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Teams and Governance
Senior Advocacy Officer, WRA Global
Amanda Livingstone (she/hers) is a Senior Advocacy Officer with WRA Global based in Washington, DC. In this role, Amanda contributes to the design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of global health and rights campaigns; facilitates advocacy strategy workshops; manages the Self-Care Trailblazer Country Advocacy Working Group and the Self-Care Learning and Discovery Series; develops unique advocacy tools to support community mobilizers in a variety of contexts; and strategizes with partners and colleagues across WRA’s Global Alliance to take advantage of key advocacy opportunities to drive forward health and rights progress at national and global levels.
With over seven years of experience, Amanda is a fierce advocate for reshaping power dynamics and promoting inclusion and accountability in the reproductive justice movement. Her experience working in NGOs and UN Agencies has taught her that individuals must be at the center of the policies and programs that affect their daily lives. Prior to joining White Ribbon Alliance, Amanda worked with Save the Children and the UN Development Programme’s Washington, DC Liaison Office. She has a Master’s in International Human Rights from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver and a BA in International Studies and BS in Anthropology from Loyola University Chicago.
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Senior Communications Manager, WRA Kenya
As the communication and media strategist for the WRA Kenya, Angel leads the design and execution of WRA Kenya’s communications strategy. Angel is a highly driven and passionate communications professional who has vast interests in the media and corporate communications fields. She has an extensive understanding of how the media industry in Kenya and beyond works, allowing her to consult and formulate communication strategies for organizations and conduct media training for corporate bodies, NGOs and individuals. She is passionate about maternal health, youth and women’s empowerment.
Over the years in her career she has developed skills beyond communication into Project Management, Client Management, Brand management, Digital Marketing and Advocacy. Most recently, Angel worked as the Head of Corporate Communications at Simba Corporation, a motor and hospitality group operating in Kenya. Prior to this, she worked at Ogilvy and Mather Public Relation’s Nairobi office as a Senior Account Manager for three years following a successful seven-year career as a news and features journalist with Kenya Television Network (KTN) and Citizen TV.
As a journalist, Angel cut a niche for herself in the field of maternal and newborn health, winning several UN recognized awards. She is skilled in technology and digital communications,and has multiple social media outlets where she enjoys an enviable following.
Executive Director, WRA Kenya
Angela Nguku is the Executive Director for the White Ribbon Alliance Kenya. She has 14 years of dedicated experience working toward ending preventable maternal and newborn deaths and adolescent health in Kenya, throughout Africa, and around the world.
Angela has worked for AAHI, AMREF, a Christian Aid-led global consortium, and as an Independent Technical and Advocacy Consultant in the RMNCAH program development and management field, as well as an international trainer, mentor and coach.
A passionate midwife, Angela advocates for accountability for the health of mothers, newborns, adolescents and youth, and for midwives’ voices to be heard. She is an advisory member of the People’s Voice Advisory Board of the Lancet Global Health Commission on High Quality Health Systems in the SDGs Era, the Advisory Group for the Global Action Plan, and the Deliver for Good Campaign in Kenya. In addition, she is a task force member of the CSO Coordination Group of the Global Financing Facility in Kenya, as well as the Kenya SDGs Forum.
Office Assistant, WRA Nepal
Chief Executive Officer, WRA Global
As Chief Executive Officer of White Ribbon Alliance, Betsy McCallon is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organization and developing plans, a dynamic team and resources to deliver it. Betsy joined White Ribbon Alliance in 2004 and has contributed to the growth of the Alliance from a loose network to a driver for global attention and commitments to reproductive and maternal health and rights with a focus on national advocacy and accountability. Betsy is a global spokesperson and champion for citizen participation and empowerment to advance health and rights; she regularly contributes to publications, speaks at key events, and serves on numerous coalitions and Boards. Betsy has lived and worked in sub-Saharan Africa and Central America and worked in more than 20 countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. When she’s not working, Betsy spends much of her time outdoors - cycling, exploring the city and watching soccer.
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Chairperson, WRA UK
Brigid McConville is a prize- winning writer who first met the White Ribbon Alliance while making a film, 'My Sister, My Self', in India in 2004. She was working as a journalist, covering stories about the rights of women and girls. Inspired by the passion and achievements of WRA members, she found ways to make their voices heard through the media, connecting them with influential and creative supporters.
McConville was elected to the Global Board of Directors in 2006. She subsequently joined the staff as director of the new UK office in 2008. She is now the Chairperson of WRA UK and continues to write books and make films.
Intern, WRA Global
Caroline Kinsella joined White Ribbon Alliance in 2021. Passionate about advancing gender equity, her academic and professional work has focused on women’s empowerment and ending gender-based violence. Prior to joining WRA, she interned with diverse global and regional nonprofit organizations, including Darfur Women Action Group, Physicians for Human Rights, Refuge, and the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Caroline recently graduated from Boston University with a BA in International Relations and double minor in Public Health and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.
Board Member, WRA Zimbabwe
Caroline Maposhere is a registered nurse, nurse midwife and a public health nurse with Bachelor of Theology and Master of Science in Counselling studies. She has extensive experience working in reproductive health including counseling young people, parents and religious leaders on sexual diversity and training health care providers on how to be sensitive to the needs of vulnerable groups like teen mothers and LGBTQ people.
Caroline works as a freelance consultant for various civil society organizations and has been a US Peace Corps Pre-Service Technical Trainer on HIV in more than 10 countries. She is "Aunty" on radio, TV and church programs for sexual and reproductive health in Zimbabwe and is a member of the Board of Trustees for WRA Zimbabwe.
Board Member, WRA Nigeria
CHUKURE VICTOR HAMZA, is a lawyer and a member of prestigious Nigerian Bar Association. Born in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State in June 1983, Chukure started his career in Law in 2011 after graduation from Nigeria Law school. He began building his career in law during his National youth service at the State Counsel with the Federal Ministry of Justice, Lafia. In 2012, Chukure moved on to become Associate Counsel, Ucheaguwa Enuma & Co., Alpha Oye Chambers. 2015, He worked as Associate Counsel, for Femi S. Akinbinu & Co chambers. He is currently Company Secretary and Legal Adviser to Trexcorp Group of Companies limited and its subsidiaries, and a Lead Partner, Magen Attorneys Abuja Nigeria.
