Women Deliver, a global advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of girls and women, is pleased to announce the election of two new board members, effective immediately: Dr. Jotham Musinguzi, Regional Director of Partners in Population and Development’s Africa Regional Office, and Dr. Peter Cairo, a consultant who spent 20 years as a full-time faculty member at Columbia University and specializes in the areas of leadership development, executive coaching, and executive team effectiveness.
“We are excited and absolutely privileged to have Dr. Jotham Musinguzi and Dr. Peter Cairo join the Women Deliver Board of Directors,” said Jill Sheffield, President of Women Deliver. “They each bring a distinct outlook along with years of expertise in their respective fields. Their passion and commitment to our set of issues will be a great resource for Women Deliver as we move forward.”
The additions to the board come at an important time for Women Deliver, as the organization recently underwent an extensive external evaluation. The organization is now about to start its strategic planning process for the next five years, which includes its fourth global conference in May of 2016.
“I am honored to join the Women Deliver Board of Directors,” said Musinguzi. “I am a passionate advocate for girls and women in my home country of Uganda and admire Women Deliver’s commitment to sexual and reproductive health. I am excited to join them in their global call for increased investment in the health and rights of girls and women.”
Musinguzi is a public health physician and obstetrician and gynecologist with a special interest in reproductive health, family planning, and HIV/AIDS. He currently serves as Regional Director of Partners in Population and Development’s Africa Regional Office (PPD ARO), chair of the Board of Directors of Population Services International (PSI) Uganda, Trustee of the Population Council of New York, and Trustee of the Common Wealth Medical Trust of London (COMMAT).
Cairo has a long academic career at Columbia University where he served as Chairman of the Department of Organizational and Counseling Psychology. Following this, he co-founded CDR International and the Oliver Wyman Executive Learning Center. There, he and his colleagues designed, developed, and delivered large-scale leadership development programs for senior executives at Fortune 500 companies. He is a noted author and speaker on a wide range of topics in the field of leadership development and has recently done pro bono work in Rwanda that involved developing training support for rural health care workers.
"Women Deliver has proven to be a powerful force in advocating for the health and rights of girls and women,” said Cairo. “I look forward to joining such an inspiring group of people and helping Women Deliver grow and move into the future.”