spokesperson for Moremi Africa, a Global Youth Ambassador for A World At School, and a 2014 Fellow with the Nantucket Project. She has presented at the United Nations General Assembly, the Nexus Global Youth Summit, and the Clinton Global Initiative. As a blogger for the Huffington Post, she writes about holistic and innovative approaches to solving community problems. Vivian graduated from Carthage College. She was recognized as one the 25 emerging women leaders with the courage to lead change on the African continent. Vivian has a dream to help create an inclusive world for everyone.
Saundra Pelletier, Chair of the Board
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.
Cecilia García Ruiz, Board Member
Cecilia García is a human rights advocate with 10 years of professional experience. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Gender. As a founding member and former Gender Program Director of Espolea, a Mexican youth organization, Cecilia has participated in different initiatives to promote the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people, to foster women’s empowerment and meaningful political participation, and to prevent gender-based violence through education and policy recommendations.
In May 2013, she received the Impact Award 2013 for her exceptional leadership and determination in the field of girls and women’s health, granted by the Impact Magazine and Population Services International. She is a Women Deliver’s Young Leaders Program alumna and has served as social advisor for the Mexican National Institute of Women. In December 2014, she joined the Board of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health where she participates as the Acting Chair of the recently approved, Adolescent and Youth Constituency.