Steven Sinding

Former Director-General, International Planned Parenthood Federation


Steven Sinding is a recognized expert on international population matters who, until his retirement in 2006, served as director-general of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF).

He is credited with rejuvenating and revitalizing IPPF, a major international, non-governmental organization with member associations in 150 countries and programs in 183 countries focusing on sexual and reproductive health.

Prior to joining IPPF in 2002, he held a variety of positions related to population, health and nutrition.

Following a 20-year career at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Sinding served as population advisor to the World Bank, Director of Population Sciences for the Rockefeller Foundation and professor of population and family health at Columbia University. He has written extensively on international population matters and is frequently called upon to speak to both academic and general audiences. Since joining IPPF, he has become a public spokesperson on population and reproductive health issues.

Sinding is on the board of directors of Abt Associates, a global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development.

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