National Coordinator, WRA Mexico
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Senior Communications Officer, WRA Global
Diana Copeland joined White Ribbon Alliance in 2016 as the Communication Coordinator, working to strengthen and disseminate the organization’s message on its website and social media platforms, and was promoted in 2018 to Senior Communications Officer in order to oversee and grow White Ribbon Alliance's digital and offline presence.
Before coming to White Ribbon Alliance, Diana worked for HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” as a Researcher and as a member of Octopus Publishing Group’s Editorial team. Diana graduated from the University of Florida with a BA in English Literature and received her MA from University College London’s Department of Information Studies.
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Youth Program Officer, WRA Indonesia
Dina Dewi Landini is a volunteer with WRA Indonesia, known locally as PPI. Born into a family of medical doctors, Dina chose a different path, graduating with a degree in architectural engineering. She worked as an architect and interior designer and later pursued advanced studies in business administration at the University of Dallas, Texas. Dina’s second childbirth was challenging, with intense contractions for more than 24 hours; a competent midwife helped her get through it. After that, in 2005, Dina accompanied her mother to a capacity building meeting organized by White Ribbon Alliance in India. She was inspired by its vision and mission and decided to help. Like many WRA volunteers who have families and careers, Dina must balance her schedule carefully and often uses her personal leave to do her work for WRA Indonesia (PPI). Dina oversees youth involvement for PPI, but often supports other efforts, and is a valued member of the WRA Indonesia team.
Board Member, WRA Nigeria
Dr Francis Ohanyido has a track record of significant leadership in global health management of two-decades, with experience spanning both Governmental and non-Governmental sectors. He has technical expertise on the subject matter of maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health plus nutrition (MNCAH+N);.
He is President and Senior Fellow of the West African Academy of Public Health (WAAPH) and chairs Health Workforce Committee of the Health Sector Reform Coalition (HSRC), the largest health-focused NGO coalition in Nigeria and is also a key member of the MNCH Core Technical Committee for Nigeria under FMOH. He has served as Vice-Chair of the White Ribbon Alliance, Nigeria. He is a strong advocate for sustainable development and a key convener of the UN SDGs Professional Support Group for Africa.
Dr. Ohanyido is a public health physician with a medical degree from Nigeria (MBBS), a postgraduate diploma in hospital & health administration, another postgraduate training in Public Health and Business Administration. He is an alumnus of the United Nations University’s 10th e-Governance class and the Harvard’s TH Chan School of Public Health’s Health Outcomes Research programme. He is a 2006 CMDS Global Scholar, a Fellow of Academy of Public Health (FAPH), Fellow, Royal Society of Public Health (FRSPH), UK and Member of the Science Advisory Board (USA) . He is currently a faculty of the “Supercourse” of Epidemiology at WHO Collaborating Center of the University of Pittsburgh and was part of the global team that worked to develop the Research Methods of the Library of Alexandria, Egypt. He is happily married with children.
Board Secretary, WRA Nigeria
Dr Adaeze Oreh is a Family Physician with the Department of Hospital Services in the Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria. She holds an MBBS degree from University of Nigeria, Nsukka and Master of Science (MSc) degrees in International Health Management from Imperial College and Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in addition to certification in Leadership and Management from both Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health and University of Washington.
She has over 16 years’ experience in healthcare service delivery and health systems management across the private and public health sectors in Nigeria. Between 2009 and 2014, she was the programme manager in charge of Abuja Federal Capital Territory, Nassarawa and Niger States for the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) a United States' Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – U.S President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) project in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health. Her role was critical to national policy formulation, data analytics and management, operations supervision, quality assurance and emergency preparedness and response.
Dr Oreh is a Fellow of the West African College of Physicians, the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and the Royal Society of Public Health and sits on the Governing Council of Nigeria’s first private university of Medical Sciences. She is a health systems contributor for several publications including Premium Times and The Guardian addressing health inequities and universal health coverage. Dr Adaeze Oreh was recently selected as one of 25 recipients of the Aspen New Voices Fellowship for 2019 by the Aspen Institute - an initiative that recognises change makers in global health and development sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and George Soros’ Open Society Foundation. She currently serves as the Public Relations Officer of the Society of Family Physicians FCT Abuja and Keffi Zone and spoke at the 74th United Nations General Assembly Universal Health Coverage Pavilion in New York.
Chairman/ Director, WRA Pakistan
Dr. Amanullah Khan, a public health and development consultant, is currently extending his services to Dalberg Global Development Advisors, the World Bank, the Islamic Development Bank and World Health Organization. A skilled and well-trained professional with more than 25 years experience in the public and private health sector, including serving on strategic positions, laid the foundation of White Ribbon Alliance in Pakistan and currently chairs the Forum for Safe Motherhood board. He is also the chair of the National Alliance Council. Dr. Aman has championed maternal and newborn health in Pakistan for years, mediating effective policy change, and he has written extensively, including strategy and policy documents, research papers and articles for different audiences, while also representing Pakistan at various global fora.
National Coordinator, WRA India
Dr. Aparajita Gogoi is the National Coordinator of WRA India. She is the executive director of the NGO Center for Catalyzing Change (C3, formerly CEDPA India). Aparajita is a political scientist with 25 years of experience in programming, advocacy and defining strategies for policy issues, especially on young people’s health and rights. She is passionate about women’s health issues and has been an advocate for safe motherhood, firmly believing that surviving childbirth is a fundamental right of every woman. Aparajita has been leading WRA India’s advocacy for safe motherhood for the last 16 years. She has also been involved in safe motherhood advocacy in Bangladesh, Indonesia and the Philippines. She has received recognition for her work in various forums, including by The Guardian, which in 2011 named Aparajita as one of the world’s 100 most inspiring women.
She holds a PhD (International Politics), from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and a Post graduate diploma in Journalism.
