NGO Advisory Panel Members


Ms. Suzana Cavenaghi is a professor and researcher at the National School of Statistics (ENCE) in the Brazilian Bureau of Census (IBGE) and the author of extensive scientific publications. She works on different projects in the field of demography and more specifically in reproductive health, fertility, public policy evaluation, and data analysis. Ms. Cavenaghi has contributed to many organizations, including UNFPA, the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the University of Minnesota, and the Brazilian Population Association. In 1999 Suzana Cavenaghi obtained Ph.D. in the field of sociology and demography at the University of Texas at Austin. At the moment Ms. Cavanaghi works on a project which uses a new methodology for creating a better estimate of housing demand in Brazil.

ALAP (Latin American Population Association) is a scientific organization that brings together researchers, students and other professionals in the population field from over twenty countries in Latin America. ALAP is a forum for the consolidation and dissemination of demographic knowledge, providing a critical space for the discussion and debate of different analytical perspectives, as well as of national and regional perspectives on various current population issues. ALAP facilitates research by organizing networks comprised of researchers who are, for the most part, regular members of the association. Each network involves researchers from at least three Latin American countries.


Mr. Ivica Cekovski is a 24 year old medical student from Macedonia, who recognized the need of educating his peers about HIV 9 years ago. Since then, he has been promoting peer education as an effective way for behavior change in the field of SRH, believing that raising public awareness can also occur through youth initiatives characterized as modern, innovative and creative. In the scope of his work, Mr. Cekovski has been involved in youth movements at several levels, advocating for young peoples’ indispensable role in decision making processes.

At the moment he is one of the International Coordinators of Y-PEER - The Youth Peer Education Network, working with PETRI - Peer Education Training and Research Institute, Sofia.

Y-PEER, the Youth Peer Education Network, is a groundbreaking and comprehensive youth-to-youth initiative pioneered by UNFPA. Y-PEER is a network of more than 500 non-profit organizations and governmental institutions; its membership includes thousands of young people who work in the many areas surrounding adolescent sexual and reproductive health. The network, which is constantly expanding, consists of youth from Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, North and East Africa, and is newly established in Asia Pacific.


Dr. Hany El Banna is the co-founder of Islamic Relief. He was awarded with the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 2004. He also received the Ibn Khaldun Award for Excellence in Promoting Understanding between Global Cultures and Faiths (UK). That same year, the Egyptian Medical Syndicate awarded him for his services to humanity and medicine. In 2005 he received the Kashmiri and Pakistani Professional Association Award and in 2006 he was awarded the Asian Jewel Lifetime Achievement Award. The University of Birmingham awarded Dr. Hany El Banna with an honorary doctorate. Dr. Hany El Banna is a member of the Three Faiths Forum (UK). He was also selected to be a member in West-Islamic World Dialogue Council of 100 Leaders group which is a part of the World Economic Forum.
Born in Egypt, Dr El Banna completed his MBBCH Medicine at Al Azhar University, Cairo, where he also obtained a Diploma in Islamic Studies in 1976. Dr Hany El Banna was awarded the Hamilton Bailey Prize in Medicine at City hospital Birmingham UK in 1981, and completed a Doctorate of Medicine (MD) in foetal pathology from the University of Birmingham Medical School in 1991.

Humanitarian Forum is a network of key humanitarian and development organizations from Muslim donor and recipient countries, the West and the multilateral system. They improve the lives of those in need, and relations between communities, through bridge building and quality humanitarian action both internationally and locally in a global network of peers. They also want to foster a conducive, unbiased and safe environment to empower these organizations to work to their full potential.


Mr. Ishmael Selassie Fianu is young professional in the field of communications. He graduated from the Africa Institute of Journalism and Communications in 2006. For last ten years he worked with numerous African and Global NGOs and UN entities to provide better living opportunities to African youth. Mr. Fianu is a naturally inspired and motivational leader, passionate about the development of young people. He is a mentor and a role model for several young people, believes in communication as a tool for development and appreciates the essence and respect for human rights.

