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Tuesday, 26 January
13:20 to 14:20 in Singaraja Hall 1

Making the SDGs Matter Most for Girls and Women 
Katja Iversen, CEO, Women Deliver
Table 20

Katja Iversen is the CEO of Women Deliver, which from 16 to 19 May 2016 will be hosting the world’s largest conference on the health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women in more than a decade. The focus of the Women Deliver 2016 Conference will be on how to implement the new Global Goals so they matter for girls and women, with a specific focus on solutions and impact; some say it will be the event of 2016 in the RMNCAH field. Iversen is an internationally recognized expert on development, advocacy, and communications, and a thought leader. She is a health, gender, and program adviser to the Clinton Global Initiative and serves on the CSO consultative group to the World Bank. Before joining Women Deliver in early 2014, 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 public advocacy and communication on reproductive health and MDG 5 at UNFPA. Before that she had a career in NGOs, including Sex & Samfund and the Danish Family Planning Association; ran her own strategic communications company; and worked as a trainer for multiple Fortune 500 executives in cross-cultural management. She holds a master’s degree in communications, a 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 and development communities and global media. When she is not working, she is renovating a ruin in Italy or tending her Harlem roof garden.

The Importance of Strategic Vision and Strategic Planning at an Organizational Level 
Susan Krenn, Executive Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs
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Ms. Krenn has over 25 years of experience developing, implementing and managing strategic health communication programs for family planning, malaria, HIV/AIDS, and other public health issues. Prior to assuming the role of Director at the Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs in 2009, Susan was Director of CCP’s Program Unit and Regional Director for CCP’s Africa Division. She has worked professionally in 14 African countries, Central America and the Caribbean, and Asia, including a three-year field position in Nigeria.

The Path to Universal Health Coverage
Karl Hofmann, President and CEO, Population Services International
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Karl Hofmann is the President and CEO of Population Services International (PSI). PSI uses business practices to tackle many of the developing world’s most difficult health challenges. In 2014 alone, PSI provided over 53 million years that would have been lost to death or disability (DALYs), provided almost 20 million years of contraceptive protection to couples (CYPs), and prevented over 4.3 million unintended pregnancies, over 260 thousand deaths from HIV, and over 460 thousand deaths from malaria. Prior to PSI, Hofmann was an American diplomat, serving as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Togo, Executive Secretary of the Department of State, and Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in France. Hofmann is a director of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, an American Academy of Diplomacy member, and President of the TB Alliance’s Stakeholder Association.

The Public Health Challenges of Tomorrow, Solutions for Today 
Jeffrey Michael Smith, Vice President for Technical Leadership, Jhpiego
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Dr. Jeffrey Smith is an obstetrician/gynecologist and public health practitioner with 25 years of clinical and public health experience in developing countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. He works for Jhpiego as the Vice President for Technical Leadership based in Baltimore and until recently was the Maternal Health Team Leader at the USAID-supported Maternal and Child Survival Program in Washington, D.C. He is also Assistant Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and of International Health in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In addition to his technical management positions within Jhpiego, he spent 10 years in Asia leading maternal and reproductive health programs in Nepal, Afghanistan, and Thailand.

Lessons Learnt from USAID-DFID NGO Health Service Delivery Project (NHSDP) 
Halida Hanum Akhter, Chief of Party and Country Representative, USAID/DFID NGO Health Service Delivery Project, Pathfinder International
Table 24

Dr. Halida Akhter received her master’s degree and doctorate in public health from Johns Hopkins University and is a reproductive health epidemiologist with over 40 years of national and international work experience in reproductive health issues. Dr. Halida has made significant contributions to the field of reproductive health through her efforts in scientific research as well as her leadership roles in reproductive health institutions. Dr. Akhter’s work has been recognized in many international fora, and she has received several honors and awards, including the United Nations Population Award (Laureate in the Individual Category, 2006). She participated closely in ICPD as the Vice Chair for ICPD II, New York for chapter VII – Reproductive health.