Exec. Committee Chair, WRA Bangladesh
Dr. Arefin Amal Islam is the Project Director of the Improving Community Health Workers Project of Save the Children in Bangladesh. Dr. Islam (MBBS, MPH) has 29 years’ experience in health and family planning at the United Nations and other local and international organizations. He was in the leading position of the World Health Organization-led polio eradication team in Bangladesh and led Chemonic’s technical team for the International’s Smiling Sun Franchise Program, a large NGO health service delivery program in Bangladesh, funded and supported by the United States Agency for International Development. At WHO he led the surveillance team and worked as a consultant for the Reaching Every District program and was Divisional Coordinator and National Surveillance Coordinator in the Immunization and Vaccine Development program there. Dr Arefin held previous positions with Helen Keller International, Family Planning Association of Bangladesh, and Kumudini Trust of Bangladesh. He has been the chair of the Executive Committee of WRA Bangladesh since 2012.
Member/ Advisor, WRA Pakistan
Dr. Asma joined the Alliance in 2015 after spending more than a decade as a public health specialist. She started her career as a research officer at PIMS Cardiac Research Cell. Subsequent positions include Heartfile, HelpAge International, and Save the Children, where she championed reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, among other related issues.
Dr. Asma earned a MBBS and later acquired a master's degree in nutrition and project management.
When not at work, Dr. Asma enjoys parties, sightseeing, cooking and interior designing.
Board Member, WRA Nigeria
Dr. Beatrice Nwagbara works at the Nigeria Country office of the World Health Organization (WHO) as a National Consultant, Package of Essential Non-Communicable Disease Interventions (PEN) where she engages with high level stakeholders in the Federal Ministry of Health and other relevant stakeholders to provide policy advisory support on NCD prevention and control in Nigeria.
She also provides programmatic and technical assistance to WHO sub-recipients and awardees on NCD related projects such as oral health, mental health and diabetes. She has over 10 years of professional experience and excellent track record in leading large-scale programs in health, agriculture, mining, gender, education and livelihood, with evidenced proficiency in developing and implementing health development strategies and action plans, collaborating with diverse teams and stakeholders to improve health and socio-economic outcomes in difficult and resource constrained settings.
She acquired a Bachelor degree in Medicine and Surgery at University of Calabar and Master of Public Health at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Beatrice is married with Children.
National Coordinator, WRA Bangladesh
Quality of Care Lead, WRA India
Dr. Leila Caleb Varkey has passionately dedicated her career to improving the health of women and children in low-resource communities, especially in rural India, for the last 31 years. She as a health worker and nursing tutor before commencing doctoral studies at Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore USA in 1990. Leila is a founder member of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood and the Society of Midwives in India, both of which began at the end of the 1990s when maternal mortality in India was found to be very high. Leila currently serves as Senior Advisor, Reproductive Maternal Child and Newborn Health at Centre for Catalyzing Change (C3), India. She also leads WRA India’s advocacy work on Quality of Care, which has been instrumental in promoting engagement of elected representatives and women themselves in demanding increased investment in human resources, infrastructure and budget allocation for reproductive, maternal and child health – especially in states which are under-resourced and continue to have high maternal mortality.
Director/ Member, WRA Pakistan
Dr. Masood Ahmed Abbasi a leading public-sector reform expert, with over 27 years of experience in building institutional capacity to improve public sector delivery, monitoring and evaluation. This includes 10 years as a National Level Team Leader and key expert on donor funded international projects; 5 years as Provincial Lead implementing and overseeing donor funded projects; and, 12 years as a civil servant in Pakistan.
Dr. Abbasi achieved a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from Health Services Academy, Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad Pakistan in 1999 and Bachelors in Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) from University of Sindh in 1988. His career exhibits a good mix of working in the public and private sectors in both humanitarian and development settings. His most recent job was as Nutritionist with the United Nations World Food Program (UN WFP). Dr. Abbasi has experience working with Save the Children, UNICEF and WHO in the areas of Maternal, Newborn, Child Health & Nutrition, Family Planning, Health System Strengthening, Advocacy, and Project Management that includes program development, planning, and implementation. He has worked with Ministry of Health for almost 12 years at district level and has executed primary health care assignments.
Board Chair, WRA Nigeria
Dr. Nanna Bali Chidi-Emmanuel is a Public Health Physician and has worked in both public and private health institutions for over 17 years. Her experience spans a broad spectrum from clinical service delivery, preventive medicine, social mobilization, advocacy to technical leadership, management and international experience. She is familiar with clinical and non-clinical strategies; has strong technical expertise in Reproductive Health, Maternal Newborn & Child Health, and HIV/AIDS fostering linkages, integration and ensuring synergy. Nanna has worked closely with high level policy makers both at state and national levels to advocate and consolidate the rights of every childbearing women in Nigeria.
From her days as a Masters Student in Community Medicine at University of Liverpool, Nanna has championed and been a leading voice for maternal, newborn, and child health issues. In 2009, she organized a study tour to India as a cross-learning platform for the promotion of safe motherhood. Participants included representatives of the Nigerian Ministry of Health, parliamentarians, policy makers, community-based organizations, and regulatory bodies including the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria and Representatives of the Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Nigeria.
Nanna’s wealth of experience ranges from being a house officer at Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, a medical officer at Lagos State Teaching Hospital, Quality Improvement Advisor at NURHI, and Registrar at Lagos State Teaching Hospital. Her professional affiliations include the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, Nigeria Medical Association, TB and Poverty Subgroup, Association of Public Health Physicians and National Reproductive Health Working Group.
Provincial Coordinator Sindh, WRA Pakistan
Dr. Rajesh has joined Forum for Safe Motherhood recently. He works as the Provincial Coordinator in Sindh Provine under the ‘Family Planning to achieve “’What Women Want” project. He is highly dedicated and resourceful professional with extensive experience in humanitarian and development settings. Proven expertise in supporting surveillance activities for AFP and VPD diseases to attain certification standards by creating micro plans for implementation of RED approach. Demonstrate integrity and fairness by modelling the organization values and ethical standards, shows commitment to organizations mission, and display cultural, gender, religion, race, and age sensitivity and adaptability. Possess the ability to work in all development and humanitarian settings and provide consistent responses. Self-motivated, flexible, skilled at managing and supporting daily program management, administrative and internal operations and functions. Detail-oriented, analytical and methodical with critical thinking to address work issues even under stress.
