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International Sexual and Reproductive Health Experts Join Population Council Board of Trustees

NEW YORK (16 March 2016) — The Population Council announces the appointment of two new board members: Dr. Jeffrey M. Spieler, an internationally recognized reproductive health expert with over four decades of experience in the field, and Kaye Wellings, Professor of Sexual and Reproductive Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jeff and Kaye to our board of trustees,” said Julia Bunting, president of the Population Council. “They share our commitment to providing solutions that empower the world’s most vulnerable people, bringing with them impressive experience and great insights in global sexual and reproductive health. The Council is proud to have them on our board and we look forward to their valuable contributions.”

Dr. Spieler has extensive experience working in reproductive health for developing countries. Before retiring, he worked at the Office of Population and Reproductive Health, Bureau for Global Health, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for over thirty years. Prior to USAID, Dr. Spieler spent 11 years as a scientist at the WHO Human Reproduction Program. Today he serves as a member of several international scientific and technical advisory boards, committees, and working groups, including the Gates Foundation, International Contraceptive Access (ICA) Foundation, and CONCEPT Foundation. Dr. Spieler received an Honorary Doctorate of Public Service from the University of Florida and an M.Sc. in Zoological Sciences (Reproductive Biology) from Rutgers University.

Prof. Wellings is an internationally renowned social scientist in the field of sexual and reproductive health. She established the Center for Sexual and Reproductive Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, where she is a professor of sexual and reproductive health and until recently, was head of the Department of Social and Environmental Health Research. Her research has included a variety of topics, including contraception, adolescent and unplanned pregnancy, and sexual behavior. Additionally, she has published a large number of articles in Nature, the Lancet, and the British Medical Journal. Prof. Wellings holds Fellowships by Distinction of the UK Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists; the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health; and the Faculty of Public Health.

The new trustees join 18 other women and men from eight countries, who are experts in HIV and AIDS, economics, education, finance, international law, family planning, population, and public health.

A list of the Population Council’s board of trustees is available here.