International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF)

Tewodros Melesse,
Started term: October 2011

Tewodros Melesse, Director-General, IPPF

Tewodros Melesse was appointed Director-General of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) in September 2011. Mr Melesse has gathered more than 29 years of experience with organizations committed to sexual and reproductive health and rights for all, including his time as IPPF Africa Regional Director in Nairobi/ Kenya, where he worked from 2002 – 2011.

IPPF is the world’s largest non-governmental organization working in this field. With a Strategic Framework adopted by over 150 Member Associations it addresses five key areas: Adolescents, HIV/AIDS, Abortion, Access and Advocacy.

Mr Melesse is a passionate advocate and is committed to working in strong partnership to achieve change with governments, donors and not-for-profit organizations. His leadership assisted with the development and adoption of the Africa Union Maputo Plan of Action, which he believes will save the lives of future women and girls and provides the necessary policy framework to cost universal access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health in Africa.

Prior to working with IPPF, Mr Melesse held the position of Country Representative (Ethiopia) for Pathfinder International.

He has a degree in Economics (Catholic University, Louvain/ Belgium). A citizen of Ethiopia and a permanent resident of Australia, he is based in the United Kingdom.

He is fluent in English and French.

Mr Melesse is married with two adult daughters.