Dr.Rajesh has expertly worked on polio eradication in Pakistan and educated over 1500 LHWs while providing orientation to medical officers, including health Staff of Thatta and Mirpurkhas Division, he ensured zero refusals in Mirpurkhas Division for OPV administration by conducting over 200 community awareness sessions on health and hygiene in remote/desert areas.
His key skills include Supplementary Immunization Activities, Public Service Management, MNCH & Malnutrition, Family Planning, EPI Services, Program/Project Management, Social Services Administration, Relationship Management (Public, Government, NGOs & Suppliers), Monitoring & Evaluation, Surveillance Data & Monitoring Indicators, Polio Eradication Activities, Staff Training & Leadership, Records & Document Management and Effective Communicator
Dr.Rajesh possesses Degrees of Master of Public Health (MPH), Masters in Arts (Sociology) and MBBS with International training on Field Epidemiology from CDC Atlanta USA.
Member/Advisor, WRA Pakistan
Dr. Samina is a maternal, newborn and child health consultant, heading the Reproductive Health Research Center in Islamabad. She is Joint Secretary & Member of the Executive Council of WRA Pakistan. A medical doctor, Khalid holds an MPhil, PhD & Postgraduate Fellowship in Gynae & Reproductive Medicine with specialized training in ART from Cleveland Clinic, USA. She is a Clinician & Researcher having more than 23 years of work experience. She has organized multiple large-scale public health conferences and technical training workshops. Her scope of work includes MNCH Programs with USAID, UNICEF, WHO, White Ribbon Alliance- Pakistan, John Hopkins University, MdM & Ipas, and she has been actively involved in the What Women Want campaign – from initial conceptualizing to strategic outreach – which mobilized more than 250,000 responses from women and girls in Pakistan.
Vice Chairman/ Director, WRA Pakistan
Dr. Shuaib Khan, Chief Executive Officer of Punjab Healthcare Commission (PHC) has over 32 years of experience in leading, designing, implementing and managing healthcare projects and health systems’ strengthening in both the public and development sectors, including 25 years in the public sector on senior management positions.
While working in the development sector, Dr Khan provided technical support and oversight to partners and government departments in matters pertaining to strategic planning, health systems reforms, human resource development, capacity the building, and integration of services.
He has vast experience in establishing mega hospitals, managing tertiary care hospitals and digitalizing hospital functions. He has also developed, implemented and managed strategic communication interventions for integrated health programs, specifically family planning, nutrition, and maternal and child health programs.
Dr. Khan has been working extensively with the public and private sectors and has provided leadership towards bringing a positive change in the lives of marginalized communities and nurtured innovation in Pakistan.
Advocacy Manager, WRA Global
Elena Ateva is the Advocacy Manager at White Ribbon Alliance and the Maternal Health lead for the USAID/Health Policy Plus Project. She is responsible for facilitating the work of the Global Respectful Maternity Care Council, leading global advocacy efforts to strengthen the midwifery workforce and providing assistance to WRA National Alliances that campaign to improve reproductive, maternal and newborn health and rights. Elena is an attorney and a human rights advocate who has been involved in the movement for respectful care in her home country, Bulgaria, and throughout Eastern Europe. Prior to joining WRA, Ateva was the Eastern Europe Legal Advocacy Coordinator for the international non-profit Human Rights in Childbirth and later served on the board of the organization. Her work has also focused on prevention of other forms of violence against women, including domestic violence and trafficking in Bulgaria and the United States.
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Programs & Advocacy Manager, WRA Malawi
Eya Mwenifumbo Gondwe comes to White Ribbon Alliance with 13 years of progressive work in health systems strengthening specifically in reproductive, maternal, neonatal and Child health. She has worked on different projects with multiple donors to strengthen RMNCH in health facilities owned by Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM) for over 6 years.
Eya holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and a post graduate University certificate in midwifery from Kamuzu College of Nursing. She also holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the Malawi College of Medicine. Eya is a passionate, highly motivated, vibrant team player who strongly believes that no mother should die whilst giving birth.
Communication Manager, WRA Uganda
Faridah has worked with WRA since March 2014, when she began as WRA Uganda's Communications Officer. In 2016, Faridah added the responsibilities of Communication Manager for the Global Secretariat, working specifically to support the National Alliances.
Prior to her time at WRA, Faridah was an independent media consultant where she managed media and public relations for various clients. Faridah also spent time as a journalist with the Daily Monitor newspaper where she served as health editor, as the acting editor of Full Woman Magazine and editor of Rainbow Magazine.
Faridah has a Bachelor of Mass Communication degree and a Master of Business of Administration from Makerere University, where she also served as Fellow with the MakSPH-CDC HIV/AIDS Fellowship Program at their School of Public Health. As a fellow, Faridah was hosted by Communication for Development Foundation Uganda where she was the to-go-to person on communication-related matters.
Programs Officer, WRA Malawi
George leads implementation of WRA Malawi programs and activities in Malawi as a Programs Officer. He is a midwife who has worked in the NGO sector for the past three years. George also spent the first five years of his work experience as a bedside midwife and manager in the public health sector of Malawi. He received a BSc. Nursing and Midwifery degree from Mzuzu University. George developed a strong sense of the nonprofit sector as a beneficiary of the White Ribbon Alliance sponsorship to attend the 71st United General Assembly and as a One Young World Scholar in 2018. This experience gave him a deep appreciation for how the nonprofit sector improves the quality lives for the vulnerable, including mothers and newborns.
