Our Advisory Group

The Advisory Group, comprising distinguished professionals spanning sectors key to the Network’s focus areas, plays an advisory role to PSN, providing input to specific activities on an individual basis.

Ike Ezekwe
President of the African Foundation for Development (AFPODEV), Nigeria

Ike Ezekwe is a lawyer with ten years of experience, most of which have been devoted to human rights activism and defence of the poor, oppressed and vulnerable. He is the founder and president of AFPODEV, based on his conviction that we cannot achieve the sustainable development of African societies without addressing the population issue.

He is also the chair of Population Support Group (PSG) – a network of NGOs/CSOs working on population in Nigeria. Additionally he coordinates the Civil Society Coalition on the Nigerian population census.

Professor Sir Andrew Haines
Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Sir Andy is Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine since 2001, having previously been Professor of Primary Health Care and Director of the Department of Primary Care and Population Sciences, Royal Free and University College Medical School.

He was the Director of Research & Development at the NHS Executive, North Thames, and has also worked internationally in Nepal, Jamaica, Canada and the USA.

His research interests are in epidemiology and health services research focusing particularly on research in primary care and the study of environmental influences on health, including the potential effects of global environmental change.

Aubrey Manning OBE
Distinguised zoologist and broadcaster, retired Chair of Natural History, Ediburgh University

Aubrey Manning is currently President of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts.

His wide range of television broadcasts have included: the BBC Two’s Earth Story and Talking Landscapes.The Rules of Life for the BBC Radio 4 and Edinburgh University.

Aubrey Manning is also a specialist in animal behaviour. His An Introduction to Animal Behaviour (Cambridge University Press) is a classic now in its fifth edition. He has had a life-long concern for the natural world and how to re-establish a sustainable balance with its human population.

Andrew Mitchell MP
UK Member of Parliament and former Secretary of State for International Development

Andrew Mitchell is the Member of Parliament for Sutton Coldfield and the former Secretary of State for International Development. Mr Mitchell has very extensive experience in international development and was, with The Gates Foundation, instrumental in the London Summit on Family Planning in 2012. The summit was a ground-breaking effort to make affordable, lifesaving contraceptives, information, services and supplies available to an additional 120 million women and girls in the world’s poorest countries by 2020.

Prior to his political career, Mr Mitchel served in the Royal Tank Regiment and as a UN peacekeeper in Cyprus.

Dr. Chelsea Morroni, Phd
Consultant

Chelsea is a passionate family planning doctor, public health specialist and epidemiologist.  Chelsea has led clinical, health services and community-based research focusing on increasing the availability, uptake and successful use of contraception and on improving pregnancy planning and pre-conception health. She has also been involved in reproductive health advocacy in countries across sub-Saharan Africa.

She is the medical advisor to the Botswana Family Welfare Organisation (BOFWA, the only non-governmental provider of family planning services in Botswana) and a special advisor to the Botswana Ministry of Health Family Planning Programme. Chelsea established and runs the only doctor-led sexual and reproductive health referral service in Botswana and regularly provides outreach clinical services to very remote areas.

Chelsea has a BA in social anthropology from Harvard University, an MPH and medical degree from the University of Cape Town, an MPhil and PhD in epidemiology from Columbia University, a Diploma in Tropical Medicine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Diploma in Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare from the UK Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare. She is currently appointed in the Institute for Global Health and the Institute for Women’s Health, UCL, with honorary appointments at the University of Cape Town, the University of Botswana and the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

Zipporah Musau
Journalist

Prior to joining PSN as an advisor, Zipporah worked in Nairobi as an Editor at the Nation Media Group, a highly respected publication and East Africa’s largest media house, and Sub-Editor of the East African Standard.

Zipporah specialises in science and the environment and in 2000, she was awarded the African Journalist Award.

In 2012 she joined the United Nations in New York as the Managing Editor of the Africa Renewal magazine, a quarterly that highlights social, economic and other development issues in Africa.