SRHR in the Post-2015 World: Defining Goals, Targets, and Indicators 
Ann Starrs, President and CEO, Guttmacher Institute
Table 25

Ms. Starrs is president of the Guttmacher Institute, which works to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights through an interrelated program of research, policy analysis and public education. She helped found FCI in 1986 and held various positions within the organization for more than 25 years, including serving as its president from January 2008 to July 2014. Ms. Starrs is widely recognized as a leading advocate and technical expert on reproductive, maternal, and newborn health, and has authored or co-authored numerous technical papers and commentaries on global health policy issues. She is a member of steering committees and advisory boards for a broad range of international maternal and reproductive health initiatives and served as co-chair of the Board of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health from 2005 to 2011. She is trained in development economics and demography, with a master’s degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a certificate in demography from Princeton’s Office of Population Research, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

VM picStrategies for Embedding Comprehensive Abortion Care (CAC) Interventions in the National Agenda 
Vinoj Manning, Executive Director, Ipas Development Foundation, India
Table 26

Vinoj Manning is the Executive Director of Ipas India. He heads a multi-disciplinary team of 150 staff working in 14 States delivering comprehensive abortion and contraception care to more than 125,000 women annually. Ipas India works in India providing technical assistance to the government at the national and state levels to expand women’s access to safe abortion services. Recently, Ipas India under Vinoj’s leadership has initiated a program states on preventing unwanted pregnancies by offering comprehensive contraceptive care solutions primarily through strengthening of the public health system for long-acting reversible methods. His keen area of interest is in strengthening the capacities of the health systems to provide high-quality services for women including comprehensive abortion care and comprehensive contraceptive services and improving the evidence base for provision of these. He has over two decades of extensive experience of directing programs for scalable interventions. He has a Post-Graduate Diploma in Rural Management from Institute of Rural Management Anand and an MBA Plus leadership certificate from the School of Business, Portland State University.

Expanding Choice and Empowering Women: The Critical Role of Innovative Contraceptive Technologies 
Laneta Dorflinger, Director of Contraceptive Technology Innovation, FHI 360
Table 27

Laneta Dorflinger, PhD, is a Distinguished Scientist and the Director of Contraceptive Technology Innovation at FHI 360. She has been involved in contraceptive technology development and evaluation for over 25 years and leads a number of projects in this area at FHI 360 including initiatives to develop several new long-acting contraceptive approaches. Since joining FHI 360 in 1991, Dr. Dorflinger has held a variety of leadership positions, including Vice President of Clinical Research, Vice President of Research and Development, Director of Clinical Trials, and Director of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance. Immediately prior to her current position, she directed the Preventive Technologies Agreement, a USAID-funded global program to characterize safety and effectiveness of microbicides and oral pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), expand understanding of the interface between prevention technology and behavior, and improve service delivery models for integration of family planning and HIV. Before joining FHI 360, she worked for seven years in the Office of Population at USAID, focusing on the development, introduction, and post-marketing assessments of contraceptive technology. Dr. Dorflinger received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Lafayette College and her PhD in physiology from Yale University. She did post-doctoral training at the Harvard School of Public Health. She has received several noteworthy awards, including the prestigious Science and Technology in Development award from USAID and the George Washington Kidd Award for career distinction from Lafayette College, her alma mater. She was a member of the Board of Trustees of Lafayette College for 15 years and is a current member of the Board of Directors of Cary Academy, a private college preparatory school. Dr. Dorflinger has authored or coauthored numerous articles on contraceptive technology and microbicides.

What does Improved Transparency and Accountability for Family Planning Look Like in Practice?
Barbara Seligman, Vice President, International Programs, Population Reference Bureau/
Table 28

Barbara Seligman is vice president of international programs at Population Reference Bureau (PRB). She is a technical leader and senior manager with a record of accomplishment in visioning and strategy, mentoring, external relations, and in building practice areas in reproductive health and health policy, health governance, and youth. Ms. Seligman’s experience is a unique combination of technical and programmatic expertise that integrates policy development, evaluation and learning, and gender into programming across development sectors, including health, governance, and the environment. Ms. Seligman has served in senior leadership and advisory roles with nonprofit and for-profit development consulting firms, foundations, think tanks, and the U.S. government. She devoted the first 20 years of her career—including eight years in USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health—exclusively to reproductive health. She is a native English speaker proficient in French and German. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree in anthropology and public policy from the University of Chicago.

Gaye 2011_webThe Role of Health Workers in Catalyzing RH / FP Impact
Pape Gaye, President and CEO, IntraHealth International
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For over three decades, Pape Amadou Gaye has advocated for, built, and leveraged strong partnerships with governments, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector to catalyze change and enable health workers to better serve communities in need. A native of Senegal, Gaye began his career in international development as a trainer of Peace Corps volunteers in Senegal and Benin. As the director of IntraHealth International’s regional office for West, Central, and North Africa, Gaye focused on improving the performance of health workers and health systems to more effectively serve clients and communities with quality care. Now as the President and CEO of IntraHealth, Gaye continues to pursue his lifelong commitment by collaborating with leaders in developing countries to encourage sustainable development in vulnerable communities. He also continues to advocate for family planning, especially in his native West Africa, as a high-impact solution to address health and population challenges.