National Coordinator, WRA Zimbabwe
Geraldine Nyaku holds a BA Law degree from the University of Johannesburg and a post-graduate certificate on Women’s Rights in Africa from the Center of Human Rights, University of Pretoria. She is an alumna of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Regional Leadership Center (RLC) Southern Africa (SA). She is a women’s rights activist who has been working in the civic society for the past six years. She has extensive experience in advocacy, lobbying for children and women’s rights, conducting trainings on gender based violence, women’s rights, the constitution and its compliance with legislative policies and facilitation. She has worked with diverse communities at grassroots level and with different government structures from local authorities to ministries and policy makers to advocate for the rights of women and children. She believes that White Ribbon Alliance is a great platform for advancing women and newborn’s rights and to contribute towards social change and community development. She hopes to bring her multifaceted leadership style and innovative solutions to improve and promote maternal and new born health and rights both in the national and global alliance.
Board Member, WRA Nigeria
Gloria Adoyi works under the reproductive health unit of Nigeria’s Population Council as a Program Manager. Through her role in Population Council, she successfully facilitated the harmonization of National training manuals and job aids for different cadre of service providers on the prevention and management of pre-eclampsia/eclampsia in Nigeria. She is an advocate for improved budget allocation to maternal health.
Gloria has vast knowledge in Monitoring and Evaluation having nurtured her years of experience in budget monitoring, tracking and analysis in Maternal Health for over 14 years in Nigeria. She has expertise in quality improvement in maternal and child health having been trained at the Liverpool School of Tropical medicine, UK. She is skilled at managing collaborative projects with bilateral donors, foundations and Ministries of Health.
She has a degree in Microbiology from Bayero University Kano State and MSC in Pharmaceutical Microbiology, at the School of Postgraduate Studies, Bayero University Kano.
Board Member, WRA Nigeria
Hadija Dorayi served as the Technical Assistant to the office of the Vice President on Sustainable Development Goals Projects. Before her appointment at the office of the Vice president, she was the Nigeria Lead for Population Refference Bereau, a Washington based NGO that supports Federal Ministry of health with training and advocacy materials on maternal /child health and nutrition.
Hadiza has also worked as an Output Lead for UK Department for International Development, DFIDs voices for change, where she was responsible for mentoring adolescent girls to become future leaders and agents of change. This includes boosting their leadership skills, self confidence and creating the right enviromment for them to make informed descisions about their lives and their future.
Hadiza worked with Save the Children International as head of campaign and communications, she advocated for improved laws and policies and helped prioritize childrens’ issues at Federal and State levels. In collaboration with the UN Millenium Campaign, she coordinated the inclusion of Nigerian Civil Society voices into the Global Post 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda (SDGs). As a hobby, Hadiza produces video documentaries on sustainanle development issues. Her documentaries have been screened at International conferences such as the UN General Assembly in New York, launch of the State of the World's Mother's Report in London, the high level meeting on Sustainable Development in Bali, the Immunization Conference in Addis Ababa and a screening for Bill Gates and Aliko Dangote at the lauch of Routine Immunisation Strategy in Abuja.
She is a graduate of Law from University of Abuja, with a Masters degree in Law. She is a member of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), the Muslim Lawyers Association of Nigeria (MULAN).
Board Member, WRA Nigeria
Hauwa is a Program Associate with the MacArthur Foundation, Africa Office in Abuja. She is responsible for processing grants to ensure effective compliance with grantmaking guidelines in the pre and post grant processes. The grant areas which she facilitates include: strengthening the criminal justice architecture, reducing corruption in the education and electricity sectors, supporting media and journalism to carry out in-depth corruption investigations , exposing corruption and sharing information on anti -corruption efforts, as well as support for entertainment and faith-based organizations to use their work to influence attitudes and behaviors with a view to promoting accountability.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Hauwa was a Program Officer at the Zero Corruption Coalition, an organization committed to the re-establishment of the culture of transparency, accountability, integrity and respect for human dignity, in order to attain good governance and social justice. While with ZCC, she was responsible for project conceptualization, implementation and monitoring of anti-corruption and accountability programs amongst other programs. She also coordinated the drafting of bills to amend the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Act, Independent and Corrupt Practices and Other Related Matters (ICPC) Act, and the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act.
Hauwa holds a Law degree from the University of Lagos and a Masters in Science Degree (MSc) in counter fraud and counter corruption studies from the University of Portsmouth
Executive Director, WRA Malawi
Hester Mkwinda Nyasulu comes to WRA Malawi with more than 15 years of professional work and experience which includes a combination of technical expertise with passionate advocacy and organizational leadership to elevate the most vulnerable: women, orphans, people living with HIV and others whose voices too often go unheard. He brings a wealth of experience in overseeing successful start-up and implementation of public health projects, most notably in contributing to the successful bidding process for $6 million USAID funding for GOAL.
Hester is completing his PhD in Business Administration (Organizational Development) with UNICAF University and has a Master in Business Administration from Maastricht School of Management (Netherlands). Hester is a Fellow in HIV Leadership and Management with the College of Medicine, a constituent of the University of Malawi. He also serves as the Vice Board Chairperson to Future SACCO Limited and a Board Member to South Malawi Conference of Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Board Chair, WRA Indonesia
Ibu Giwo Rubianto almost lost her life while giving birth to her third child in 1997. That event set a new course for Giwo, who decided to use her considerable skills as an organizational leader to advocate for maternal and newborn health with White Ribbon Alliance, known in Indonesia as PPI. Giwo currently serves as the President of the National Council of Indonesian Women and previously served as Chairperson of the Indonesian Child Protection Commission. She is also a member of several other NGOs working to improve the lives and health of women and children.
Board Member, WRA Nigeria
JAYNE ARINZE-EGEMONYE has a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka Anambra State. She is one of the pioneer staffs of White Ribbon Alliance, for safe Motherhood Nigeria (WRAN), as the alliance member, she started her career in January 2010 working as a Program and Communications Assistant with (WRAN). While working with WRAN, she was the first national youth representative for the 2012 and 2014 National Family Planning Conference.
Over the years, Jane has fully evolved in her development profession, with vast experience in programm design and management. As a result-driven development expert, Jayne is skilled at data analysis and visualization and is proficient in project strategy development. Her Monitoring and Evaluation skills earned her the position of a Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Officer with Civil Society Scaling-Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CSSUNN) where she does budget and policy analysis with focus on governance, gender, nutrition, reproductive and maternal, newborn and child health
In 2017, she designed “a Project Management, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning strategy” to support scale-up nutrition through the implementation of Nigeria’s “Health Sector Strategic Plan of Action for Nutrition in selected States in Nigeria”. She is married with children and is currently studying for her master’s degree in Poverty and Development at University of Sussex.
