Conveners

Elizabeth Maguire, President and CEO, Ipas

Elizabeth Maguire©Dan Crawford

Elizabeth Maguire has served as president and CEO of Ipas since 1999. Ms. Maguire brings 42 years of professional experience and commitment to the population and reproductive health field, including more than two decades with U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) population assistance program. She served as the director of USAID's Office of Population from 1993 to 1999 and was actively involved in the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and in the 1999 five-year review of ICPD.

Throughout her government career, Ms. Maguire played a key leadership role in the development and implementation of major policy and program initiatives. She received eight USAID Special Honor Awards, including the Distinguished Career Service Award. Ms. Maguire is also the recipient of the Population Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award. Ms. Maguire speaks four languages and has had extensive field experience in all regions of the developing world. She has served on numerous Boards, including as a founding member and Chair of WomanCare Global International.

Nafis Sadik, former Executive Director, UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund)

Nafis Sadik, MD, a national of Pakistan, is Special Adviser to the Executive Director of UNAIDS. From 2001-June 2012, Dr. Sadik was the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS, Asia and Pacific region.  She was the Executive Director of UNFPA from 1987-2000, and was the first woman  in the history of the United Nations, to be appointed to head one of its major voluntarily-funded programmes. 

Under her leadership as Secretary-General of the International Conference on Population and Development, (Cairo,1994), the approach to reproductive health, including empowering women through education and economic opportunity, was unanimously agreed to by the international community.  Dr. Sadik is well-known for her leadership in the fields of international maternal and child health, reproductive and sexual health, and advocacy for education in the prevention of HIV and AIDS. 

Among her numerous national and international awards, Dr. Sadik was the Laureate, in the individual category, of the UN Population Award 2001. She is the author of publications in the areas of reproductive health and family, population and development, women, and gender and development.

Musimbi Kanyoro, Executive Director, Global Fund for Women

Musimbi Kanyoro

Musimbi Kanyoro is the President and CEO of Global Fund for Women and a passionate advocate for women and girls’ health and human rights, and social change philanthropy. 

Dr. Kanyoro is an accomplished leader with three decades of experience managing international non-governmental organizations, global programs and ecumenical agencies in cross-cultural contexts. She is a strategic leader who inspires people, mobilizes action and resources. She is the author of dozens of articles, hundreds of speeches and opinion pieces and has written and co-edited 7 books. Musimbi is a frequently sought after public speaker.  

Dr. Kanyoro also serves on several International Boards and working groups including the Aspen Leaders Council, the UN High Level Taskforce for Reproductive Health and the boards of CARE, IntraHealth and CHANGE. 

Dr. Kanyoro has a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Texas, Austin and Doctorate in Feminist Theology from San Francisco Theological Seminary. She was a visiting scholar of Hebrew and the Old Testament at Harvard University. She has received three honorary doctorates and several recognition awards, including a leadership award from the Kenya Government. Most recently, she was named as one of the “21 Women Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s e -News.

Ivens Reis Reyner, Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights

Ivens Reyner

Ivens Reis Reyner first became involved in the sexual and reproductive rights movement through his experience in an adolescents group at his primary and secondary school called Pensamento Legal. For six years, Ivens worked in different spaces on behalf of the Pensamento Legal, including at the Movimento de Adolescentes do Brasil (MAB). At MAB, Ivens was able to work in partnership with other youth organizations in his country promoting the creation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programs for young people and adolescents, particularly in the areas of sexual and reproductive rights, women’s rights and HIV/AIDS. After his work with Pensamento Legal and MAB, he joined the Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS where he worked for three years being able to develop a more in-depth knowledge of the Latin American context of young people, especially those living with HIV/AIDS. Since 2009 Ivens has been part of the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YCSRR), a youth-led organization that promotes the sexual and reproductive rights of young people at the international, regional and national levels. At the YCSRR Ivens has been a strong advocate for a woman’s right to choose, particularly in countries like his home, Brazil, where abortion is a crime.