Tewodros Melesse was appointed Director-General of IPPF in September 2011. Having worked since 2002 as IPPF Africa Regional Director, Tewodros brings almost thirty years of experience with organizations committed to sexual and reproductive health and rights for all.
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.
Tewodros 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 IPPF, Tewodros held the position of Country Representative (Ethiopia) for Pathfinder International.
Tewodros 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.
Tewodros is fluent in English and French; he is married with two adult daughters.