- Age: 33
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Grant Recipient
Kizanne James is passionate about increasing access to reproductive health and rights.
Kizanne was born and raised in Trinidad and Tobago. She received a Master of Science degree with distinction in Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom, studied International Community Health at the University of Oslo, Norway, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree. As a Medical Doctor for the Ministry of Health, Trinidad and Tobago, she is responsible for practicing medicine.
Since becoming a Young Leader, Kizanne is proud she launched #ThinkFamilyPlanning, a Caribbean campaign, which included nine workshops — with one for the LGBTQIA+ population — five interviews for “Family Planning Voices,” two educational videos containing recorded spoken word pieces, and two social media campaigns with a total reach of more than 34,000 people. She also was chosen for the 120 Under 40 Global Family Planning Champions, an award given to 120 people from around the globe who have made significant contributions to advocacy, programming or program implementation, research, service delivery, policy or government, or the media. Additionally, Kizanne wrote a scientific paper on the barriers to women’s career progression in academic medicine, highlighting the great disparity with men. As an advocate, she master’s degree at the University of Southampton on the Chevening Scholarship, a United Kingdom Government Scholarship for global leaders and was awarded a full scholarship to study global health at the University of Oslo.
Kizanne advocates for girls and women because “I want to see a better world for women and girls across the globe!”
In her free time, Kizanne enjoys going for long walks in the countryside, reading non-fiction, traveling, and exploring new cultures, all with her partner.