Daisy Owomugasho
African Women’s Economic Policy Network, Uganda

Formerly with African Women’s Economic Policy Network, and now UDN director, Daisy is a Lecturer at the Makerere Institute of Economics in Uganda. Her areas of interest include policy and planning particularly as they affect poverty and gender. She has more than 12 years’ experience in teaching, research, consultancy and advocacy.

She holds a Masters Degree in Development Economics from Dalhousie University, Canada, and a Bachelors Degree in Economics and Rural Development from Makerere University, Kampala.

She was a key speaker at the PSN’s launch event at the United Nations in New York (2004)

Sara Parkin, OBE
Founder, director and trustee of Forum for the Future

Sara designed the pioneering Forum Leadership for Sustainable Development Masters. Currently she sits on the Natural Environment Research Council and the board of Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. Sara is a Companion of the Institution of Civil Engineering and the Institute of Energy, and received an OBE for services to education and sustainable development in 2001.

In the past, Sara has contributed to the development of Green Parties world wide, as well as playing leading roles in the UK, and has served on the boards of the Environment Agency for England and Wales, Friends of the Earth (UK), New Economics Foundation (a member of PSN) and Groundwork.

Ndola Prata
Public health physician and Medical Demographer, University of California, Berkeley

Ndola Prata, MD, MSc, is Assistant Adjunct Professor of Maternal and Child Health and International Health at the School of Public Health , University of California, Berkeley where she is the second holder of the Fred H. Bixby Endowed Chair in Population and Family Planning. Prata is also the Director of the Bixby Centre for Population, Health and Sustainability at UC Berkeley.

Originally from Angola, Dr Prata began her career as a practicing physician and was Head of the Social Statistics Department at the National Institute of Statistics in Luanda. She has an extensive international background having lived in Britain, France and the US and worked on family planning and reproductive health interventions and other health projects in Angola, Mozambique, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Paraguay, Mexico, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Afghanistan.

William Ryerson, MPhil
President and Founder of Population Media Center

Mr. Ryerson has extensive experience in international development and entertainment-education. He has more than 40 years of experience working in the field of reproductive health, including two decades of experience using entertainment-education as an effective form of behavior change communications. He oversees all Population Media Center activity and travels around the world for current and new program development. Population Media Center is a nonprofit, international nongovernmental organisation, which strives to improve the health and well-being of people around the world through the use of drama series on radio and television. Mr. Ryerson founded PMC in 1998 and PMC’s work has now impacted more than 50 countries around the world.

Since 2008, Mr. Ryerson has also served as Chair and CEO of Population Institute in Washington, DC, which works in partnership with Population Media Center. Mr. Ryerson holds a Master of Philosophy in Biology from Yale University and a BA from Amherst College.

Steven W. Sinding
Consultant and former Director General of IPPF

Steven W. Sinding was the Director-General of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) from 2002-2006. Before joining IPPF, Dr Sinding was Professor of Population and Family Health and Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at Columbia University.

From 1991 to 1999, he served as Director of the Population Sciences program at the Rockefeller Foundation and in 1994 was a member of the United States delegation to the International Conference on Population and Development at Cairo. Prior to joining Rockefeller, Steven served as Senior Population Adviser to the World Bank, following a 20-year career at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

He has written extensively on international population matters and is the author of the article on “family planning programs” in the Encyclopedia of Population and co-editor of Population Matters: Demographic Change, Economic Growth, and Poverty in the Developing World (Oxford: 2001).

Sir Crispin Tickell

Sir Crispin Tickell has spent a distinguished career in the Diplomatic Service with many posts, one of which was as the British Permanent Secretary to the United Nations (1987-1990). He then became Warden of Green College Oxford (1990-1997) and Chancellor of the University of Kent (1996-2006).

He has contributed to many publications on environment, climate and other related topics, including many policy papers on population issues.