Council Commentary

Population Council Welcomes Nyovani Madise as New Trustee

The Population Council is pleased to welcome Dr. Nyovani Madise to the Board of Trustees. Known for her research on the social determinants of sexual and reproductive health and rights in low- and middle-income countries, Madise is currently Director of Research and Development Policy for the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) based in Malawi. AFIDEP aims to make evidence matter in policy and decision making in Africa, translating research into forms that are accessible to policy makers, government officers and members of parliament.

“The Population Council is putting forth an impact-driven research agenda that is driving policy and program solutions on the ground and globally,” says Julia Bunting, Population Council President. “Dr. Nyovani Madise brings a wealth of expertise and experience that closely fits our vision for the road ahead. We are overjoyed to have a female African researcher focused on research impact join our Board of Trustees.”

Madise aims to improve decision making in many development issues, including sexual reproductive health and rights. Her research focuses on untangling the influence of social and economic factors on health in low-income countries. Her current research is looking at fertility in Malawi, maternal and child health and young child feeding practices in Kenya, school attendance in Sierra Leone, and understanding the links between food security and the environment in Africa and Latin America. 

Previously a Professor of Demography and Social Statistics at the University of Southampton, Madise co-led the Population Health University Strategic Research Group and co-directed the Centre for Global Health, Population, Poverty, and Policy. She has also worked as a lecturer in Malawi and Kenya and has field experience in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Madise studied mathematics and economics at the University of Malawi and obtained her masters’ and PhD degrees from the University of Southampton. She sits on advisory committees of research funders, such as UK Department for International Development (DFID), Economic and Social Research Council and the Medical Research Council, and she is a member of the World Health Organization’s Strategic Advisory Group for Malaria Eradication.