Meet the Task Force


The High-Level Task Force for the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), co-chaired by former Presidents Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique and Tarja Halonen of Finland, is an independent body of 25 distinguished leaders with records of service as heads of state, ministers and parliamentarians, civil society, private sector and philanthropic leaders.

Members serve in their individual capacities to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender equality and the empowerment of women and young people through the ICPD Beyond 2014 process and the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

The Secretariat for the High-Level Task Force is the coordinating body for the Task Force’s program of work. Led by Director María José Alcalá, the Secretariat provides overall strategic, policy and substantive leadership, conducts outreach and partnership-building, prepares advocacy and communications products and events, manages donor relations and fundraising, and supports Task Force Member activities.

María Antonieta Alcalde

María Antonieta Alcalde

Director of Advocacy of the International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR)
Mexico
Renate Bähr

Renate Bähr

Executive Director, German Foundation for World Population
Germany
Mariela Castro Espín

Mariela Castro Espín

Member of Parliament and Director of the Cuban National Center for Sex Education
Cuba
Ishita Chaudhry

Ishita Chaudhry

Founder and Managing Trustee, The YP Foundation
India
Oluwafunmilola (Lola) Dare

Oluwafunmilola (Lola) Dare

CEO of the Centre for Health Sciences Training, Research and Development
Nigeria
Elena Dmitrieva

Elena Dmitrieva

Director of the Health and Development Foundation
Russia
Julio Frenk

Julio Frenk

President of the University of Miami
Mexico
Bience Philomina Gawanas

Bience Philomina Gawanas

Special Advisor to the Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare
Namibia
Leymah Gbowee

Leymah Gbowee

Founder and President, Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa
Liberia
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Minister of Foreign Affairs
Ethiopia
Lambert Grijns

Lambert Grijns

Ambassador for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights & HIV/AIDS
The Netherlands
Holo Muchangwe Hachonda IV

Holo Muchangwe Hachonda IV

Director, Better Organisation Solutions
Zambia
Pinar Ilkkaracan

Pinar Ilkkaracan

Adjunct professor, Bosporus University
Turkey
Musimbi Kanyoro

Musimbi Kanyoro

President and CEO, the Global Fund for Women
Kenya
Dame Carol Kidu

Dame Carol Kidu

Former Member of Parliament
Papua New Guinea
Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark

Patron, UNFPA and Maternity Worldwide
Denmark
Alessandra Nilo

Alessandra Nilo

Co-founder and Executive Director, Gestos
Brazil
Wanda Nowicka

Wanda Nowicka

Co-Founder, Federation for Women and Family Planning
Poland
Sandeep Prasad

Sandeep Prasad

Executive Director, Action Canada for Sexual Health & Rights
Canada
Gita Sen

Gita Sen

General Coordinator, DAWN
India
Keizo Takemi

Keizo Takemi

Senior Fellow, Japan Center for International Exchange
Japan
Darren Walker

Darren Walker

President, Ford Foundation
United States
Xuejun Yu

Xuejun Yu

Director General of the National Health and Family Planning Commission of China
China
Mona Zulficar

Mona Zulficar

Founding Partner, Zulficar and Partners Law Firm
Egypt