Under Gaye’s leadership, IntraHealth has garnered a strong reputation as an organization that fosters local solutions to health care challenges by improving health worker performance, strengthening health systems, harnessing technology, and leveraging partnerships. As an expert on the global health worker crisis, family planning and human capacity building, Gaye speaks and writes extensively on these subjects. He holds an MBA from the University of California at Los Angeles and has also previously worked for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Committee and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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What does it take to be an effective, engaging and inspiring leader?
Jonathan D. Quick, President and CEO of Management Sciences for Health (MSH)
Table 30

Jonathan D. Quick, MD, MPH is President and CEO of Management Sciences for Health (MSH). He is a family physician and health management specialist and has worked in international health since 1978. He has worked in over 50 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Dr. Quick’s prior roles include Director of Essential Drugs and Medicines Policy at the World Health Organization, founding Director of MSH’s drug management program/center for pharmaceutical management, and advisor for MSH projects in Afghanistan and Kenya.

Dr. Quick is senior editor of Managing Drug Supply and co-author of the Financial Times Guide to Executive Health. He is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School Department of Global Health and Social Medicine and Boston University School of Public Health, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Wednesday, 27 January
13:20 to 14:20 in Singaraja Hall 1

Building your Career in Family Planning and Health — Balancing Listening and Action 
Nancy Pendarvis Harris, Vice President, John Snow, Inc. (JSI)
Table 20

Nancy has been a thought leader in international family planning for over 30 years. She has managed large scale, multi-country programs and national integrated MNCH/FP programs in Madagascar and Georgia, plus long assignments in Nigeria, Tanzania and elsewhere. She to joining JSI (27 years ago), she spent a decade as Planned Parenthood’s Africa Director based in Kenya. She is known for being outspoken and innovative, pioneering public-private partnerships, community-based FP, population-environment and other innovations.

purnima 2Keeping the SRHR Linkage with the SDGs 
Purnima Mane, President and CEO, Pathfinder International
Table 21

Ms. Purnima Mane is President and CEO of Pathfinder International, an international NGO working in the developing world on reproductive and sexual health programs. Prior to her current role, she was Deputy Executive Director (Programme) of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and UN Assistant-Secretary-General (ASG). Ms. Mane has devoted her career to advocating for population and development issues and working on sexual and reproductive health, especially the linkages between gender and AIDS. Prior to joining UNFPA, she served in senior-level positions in several international organizations such as UNAIDS, World Health Organization, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and the Population Council. Before launching into an international career, Ms. Mane worked for over a decade in India on public health and gender-related issues, while serving as Associate Professor at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. Ms. Mane holds a doctoral degree from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai, India, in women’s studies. She has co-authored several papers and co-edited a number of books, and is a founding editor of the journal Culture, Health, and Sexuality. Ms. Mane is a board member of InterAction, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, and the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, as well as a member of the Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum on the Demographic Dividend.

What’s on Your Mind? Or, The Main Institutional Obstacles Facing Family Planning Organizations Today 
Christopher Purdy, CEO, DKT International
Table 22

Chris Purdy is the CEO of DKT International. Prior to that, he managed DKT country programs in Ethiopia, Indonesia, and Turkey.




The Trajectory of Success: Perspectives on Reproductive Health from National to Global and Personal to Presidential  
Dr. Yetnayet Asfaw, Vice President of Strategy & Impact, EngenderHealth
Table 23

Dr. Yetnayet Demessie Asfaw is the Vice President, Strategy & Impact at EngenderHealth. Dr. Asfaw is a physician and public health professional with more than 15 years of global reproductive health experience in her native country of Ethiopia. Until recently, Dr. Asfaw was EngenderHealth’s Ethiopia Country Director, where she oversaw highly successful programs in the country. In previous positions, Dr. Asfaw led and managed diverse health and development programs, major health projects funded by USAID and private donors. Previously, Dr. Asfaw served as a consultant and advisor to the government of Ethiopia, World Bank, World Health Organization, and the United Nations Children’s Fund in Ethiopia. Dr. Asfaw earned her medical degree and master of public health degree from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia.

