RHM team



Eszter Kismodi – Acting Chief Executive
Eszter is an international human rights lawyer specialising in sexuality, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and gender diversity. She has worked in legal and policy development, advocacy and programming. Most recently, Eszter has been working with various UN agencies,  NGOs, and other organisations, including UNAIDS, UNHCR, UNDP, OHCHR, WHO, the World Association for Sexual Health and Durex.  Eszter has worked as a human rights adviser at WHO, Department of Reproductive Health and Research for ten years.  She is a visiting fellow at the Global Health Justice Partnership of the Yale Law School and Yale School of Public Health, and member of various UN and international organizational boards and expert committees. Eszter is based in Geneva.

Julia Hussein Editor-in-Chief
Julia has 30 years of professional experience as an obstetrician, public health practitioner, development worker, researcher, writer and scientific editor. She has worked with non-government organizations, universities, funding agencies, governments and the United Nations in several countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. She now prefers to spend her time helping others write, publish and communicate their research and insights on science and public health. Julia is based in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Sarah Pugh – Managing Editor
Based in Cape Town, South Africa, Sarah has over fourteen years of experience as a researcher, writer, and editor in the areas of development, migration, gender and health. With a PhD in international development and political science, she has worked for UN agencies, universities and donors, as well as local and international non-governmental organizations. Sarah joined the RHM team in December 2016 and continues to be inspired by the passion and dedication of the global SRHR community.

Pathika MartinMonitoring Editor and Administration Manager
Pathika has been with RHM since 2007, working on most aspects of journal production, distribution and promotion, and coordinating the seven editions of the journal in other languages. Originally a historian, she has worked for non-governmental organisations in the UK and Africa on projects including natural resource management, income generation, oral history and participatory methodologies. Pathika also writes and enjoys bringing her interest in language and usage to bear on finalising papers.

Jessica MacKinnon – Communications Manager
Jessica has several years of experience in communications, social media management and design with an interest in using online communications to affect social change. She has worked for non-governmental organisations and universities across the globe and has an education in political philosophy. Jessica is based in South Africa.

Alexane Bremshey – Communications Officer
Alex is a passionate storyteller with special interests in public health and gender issues. Previously, she worked in communications, community development and fundraising with a number of international humanitarian organizations based in Canada. Most recently, she travelled to Benin in West Africa to work on an initiative to reduce maternal and newborn mortality through a collaboration with local midwives. Alex is based in London.

Lance Stewart – Finance Manager
Lance is a qualified Accountant  with over 25 years financial management experience at a Senior Management Level across a wide range of sectors (auditing, commercial, and non profit & charities) and countries, having worked extensively in Africa. Lance is based in London.



Jane Cottingham – Chair, Independent consultant
Jane is an independent consultant and researcher in the field of sexual and reproductive health and rights. From 1994-2009 she worked at the World Health Organization in Geneva as Technical Officer and then Team Coordinator on Gender, Reproductive Rights, Sexual Health andAdolescence at the Department of Reproductive Health and Research, with a particular brief to bring gender and human rights perspectives into the research, policy and programmatic work of the Department. Prior to that Jane founded and worked with Isis Women’s International Information and Communication service, an NGO based in Geneva, now established in Kampala, Uganda, Manila, the Philippines, and Santiago, Chile. She has been a member of RHM’s Editorial Advisory Board since the beginning of the Journal. 

Sarah Hawkes – Professor of Global Public Health, University College London
Sarah Hawkes is a medical doctor with a degree in sociology and a PhD in epidemiology. She is Professor of Global Public Health at University College London where she leads a research theme analysing the use of evidence in policy processes, particularly in relation to gender and health, and sexual health. She has lived and worked for much of the past 20 years in Asia, where she has gathered evidence, built capacity and helped develop policy for programmes focusing on gender, sexual health and human rights. She works closely with national governments, research organisations, WHO and UNFPA in Asia and the Middle East.

Karima KhalilReproductive health researcher
Karima Khalil is a medical doctor and reproductive health researcher from Egypt. She coordinated the Population Council’s Reproductive Health Program for a decade in Cairo and consulted with several other SRH organisations. She is a member of the American University in Beirut-based Choices and Challenges in Changing Childbirth regional research network.  Having served on the board of several Egyptian non-profit organizations, she is experienced with fundraising and management.   Karima currently lives in Delhi and brings perspectives from both the Middle Eastern region and South Asia.

Sofia GruskinDirector, Program on Global Health and Human Rights; Professor, Keck School of Medicine and Gould School of Law, University of Southern California
Professor Gruskin is internationally recognized for her work in global health, in particular her research to foster the development of effective public health policy and programs at the intersection of health, human rights, gender and sexuality. She is recognized as one of the founders of the field linking human rights to health, and a pioneer in demonstrating conceptually, methodologically and empirically the interplay between human rights and health outcomes. Professor Gruskin is currently a Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine, with a joint appointment at the Gould School of Law, the Director of the Program on Global Health and Human Rights, and the Institute for Global Heath. 

Mike MbizvoDirector of the Population Council’s office in Zambia, Senior Associate in the Reproductive Health program
Michael Mbizvo is director of the Population Council’s office in Zambia and a senior associate in the Reproductive Health program. Mbizvo joined the Population Council after serving as director of the Department of Reproductive Health and Research at the World Health Organization (WHO/HQ), where he worked in various capacities for more than 15 years. Mbizvo holds a DPhil in human reproduction and an MPhil in medical sciences from the University of Zimbabwe and an MSc in reproductive sciences from Monash University, Australia. His fields of interest include andrology, male reproductive health, reproductive epidemiology and behaviour, adolescents’ health, gender dynamics, and sexual and reproductive health.

Associate Editors

Sapna DesaiAssociate, Population Council, India.
Sapna is a public health specialist based at the Population Council in New Delhi. Her experience spans grassroots program implementation and research in the areas of sexual and reproductive health and rights, women’s health, community health workers and women’s economic empowerment, with research expertise in epidemiology, mixed methods research and implementation research/program evaluation. Since joining RHM in 2010, she has been deeply committed to its mission to ensure the inclusion of practitioners, researchers and advocates in the production and dissemination of evidence on SRHR.

Laura FergusonAssociate Director, Program on Global Health & Human Rights; Assistant Professor at the Institute for Global Health at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, USA
Laura is an assistant professor of preventive medicine at the University of Southern California and the associate director of the Program on Global Health & Human Rights at the USC Institute for Global Health. With a focus on low-income countries, Laura’s research focuses on the intersection between health and human rights; specifically, sexual and reproductive health, HIV, child and adolescent health; and ranges from grassroots efforts to global policy. She is committed to ensuring the dissemination of diverse voices and empirical studies on sexual and reproductive health and rights from around the world to inform policy, programs and positive change.

Heidi StöcklAssociate Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
Heidi is the Director of the Gender Violence & Health Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where she is an Associate Professor in Social Epidemiology. She has 16 years of research experience in the field of intimate partner violence, human trafficking, homicide and violence against children, conducting cross-sectional and longitudinal surveys, secondary data analysis, qualitative interviews and systematic reviews. Mentoring and building partnerships plays an important part in Heidi’s academic work.

Regional Editors

Arabic: Hala El-Damanhoury
Chinese: Bilian Xiao and Mengchun Jia
Hindi: Shalini Singh
Portuguese: Ana Paula Portella and Simone Diniz
Russian: Lyubov Erofeeva
Spanish: Nancy Palomino Ramírez and Mariella Sala

Editorial Board 

Lidia Casas – Professor of Law, Facultad de Derecho, Universidad Diego Portales, Chile
Marilen J. Danguilan – Social Health Advisor, Salubris Medical Center; Population Services of the Philippines Inc, Philippines
Thérèse Delvaux – Senior researcher, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Belgium
Mahmoud F. Fathalla – Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine, Assiut University, Egypt
Tine Gammeltoft – Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Alexandra Garita – Independent consultant, Mexico
Asha George – Professor, Faculty of Community and Health, University of Western Cape, South Africa
Ana Cristina González Vélez – Independent consultant, researcher and international advisor in public health, Colombia
Anissa Helie – Assistant Professor, History Department, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, USA
Sharad Iyengar – Senior Coordinator and Chief Executive, Action Research Training for Health, India
Shireen Jejeebhoy – Independent researcher, India
Barbara Klugman – Independent strategic planner and evaluator; Associate Professor, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Wanda Nowicka – Lecturer, Institute of Applied Sciences, Warsaw University; Chair, Association Equality and Modernity, Poland
Jeffrey O’Malley – Director, Division of Policy and Strategy, Unicef, USA
TK Sundari Ravindran – Professor, Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies, India
Juliet Richters – Professor in Sexual Health, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, University of New South Wales, Australia
Iqbal Shah – Principal Research Scientist, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, USA
Johanne Sundby – Professor, Institute of Community Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway
Sylvia Tamale – Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Makerere University, Uganda

Founding Editor:
Marge Berer

Immediate Past Editor:
Shirin Heidari






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