Mr. Fianu has for the past twelve years, been involved in Sexual and Reproductive Health initiatives, programmes, advocacy and activities and through contributed to global, regional and local efforts to inform and provide young people with information, skills and sexual and reproductive health services. During this period Mr. Fianu has gained vast experience in Advocacy, Project Management, Youth and Social Work, Community Mobilisation, Speaking/Communications Skill, Training and Facilitation Skills.

Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG) was the first organization to tackle population issues in Ghana.

Established in 1967, it is now the country’s main provider of family planning and comprehensive sexual and reproductive health(SRH) services. In their clinics and outreach visits, they provide services to their target group of youth, men and women with the following services. The outreach programme is run by the staff, peer educators, and non-traditional distributors, who conduct behaviour change communications, encourage male involvement in SRH, distribute contraceptives and offer some aspects of clinical services. They are an efficient contractor of SRH services for government departments and other NGOs, whose staff PPAG trains on facility management and provision of services at the community level.


Ms. Nirvana Gonzalez Rosa has been promoting women health and rights issues for more than 30 years. She has often worked as a consultant on issues related to domestic and sexual violence for support groups and legal offices
Ms. Gonzales Rosa has also been a community organizer addressing issues such as HIV/AIDS and sexuality. She holds a degree in Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico and is an honorary member of several organizations, whose work ranges from women´s health, gender equity in health, emergency contraception, reproductive health supplies to HIV/AIDS. She has published several papers and received various awards for her work.

Latin American And Caribbean Women's Health Network links organizations and individuals involved in the women’s health movement and other social movements to promote and defend the right to universal access to comprehensive health, the full exercise of human rights – especially sexual and reproductive rights – and women’s citizenship from a feminist and intercultural perspective.


Dr. Gill Greer is an experienced and committed sexual and reproductive health professional with a background in education, advocacy and development. Director-General of IPPF since 2006, she was formerly the Executive Director of the New Zealand Family Planning Association, an IPPF Member Association, working at home and in the Asia Pacific Region.

Dr. Greer was a member of the New Zealand government delegation to the United Nations and was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to family planning. In 2009 she chaired the Global Partners in Action NGO Forum in Berlin, and co-chaired the 5th Asian Pacific Conference on Reproductive Health and Rights. She is strongly committed to ensuring that women and young people are a development priority, and that the role of civil society is recognized and strengthened across the globe.

As the strongest global voice for sexual and reproductive health and rights, IPPF’s network of national Member Associations works to provide vital, often life saving, services to some of the poorest and most marginalized people in more than 170 countries. IPPF sometimes carries out this work in the face of powerful opposition to sexual and reproductive health and rights and, more generally, women’s rights.

International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) is a global service provider and a leading advocate of sexual and reproductive health and rights for all that works in 170 countries. Approximately 36 million visits a year are made to over 58,000 IPPF facilities worldwide.


Mr. Shiv Khare, an Indian national, is the Executive Director of the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD). Since 1993, he has been the main organizer of the UNFPA sponsored international parliamentarians conferences on population and development in Cairo, Copenhagen, Geneva, Tokyo and Bangkok.

He has also been responsible for the development of AFPPD in last 14 years and during this time adopted many innovative approaches such as establishing Parliamentary Standing Committees on Population and Health/Social Affairs with National Parliamentarians Committees members, person to person advocacy, and Afro-Asian parlia-mentarians’ cooperation. Prior to this he was the Secretary General of World Assembly of Youth (WAY) in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he worked with young people and youth councils around the world.

The Asian Forum Of Parliamentarians On Population And Development (AFPPD) received the 2010 United Nations Population Award. It was formed in 1981 at the Asian Conference of Parliamentarians on Population and Development held in Beijing. AFPPD currently has twenty-two National Committees and has full-time office support in Australia, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam. AFPPD’s objectives are to increase awareness and promote the understanding of the interrelationship between population and development issues; to initiate, promote and support interactions and exchange programmes among the parliamentarians of Asia and outside the region, in order to encourage new and effective ideas and approaches to population and development issues; to promote other lawful acts which are appropriate, conducive or necessary to the attainment of the above objectives.