Lotte en LambertYouth Leadership: How Two Ambassadors for SRHR can Enhance SRHR for Adolescents
Lambert Grijns, Ambassador for Sexual and Reproductive Health, Netherlands
Lotte Dijkstra, Rights & Youth Ambassador for Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights
Table 24

Having lived most of his childhood in Indonesia, Lambert Grijns went to University in Amsterdam. He earned his MA in Spatial Planning (Urban Planning, City Management) and holds a BA in Human Geography (Development Studies). After graduation he spent 4 years at Delft University of Technology and UNESCO-IHE conducting research on Transboundary River Basin Management. He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1992, and served abroad at Netherlands Embassies in Vietnam, Rwanda, and Costa Rica. Between 2008 and 2011 he served as Dutch Ambassador to Nicaragua. While posted in The Hague he held various positions, including in the South-East Asia and Financial Management Department. After returning from Nicaragua in 2011, he served as an Inspector, until taking up his current position as special Ambassador for SRHR, including HIV-AIDS, in 2012.

Lotte Dijkstra, a medical student, was selected to become the first-ever Youth Ambassador for SRHR. This is an initiative of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch organization CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality. In 2015 the Youth Ambassador will represent the voice of youth and adolescents in (inter)national policy and decision-making for better sexual and reproductive health and rights worldwide. Lotte wants to focus particularly on gender-based violence and on comprehensive sexuality education.

Lotte and Lambert team up regularly, participating actively in the UN-CPD, PCB of UNAIDS, and side events during the Human Rights Council session—but also closer to home, e.g. opening a photo exhibition in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague.

The Status of FP Expenditures Tracking 
Rudolph Chandler, Sr Economist at Avenir Health
Table 25

Rudolph Chandler has had over 25 years of experience in delivering quality data for evidence-based advocacy, policy, and planning in health financing and costing, with specific expertise in: immunization, HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, family planning, maternal and child health, and reproductive health as well as health systems strengthening. Other specializations include costing of health interventions and programs; cost-benefit analyses; assistance in preparation of funding proposals and final negotiations with global financing mechanisms; identifying and quantifying costs reduction and efficiency gains in health programs; health expenditure tracking; health accounts; medium-term expenditure frameworks, scenarios, and policy options for financial sustainability and resource allocation.

Improving Family Planning Outcomes through Youth-Led Advocacy 
Emily Teitsworth, Deputy Director, Rise Up
Table 26

Emily Teitsworth is the Deputy Director of Rise Up, a global health advocacy organization that has impacted the health and rights of over 7 million young people since 2009. With more than a decade of international development experience, Emily has helped Rise Up’s programs (including Let Girls Lead and Champions for Change) grow into internationally recognized models for girl-centered advocacy, and has presented her work at fora including the Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference, the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, and the Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights. Her writing and commentary have been featured by a diverse cross-section of media outlets, including The Guardian and The Huffington Post. Emily also works as a design and marketing advisor for several social enterprise start-ups in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a published poet and an active advocate for Lyme disease research and treatment. Emily holds a master’s degree in Sustainable International Development from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, and graduated magna cum laude from Wesleyan University with a degree in Philosophy and Psychology.

Local Resources for Local Solutions 
Saadia Quraishy, CEO, Aman Health Care Service
Table 27

With over 30 years of clinical experience in medicine and specialization in psychiatry in Pakistan and the UK, Dr. Saadia Quraishy has been on the Board of AMAN Health since 2012 and joined AMAN Foundation last year starting its mental health initiative: MASHAL. She is also the chairperson of an international partner organization in mental health, BASIC NEEDS (BN), working in collaboration and funded jointly by British Asian Trust and AMAN Foundation. MASHAL has helped BN in its expansion into AMAN Community health program areas. In April 2014 she introduced Mental Health First Aid to Pakistan in collaboration with MHFA Australia, which is present in 23 countries in the world and for which she procured a franchise for Pakistan to promote mental health awareness. She also led the founding of a mental health alliance for the first time in Karachi of over 20 organizations working in mental health called Mental Health Forum. Earlier this year she took on the role of the CEO of AMAN Health Care Services, taking care of its several businesses, and has been involved in its reconfiguration and optimization. Dr. Quraishy is a graduate of Dow Medical College Karachi and has been educated and worked in premier institutions in Karachi as well as in the UK including 17 years at Guy’s and St Thomas, Ealing, and Charing Cross hospitals in London. She has been trained in medical management at the Kings Fund in London Evidence, based medicine and research at Merton College Oxford, and has been a tutor and lecturer for psychiatry, medical ethics, and problem-based learning to undergraduate medical students at Imperial College. Between 2006 and 2013 she led a multidisciplinary hospital and several community-based psychiatric teams as a consultant in West London prior to returning to Pakistan.