Council Commentary

Population Council Appoints Georgina Yidanpoa Caswell as New Trustee

The Population Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Georgina Yidanpoa Caswell to its Board of Trustees.

Georgina is internationally recognized for her work advancing the human rights and leadership of people living with HIV, ending stigma, and advocating for quality treatment and good health and wellbeing for all. Currently Head of Programs at the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), based in Cape Town, South Africa, Georgina oversees strategy, implementation and evaluation of GNP+’s programs around the world.

She previously served as Program Lead for the Resilient and Empowered Adolescents and Young People (READY) portfolio at Frontline AIDS (formerly International HIV/AIDS Alliance), where she managed large-scale youth sexual and reproductive health and rights programs. A committed and innovative advocate, Georgina is a thought-leader in areas such as self-care and digital health and rights to advance the health and rights of people living with HIV in their diversity.

Among her advisory roles, Georgina has served on the external review groups for the 2021 WHO Guideline on Self-Care Interventions for Health and Well-being; and the 2017 WHO Consolidated Guideline on Sexual and Reproductive Health of Women Living with HIV. She is an advisory group member for Africans Free from New HIV Infections (AfNHi). She was also the recent Vice Chair of the Board of the International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM), chair of IPM’s Access Advisory Committee, co-chair of the technical review panel for ViiV Healthcare Positive Action, and a member of the Virology Education Organizing Committee for the International HIV & Adolescence Workshop.

Born and raised in Ghana, Georgina holds a bachelor’s with honors in politics and French from the University of Warwick, UK and a master’s degree in development studies from the Institute of Development and Policy Management, University of Manchester, UK.

“Georgina joins the Population Council at a pivotal moment,” said Julia Bunting, President of the Population Council. “As we finalize a new strategic plan grounded in our commitment to achieve an equitable and sustainable future for the health and well-being of all people, her expertise and passion for people-centered policies and programs will help us advance inclusive and locally-driven research solutions.”

The Population Council’s international Board comprises 17 Trustees, who bring a diversity of knowledge and expertise in areas including sexual and reproductive health, biomedical research, education, climate change, communications, international law, finance, investment, and management. The Board will meet for the first time in person in over two years in New York on 27–28 June.

A complete list of the Population Council's Board of Trustees is available at popcouncil.org/about/leadership