ICRW Announces Appointment of Dr. Agnes Binagwaho and Agnes Igoye to Board of Directors

Press Release Subtitle

Binagwaho and Igoye bring deep expertise in global health equity, child protection, and the prevention of human trafficking

Press Release Date

28 July 2022

Press Release Author

Joe Shaffner, Director, Global Communications: [email protected]

July 28, 2022

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) announced the appointment of Dr. Agnes Binagwaho and Agnes Igoye to the organization’s Board of Directors. Binagwaho and Igoye bring to the Board deep understanding and experience in global health equity, child protection, and the prevention of human trafficking.

Dr. Agnes Binagwaho

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Binagwaho and Ms. Igoye to ICRW’s Board,” said ICRW President and CEO Peggy Clark. “Both bring a wealth of knowledge, experiences, and insights that will further ICRW’s mission to advance the rights and opportunities for women and girls around the world.”

Dr. Agnes Binagwaho is a Rwandan pediatrician who currently serves as Vice Chancellor and co-founder of the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE), an initiative of Partners in Health focused on changing how health care is delivered around the world by training global health professionals who strive to deliver more equitable, quality health services for all. Prior to her current role, Dr. Binagwaho served as the Executive Secretary of Rwanda’s National AIDS Control Commission, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health, and as Minister of Health.

Ms. Agnes Igoye currently serves as Uganda’s deputy national coordinator for the prevention of trafficking. She is a member of The Labour Migration Experts Reference Group and one of Uganda’s negotiators of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development’s free movement protocol. Igoye is a Senior Aspen New Voices Fellow and teaches online child protection courses at Harvard University. She is also an ambassador and mentor at The Clinton Global Initiative University.

“We cannot wait to start working with Dr. Binagwaho and Ms. Igoye,” said Board Chair and Head of Impact at The Meteor, Tara Abrahams. “Given the challenges women and girls face worldwide, challenges that are highlighted and compounded by a global pandemic and economic fallout, the experience and nuanced understanding these two women bring to the Board could not be at a more important and pivotal time for ICRW and the globe.”

With a doctorate in medicine from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and a master’s in pediatrics from the Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Dr. Binagwaho is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Global Health Equity in Kigali, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine. She has published over 230 peer-reviewed articles.

Agnes Igoye

With an undergraduate degree in Social Sciences and a master’s in Sociology from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, Ms. Igoye was one of New African Magazine’s 100 most influential Africans in 2015. She is also the recipient of several awards, including  the Diane Von Furstenberg (DVF) International Award; The Josephine S. Vernon Award from Harvard Kennedy School; the University of Minnesota’s Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals; the Global Freedom Exchange Award from Vital Voices and Hilton Worldwide Global Partnership; and the 2017 Clinton Global Initiative University’s Alumni Honor Roll.

With the addition of Dr. Binagwaho and Ms. Igoye, ICRW’s Board of Directors will be composed of 18 members who bring a variety of experiences and insights in research, politics, business, global development, education, media, and economics. We look forward to the work that lies ahead.



The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) is a global research institute with offices located in Washington, D.C.; New Delhi, India; Nairobi, Kenya; and Kampala, Uganda. Our research evidence identifies women’s contributions as well as the obstacles that prevent them from being economically strong and able to fully participate in society. ICRW translates these insights into a path of action that honors women’s human rights, ensures gender equality and creates the conditions in which all women can thrive.

Mission Statement:

ICRW is the premier applied research institute focused on women and girls. In 2016, ICRW merged with the U.S. research organization Re:Gender (formerly the National Council for Research on Women) to create a global research platform.Headquartered in Washington, DC, with regional offices in India and Uganda, ICRW provides research and analysis to inform programs and policies that promote gender equality and help alleviate poverty.