ICRW Announces New Director, Chimaraoke Izugbara

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ICRW is pleased to announce that renowned Nigerian researcher Chimaraoke Izugbara will join ICRW as Director of Global Health, Youth and Development.

Dr. Izugbara currently directs the Population Dynamics and Reproductive Health Program at the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) in Nairobi, where he has led their groundbreaking work to understand the dynamics that affect reproductive health and sexuality, particularly for adolescents and youth in sub-Saharan Africa. He has published over 100 scholarly papers and books on gender, youth, sexuality and maternal, sexual and reproductive health. He also has a forthcoming book on the global sex industry.

“We are so pleased to have Chima join us in Washington,” said ICRW President and CEO Sarah Kambou. “In addition to his deep knowledge in the areas of gender and health, we look forward to his insights as we continue to grow our programming in Africa.”

Dr. Izugbara is known for his deep expertise in research and research capacity building, having led APHRC’s Research Capacity Strengthening Division for nearly a decade. A professor-at-large at the School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, Dr. Izugbara has also taught in universities in West and East Africa, Europe and the United States. He holds two PhDs, the first in medical anthropology and the second in social work (focusing on Gender, Health, and Development) from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

“ICRW’s global reputation as a premier gender research institution is well known and I am honored by this appointment,” Dr. Izugbara said. “I look forward to being part of ICRW’s dynamic team and continuing the organization’s legacy of groundbreaking, multi-disciplinary, policy-relevant work.”

Dr. Izugbara will take up his post at ICRW in early March.