Ipas Leadership

Anu Kumar, PhD, MPH

Interim CEO
PhD, Anthropology, and MPH, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Dr. Kumar joined Ipas in 2002 as Executive Vice President. In that role, she had oversight of Ipas’s fundraising and communications efforts, started a new technical area working with communities and pioneered work on abortion stigma. In 2016, she became Ipas’s first Chief Strategy and Development Officer and lead the organizational strategic planning process, along with fundraising, partnership development and technical innovation. ... More »

Kathryn Andersen

Kathryn Andersen, MS, PhD

Chief Scientific and Technical Officer
MS, Biostatistics, and PhD, Maternal and Child Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Dr. Andersen sets Ipas’s strategic technical direction and research agenda in support of the organizational strategic plan and mission. She leads Ipas’s work to understand and advance key issues in abortion and contraception care; such as increasing evidence for women’s self-use of medical abortion, measuring abortion quality, as well as abortion care for women experiencing gender-based violence and women in humanitarian ... More »

Lisa Simutami

Chief Operating Officer

Prior to joining Ipas in 2016, Ms. Simutami served as Vice President for East Africa at PSI where she led and managed a region of 11 countries and more than 1700 staff, annual revenue of approximately 185 million and diverse programs that ranged from reproductive health to sanitation, and market solutions to health system strengthening. She has also served as program manager for West Africa, country representative for PSI Rwanda, global ... More »

John Hetherington has resigned his position as President and CEO of Ipas, effective immediately, to attend to important family matters. John is proud of the progress Ipas has made during his time with us and is pleased with the organization’s success. He wishes to express his admiration for the work and devotion of everyone at Ipas and his personal thanks for their support during his tenure.

The Board has appointed Dr. Anu Kumar to be Interim President and CEO. We are highly confident in her leadership and in the capacity of Ipas staff throughout the world to fulfill Ipas’s commitment to the reproductive health of women and girls. Ipas is poised for continued success in the future.