Programs Assistant, WRA Kenya
Board Member, WRA Uganda
Dr. Jotham Musinguzi is currently the Director General of Uganda’s National Population Council (NPC). Previously, Dr. Musinguzi was the Regional Director of Partners in Population and Development (PPD) Africa Regional Office (ARO) based in Kampala, Uganda. Dr. Musinguzi is a Public Health Physician. He was the recipient of the 2013 United Nations’ POPULATION AWARD from the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the UN Headquarters in New York on June 28, 2013 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the implementation of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). He is also the recipient of the 2014 INTERNATIONAL ALUMNI AWARD for Exceptional Achievement from the University at Albany Alumni Association. He sits on many national and international boards including Women Deliver of New York, Commonwealth Medical Trust of London, among others. In 2012, Dr. Musinguzi was actively involved in the successful London Family Planning Summit, which culminated in FP2020, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, United Kingdom Government and UNFPA.
Executive Director, WRA UK
Kay King joined White Ribbon Alliance UK, as Executive Director at the start of 2020. Kay has worked for 14 years in charity development and fundraising and is also a practicing doula. Having worked to support several leading UK maternity organisations with their governance, finances and change agendas through her career Kay will be joining WRA UK to oversee the organisations growth into new partnerships and projects. Kay has spent many years of her working life in South Africa, during which time she worked to support maternity initiatives and poverty alleviation campaigns in the Eastern Cape. Kay is a Yoga teacher and is mother to 2 young children.
Advocacy & Communications Manager, WRA Global
Kimberly Whipkey joined White Ribbon Alliance in October 2018 as an Advocacy Manager where she oversees the Alliance’s accountability program portfolio. Kimberly has more than 12 years of experience in policy, advocacy, accountability, and communications related to global and domestic health. Most recently, she served as Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer at PATH responsible for developing and implementing strategies to advance sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health policy and advocacy goals in PATH’s program countries. In a prior role at PATH, Kimberly was an advocacy and communications specialist with the Protection Options for Women Product Development Partnership, where she led innovative advocacy initiatives to expand access to female condoms. Before PATH, she oversaw grassroots advocacy to strengthen U.S. foreign policy on sexual and reproductive health and rights at the Center for Health and Gender Equity and led community mobilization to advance state-level reproductive health policy at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England in Maine. Kimberly has supported projects and staff in Bangladesh, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Kenya, Myanmar, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, and Zambia. She received an MPH from George Mason University and a BA in sociology and women and gender studies from Bates College.
In her free time, Kimberly enjoys running and hiking, reading dystopian novels, and chasing her toddler around.
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Deputy Executive Director, WRA Global
Kristy Kade joined White Ribbon Alliance in September 2017 with 15 years of policy, advocacy, and communications experience. She most recently served as the Director of Policy and Advocacy at PATH, where she was responsible for developing and implementing PATH’s strategy for advocacy in low-income countries, including the development of multi-year strategic partnerships and subgranting relationships with large international NGOs and local civil society organizations. She oversaw the development and implementation of advocacy strategies and capacity-building initiatives, was the primary donor liaison for country advocacy implementation and reporting, and has managed advocacy staff and projects in a portfolio of projects totaling over $20 million in more than ten countries across Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe and spanning maternal, newborn, and child health, HIV, TB, malaria, family planning, nutrition, immunization, and global health research and development. She was the recipient of two PATH Vision Awards for organizational excellence and partnership.
Kristy’s previous experience includes time as Associate Director of Advocacy and Public Policy at Pathfinder International where she oversaw advocacy with US policymakers and building capacity for advocacy in program countries. She helped found the Youth Health and Rights Coalition to provide a forum for the exchange of lessons learned and best practices related to improving policies and programs for young people in low- and middle-income countries. Kristy also provided technical assistance to support Pathfinder field offices in the development of advocacy initiatives in the areas of reproductive rights, contraception, and young people’s sexual and reproductive health.
Kristy received her MPH in international health from Boston University School of Public Health and her BA in sociology/anthropology and women’s studies from Ohio Wesleyan University.
When not advocating for the health and rights of women, children and families, Kristy enjoys sailing and cooking with her husband Wayne.
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Province Coordinator, WRA Nepal
Core-Committee Member, WRA Zimbabwe
Maceline Mutsa Mukwamba is a Nurse Educator, Public Health specialist and a National trainer on Sexual and Gender based Violence. She is the current National Treasurer for the Zimbabwean East Central and Southern College of Nurses (ECSACON), and a Health consultant.
Maceline was drawn to WRA Zimbabwe due to the notable work on respectful maternity care, which promotes safe delivery and optimal health maintenance of the mother throughout the reproductive life, and ensures a significant decline in both neonatal morbidity and mortality. She also has a passion for Sexual and Reproductive Health Right advocacy.
Communications & Advocacy Specialist, WRA Global
Marissa joined White Ribbon Alliance in 2018 and transitioned to her current role as Communications and Advocacy Specialist in 2019 to grow her passion for strategic communications. Marissa contributes to the digital engagement strategy through managing WRA's social media and supporting the development of communications campaigns.
Prior to joining WRA, Marissa spent three years working in diverse, international non-profits focused on maternal and reproductive health. Most recently, she served as a program coordinator for Save the Mothers in Uganda, supporting their Master of Public Health Leadership Program. She previously served as an intern at Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health, working on USAID interventions in gender-based violence and family planning taught through community theatre.
Marissa holds a MPH from the University of Edinburgh, and a BSc in biology and Spanish from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
Organizational Development Specialist, WRA Global
Molly Browning joined White Ribbon Alliance in 2019 as Executive and Operations Assistant and transitioned to her current role in 2020. As Organizational Development Specialist, Molly works across the Global Alliance to enable effective collaboration on new projects while also providing executive support to senior leadership in a variety of areas, including internal operations and business development. Molly received her bachelor’s degree in Science, Technology, and Society and a minor in molecular biology from the University of Puget Sound in 2017. Passionate about addressing disparities in postpartum care, Molly also volunteers as a CBI certified post-partum doula in her free time. When not working she can be found taking her puppy on long walks or curled up with a book and a cup of tea.”