As President of CEDPA, Ms. Carol Peasley oversees an organization committed to the advancement of girls and women and to ensuring their full participation in the development process. Prior to joining CEDPA, she had a highly successful, 30-plus year career with the U.S. Agency for International Development, achieving the rank of Career Minister. She held senior positions in Washington and overseas, including as USAID Mission Director in both Malawi and the Russian Federation, and as Counselor to the Agency and Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for Africa in Washington. This included two years as Acting Assistant Administrator for Africa, a period in which she oversaw all of USAID’s work in Africa. She also had overseas assignments in Nepal, Thailand and Costa Rica. After leaving USAID, she continued her strong interest in development. Besides serving on the board of CEDPA for three years, she served on the boards of ShoreBank International (SBI) and Opportunities Industrialization Centers International (OICI), and worked as a Senior Advisor at the Financial Services Volunteer Corps. Ms. Peasley holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, an M.S. in Development Economics from Sussex University in the United Kingdom, and a M.S. in Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business (Sloan Program).

Founded in 1975, the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA) is an internationally recognized non-profit organization that improves the lives of women and girls in developing countries. Their approach is to work hand-in-hand with women leaders, local partners, and national and international organizations to give women the tools they need to improve their lives, families and communities. CEDPA's programs: increase educational opportunities for girls and youth; ensure access to lifesaving reproductive health and HIV/AIDS information and services; strengthen women’s ability to become leaders in their communities and nations.


Rev. Patricia Sawo, the leader of a church in Kitale, Kenya, lives with HIV. She specializes in gender and women’s issues and public awareness of HIV and AIDS. Rev. Sawo has over 12 years’ experience in counseling and care as a pastor, with a deep understanding of communities in East and Southern Africa. Ms. Sawo is also a member of ANERELA+ (African Network of Religious Leaders living with or personally affected by HIV and AIDS). An inspirational woman with a powerful testimony, Rev. Sawo challenges the church to overcome a culture of stigma and discrimination. She speaks passionately about the acute reality of the AIDS pandemic engulfing the church in sub-Saharan Africa – where many church leaders in Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi hold more funerals each week than regular services. She also investigates how the church is fighting back, through networks of volunteers who tackle the issues and meet critical needs. Rev. Sawo is also the Director of the Discover and Recover centre, which helps prevent many unnecessary deaths from AIDS. Initially it was a day-care centre, but has grown to include a nursery school for 28 children affected by HIV.

TearFund is an organization that acts within the belief that the local church is the answer to poverty. Inspired by the example and teaching of Jesus, they recognize that people have deeply interconnected material and spiritual needs, and seek to meet those needs by working through their local church partners. Churches are at the heart of their communities – full of dedicated, resourceful people who want to make a long-term difference. TearFund works particularly in Africa, Asia and South America – and also across Eastern Europe and the UK.


As coordinator of Amnesty International's movement-wide policy consultation on sexual and reproductive rights between 2004 and 2007 and now gender expert in the Gender, Sexuality and Identity Unit of the International Secretariat, Ms. Schlitt provides policy, methodology and strategy advice to Amnesty International’s campaigners, researchers and strategists. Her current research focuses particularly on sexual and reproductive rights and maternal mortality, including the criminalization of women in the context of pregnancy and childbirth. Prior to joining Amnesty International, Stephanie worked with human rights organizations and institutions in India, Germany and Switzerland. She holds Master degrees in philosophy and international relations from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, and in human rights from the London School of Economics and PoliticalScience.

Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognized human rights for all. Amnesty International has more than 2.8 million members and supporters in more than 150 countries and regions and the organization coordinates this support to act for justice on a wide range of issues. Amnesty International’s Demand Dignity campaign aims to end the cycle of human rights abuse deprivation, exclusion, insecurity and voicelessness that defines and perpetuates poverty. A particular focus of this campaign are the violations of women's and girls' rights to decision-making and access to health care that underlie preventable maternal death and ill-health.


Victoria Tauli-Corpus, Founder and Executive Director, Tebtebba, is an indigenous activist from the Cordillera region in the Philippines. Ms. Tauli-Corpus has founded and managed various NGOs involved in social awareness raising, climate change, the advancement of indigenous peoples' and women's rights. A member of the Kankana-ey Igorat peoples, she was the chairperson of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. She is an Expert for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and has served as the chairperson-rapporteur of the Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations. She is also the indigenous and gender adviser of the Third World Network and a member of United Nations Development Programme Civil Society Organizations Advisory Committee.

Tebtebba (Indigenous Peoples' International Centre for Policy Research and Education) is an indigenous peoples' organization born out of the need for heightened advocacy to have the rights of indigenous peoples recognized, respected and protected worldwide. Established in 1996, Tebtebba seeks to promote a better understanding of the world's indigenous peoples, their worldviews, their issues and concerns. In this effort, it strives to bring indigenous peoples together to take the lead in policy advocacy and campaigns on all issues affecting them.


In her current position as Senior Advocacy Officer for Väestöliitto the Family Federation of Finland, Ms. Hilkka Vuorenmaa is in charge of political advocacy work to promote global sexual and reproductive health and rights. She has had a long career in Väestöliitto, which is a nationwide and very well-known NGO in Finland working for the welfare of individuals and families. One of its main fields of work is sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

In her over 30 years of work Ms. Vuorenmaa has acquired an in-depth knowledge and understanding on global population issues, the ICPD Programme of Action, and sexual and reproductive health and rights including HIV, seeing them in a comprehensive development context, as an integral part of human rights and gender equality. She is knowledgeable of the international development policy framework, specifically the Finnish and European Commission development policies, their implementation and funding mechanisms. Ms. Vourenmaa also knows the UN system, having worked closely for a long time with the UNFPA and other UN organizations. She has been involved in the preparation process and attended major UN Conferences. She also tracks World Bank and global HIV and AIDS strategies and process. Ms. Vourenmaa is knowledgeable of project design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Ms. Vourenmaa serves on the UNFPA Global NGO Advisory Panel as the Chair of EuroNGOs.

EuroNGOs is a European network of non-governmental organizations that cooperate in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights, population and development. The first official meeting of the network was held in Hannover in 1996. Since then, annual meetings have provided network members with the opportunity to meet with each other, with grant-making foundations and with key international leaders who work on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Ex-officio members


Ms. Elisabet Fadul has over five years experience contributing to the area of sexual and reproductive rights and HIV/AIDS, as a youth advocate. At national and international levels, she has been at the table with diverse actors and decision-makers, speaking out for youth rights and accountability to commitments. She has represented young people in many networks and events around the world, such as in the Leadership Programme Committee of the XVII International AIDS Conference and as co-chair of the conference’s Youth Programme. In addition, she represented young people as a plenary speaker at the first plenary session of the XVII International AIDS Conference, the State of the Epidemic. Ms. Fadul also consults with UN agencies, such as the World Food Programme (WFP), and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).





Mr. Sam Worthington is President and CEO of InterAction, the United States’ largest alliance of relief and development nongovernmental organizations working overseas. Previously, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Plan USA and worked for Delphi International Group. As a Fulbright Scholar, he analyzed and evaluated United Nations international development program methodologies at the International Labor Office in Switzerland. He currently serves on the Advisory Committee for Voluntary Foreign Assistance (ACVFA) at USAID, the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) at the United Nations, the Board of The Alliance to End Hunger, and is a Trustee of Religions for Peace. Mr. Worthington has a master’s degree with distinction from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont.