IPPF announces new Director General

17th May 2011

The President of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is pleased to announce that its Governing Council has appointed Mr.Tewodros Melesse to be the next Director-General of IPPF, the world’s largest sexual and reproductive health NGO.

Mr Melesse has held the post of Regional Director of IPPF’s Africa Region since 2002, where he has been responsible for managing IPPF’s response to a broad range of health and development challenges in 44 sub-Saharan African countries.

An Ethiopian national, Mr Melesse studied economics at the Catholic University in Louvain, Belgium. He began his career in family planning and reproductive health in 1984 and worked at US-based reproductive health NGO Pathfinder International and IPPF before becoming director of IPPF’s Africa Region.

As Regional Director, Mr Melesse played a pivotal role in providing technical and management support to the African Union in the development and adoption of the Continental Sexual and Reproductive Health Policy Framework and the Maputo Plan of Action, in collaboration with UNFPA/Africa. 

A committed advocate, Mr Melesse will provide continuity in implementing IPPF’s strategic priorities and vision. He is expected to take up the appointment within the next few months following the retirement of current Director-General, Dr Gill Greer.

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