Finance and Admin Officer, WRA Pakistan
Muhammad Kashif is working at White Ribbon Alliance Pakistan Chapter as Admin and Finance Officer from June, 2019. In this capacity he oversees the administrative, financial and human resource matters of the organization.
Kashif is a Finance professional with 8 years of experience in Financial Reporting, Budgeting, Variance reports, taxation, Petty cash Management, Internal/External Audit, General Office Administration, Reconciliations and Inventory Management. During his career he has worked in different organizations and has experience of handling multi- donor funded projects, He holds a degree of M.Sc in Finance from Institute of Management Sciences, Peshawar
Communications Intern, WRA Malawi
Newton Kalua was born in Blantyre, Malawi, in 1995. In 2017 he got awarded a certificate in journalism from Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ), and in 2018 he received a diploma in journalism at the very same institution.
During MIJ’s diploma attachments, in pursuit of his diploma, he was posted at MIJ FM from May to June, 2018 and at Luso Television from June to August, 2018. Soon after completing his diploma programme at MIJ he secured his first full time job as an online reporter at Dot Solutions (where he was posting stories on its websites; faceofmalawi.com and Malawi-sports.com) in September, 2018, where he worked for about a year. From there he joined Music Crossroads Malawi as a Communications volunteer, and currently, he is working at White Ribbon Alliance- Malawi as a Communications intern.
Advocacy Officer, WRA Global
Nisha Singh joined White Ribbon Alliance in 2016 as Grants Administrator and transitioned to her current role as Advocacy Officer to build on her passion for the WRA programming and on her experience working with National Alliances via grant and subgrants management and implementation. As an Advocacy Officer, Nisha supports the WRA Power and Rights program portfolio, advancing the agency, health and human rights of women, girls and newborns and contributing to WRA’s broader advocacy campaigns.
Nisha came to WRA from a mixed background in US-based community organizing and project management for international nonprofits. She graduated from Macalester College with a BA in Political Science and Mathematics and is currently a Master’s in Public Policy (Evening Program) candidate at Georgetown University.
Outside of work, Nisha teaches dance, is an avid book-clubber, enjoys exploring all of DC’s caffeination options and aspires to Great British Bake-Off glory.
Intern, WRA Global
Norma is an second year undergraduate student majoring in Economics at the University of Chicago. She is involved with the Institute of Politics at UChicago, and hopes to attend the Harris School of Public Policy. Norma is interested in the intersection of public policy and human rights, and is passionate about improving the care provided to women across the world.
National Coordinator, WRA Nepal
As the National Coordinator and General Secretary of Safe Motherhood Network Federation (SMNF/WRA Nepal) Rabindra Bahadur Pradhan is involved in all activities and projects implemented by SMNF Nepal and WRA Nepal, which he joined in 2005. He previously served as a National Secretary General of Nepal Jaycees, one of the National Organization of (JCI) Junior Chamber International, a non-profit international non-governmental organization of young people.
He mobilizes youth and communities in Kirtipur for social change. He loves facilitating programs and events at the community, national and global level. He carefully and efficiently orchestrated a successful opening ceremony of WRA Global meeting which was held at Kathmandu in 2017, with participation from Nepal's Prime Minister, the First Lady, representatives from the Ministry of Health, and other high-level individuals. During this ceremony he acted as the event moderator.
In addition to his voluntary work advocating for safe motherhood, he is involved in many business organizations. He received EMBA from Himalayan WhiteHouse Int'l College, Purbanchal University and he is the chief of District Lions Leadership Institute of Lions Clubs International, District 325 A2 Nepal.
National Coordinator, WRA Pakistan
Rafia Rauf is working at White Ribbon Alliance Pakistan Chapter as Project Director from December, 2019. In this capacity she not only oversees the implementation of various projects undertaken by the organization, but also leads the team at the National Secretariat.
Rafia is a development professional with 16 years of experience in Grants Management, Project Management & Budgeting, Organizational Evaluation, Donor Regulations and Compliance, Operations Management, Contract/Award Management, Communication & Outreach, Change Management and Event Management. During her career she has held senior managerial positions and has experience of working with international donor organizations, Government of Pakistan and the corporate sector. She holds a degree of M.Phil in Psychology from Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad
Province Coordinator, WRA Nepal
National Coordinator, WRA Tanzania
As National Coordinator of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood in Tanzania, Rose Mlay leads in organizational strengthening and sustainability as well as building membership to advocate for Maternal and Newborn Health in Tanzania.
Since 2005, her work as National Coordinator has led her to form a coalition of NGOs, associations, institutions, media, UN and parliamentarians. The Alliance began by identifying contributing factors and solutions to help the 30 women and 180 newborns dying in childbirth every day in Tanzania and proved that the way to resolve this daily tragedy is through comprehensive emergency obstetric and newborn care (CEmONC). On this basis, Rose led the Alliance into advocating for a specific budget line for CEmONC by targeting high profile politicians. WRA Tanzania’s work led – for the first time ever – to the creation of a budget line for CEmONC in 2015.
Through Rose’s leadership of WRA Tanzania’s 2015-2018 campaign for an increased budget for CEmONC countrywide, we saw a 52.7% increase in CEmONC budget in the 2017/2018 health budget when compared to the 2016/2017.
Rose holds a MN, BSCN from Dalhousie University and was a lecturer at MUHAS. Rose is one of the editors of the Africa Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health and is the founder of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood in Tanzania (WRATZ). Rose is a mother of three and in her private time she enjoys Bible Study and Gospel Music.
Executive Director, WRA Uganda
Rose serves as the Executive Director for WRA Uganda. Previously, she worked with EngenderHealth as a country lead during which she was actively involved with the What Women Want campaign and is a passionate advocate for WRA’s approaches. Prior to this, she was greatly involved in advocacy and promotion of safe motherhood with Amref Health Africa and also been engaged in a number of research projects with the Makerere University, School of Public Health, in a bid to promote use-friendly algorithms for maternal and child health including HIV in resource-limited settings.
Rose is a medical doctor with an MPH and has worked extensively on reproductive, maternal and newborn health and rights issues throughout Uganda. She has demonstrated management and leadership skills at both mid-level and senior level management working with complex programs addressing a variety of social and health issues including advocacy for restoration of the dignity of women and girls suffering from fistula.
Rose is a team builder and capable of leading and building high performing teams. She comes with skills in health system strengthening, strategic planning, program management & development, capacity building, advocacy, business development and public health. She commits to excellence and maintaining values of the organization.
Chairperson- Core Committee, WRA Zimbabwe
Rumbidzai Tawonezvi-Moyo is a Legal Practitioner by profession and a Human Rights activist specialising in Women's Rights. She has an LLB from the University of Witwatersrand. She is passionate about advancing the rights of women and girls and looks forward to a Zimbabwe where women are empowered, equipped and safe from all forms of abuse. Through WRAZ Rumbi would like to contribute to a Zimbabwe where women realize their Sexual reproductive Health rights, because every woman has a right to safe motherhood. She is married to Kudzaishe Moyo and has a daughter named Thandiwe Noa.
Finance and Admin Assistant, WRA Pakistan
Sabeen has an academic background in social sciences and have been working in the development sector for the past 8 years now. Women empowerment through education, entrepreneurship and maternal health are her core areas of interest and expertise. She was formerly working in a US based NGO Iqra fund and Agha Khan Rural Support Program where she worked for women empowerment through ensuring quality education for young girls and through providing businesses to the married and handicapped women. Sabeen joined White Ribbon Alliance in August 2019 as an Admin and Finance Assistant and playing her part in bringing positive change in improving maternal health care services in Pakistan.
Advocacy & Program Manager, WRA Kenya
Sandra is a pan-african youth advocate and fearless campaigner for women’s health and rights. She has been instrumental developing progressive policies, strategies and campaigns, including contributing to thought leadership on effective youth engagement and gender diversity mainstreaming. Sandra’s combined background and experience in anthropology, development, and activism continues to influence her engagements with the community, including young people, women and those experiencing injustices. She is currently the Advocacy and Program Manager at White Ribbon Alliance Kenya and a member of Amnesty International’s global youth collective.
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Support Staff, WRA Nepal
Exec. Committee Advisor, WRA Bangladesh
Professor Tahera Ahmed has 30 years’ experience working with UNFPA on reproductive health and population issues. As an advisor to the Executive Committee of WRA Bangladesh, she works closely with the members on technical and other issues. Ahmed also teaches masters level students and executives at the Department of Public Health at North South University, the largest and oldest private university of Bangladesh. She is editor of the Bangladesh Journal of Bioethics and current member/former Vice President of the Association of Former UN Staff of Bangladesh. She has an impressive educational background with degrees and certificates from esteemed institutions around the world. Professor Ahmed has been recognized with many awards, including the Advani Braganza Award for her support in the development of the Cervical Cancer Screening Program in Bangladesh.
Communications & Advocacy Officer, WRA Nigeria
Ms. Tariah Adams is the Communication & Advocacy Officer for WRA Nigeria where she takes the lead in strategic communication and is involved in nearly every aspect of their work to engage citizens, business leaders, media and government for community-level and system-wide change for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) in Nigeria.
With a degree in Public Administration and a background in radio production and presentation spanning about a decade, Ms. Adams has worked as a publicist, script writer, content developer and image maker. She has produced and presented popular programs like “Girls Talk,” a program looking at issues that affect the girl child on Aso FM Abuja, Breeze FM and other leading radio stations.
Tariah is adept at identifying stories that persuade decisions makers to drive social accountability processes across communities. She works directly with the citizens, amplifying their voices and highlighting the specific actions that should be taken by government to embrace citizen-led accountability for RMNCAH.
Tariah joined the Alliance in 2016 because of WRA’s unique approach of engaging women at the community level to speak out and demand their rights. Becoming a mother as a teen, she intimately understands the issues and appreciates that she can be a voice for millions of women in communities who believe their thoughts and opinions do not count.
When not working Tariah loves to read, swim and watch movies with the girls.
Project Manager, WRA India
Tina Ravi has been associated with WRA India since its inception in 1999. She worked as Senior Program Associate with CEDPA (now known as Centre for Catalyzing Change), the WRAI National Secretariat, and supported WRAI activities before taking a sabbatical in 2007. She is proud to have been part of major WRAI milestones such as the March to the Taj, Declaration of the National Safe Motherhood Day and the movement to promote Respectful Maternity Care in India.
Since 2016, as a Project Manager, Tina leads WRAI’s Respectful Maternity Care Program, which was successful in centring and positioning RMC as a vital component of Quality of Care and the center of government of India’s maternal health policies and programs.
Being a mother of two herself, she continues to be an advocate for safe motherhood and firmly believes in the rights of women for a quality, equitable and dignified health care service.
National Coordinator, WRA Nigeria
Mr. Tonte Ibraye has more than 11 years’ experience in maternal, newborn and child health advocacy and improving the welfare of people living with HIV/AIDS and children orphaned by AIDS. Tonte was appointed National Coordinator of White Ribbon Alliance Nigeria in November 2010. Under his leadership, WRA Nigeria has successfully pushed for the approval of three policies to improve maternal health in Nigeria. This includes increasing access to family planning, maternal death surveillance and reviews, and respectful maternity care. He also led WRA Nigeria to join in the call for passing the National Health Bill, which became law in 2014.
He is currently a member of the Steering Committee of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and the National Reproductive Health Working Group.
A political scientist by profession, Tonte has served as the executive director of Live for Tomorrow, and between 2005 and 2008 was rivers state coordinator for the Civil Society for HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (CiSHAN). During that time, he pushed for the Rivers State Action Committee on AIDS to be transformed into the Rivers State Agency for the Control of AIDS (RiVSACA) through legislation passed by the Rivers State House of Assembly.