NEW YORK, Dec. 21, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- EngenderHealth, a leading global women's health organization, has named Ulla Muller as its new President and Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Muller is currently the Regional Director, Southern Africa, at Marie Stopes International (MSI), and will assume her new role on March 1, 2016.
"Ulla has been a lifelong advocate for the rights of women and girls and is a thought leader in human rights, poverty alleviation, and women's sexual and reproductive health," said Robert Petty, Board of Directors Chair, EngenderHealth. "She stands out from a long list of highly qualified candidates and offers extensive global expertise and a demonstrated track record of multisectoral successes, which makes her very well-suited to support EngenderHealth's efforts around the world to expand access to rights-based family planning and reproductive health services."
Ms. Muller currently resides in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and has a demonstrated track record of success at MSI and in her previous senior-level roles at bilateral, multilateral, and civil society organizations. Ms. Muller has advanced degrees in international human rights law and economics and has a background in business administration. She has been an advocate for multidisciplinary approaches, engaging diverse actors and partners in a united effort to expand access to reproductive health services.
"Every woman should be able to decide if, whether, and when to have children, and to do so with access to high-quality sexual and reproductive health services," said Ms. Muller. "I am thrilled to join EngenderHealth in its mission to ensure access to these essential health services and support the rights and potential of women, girls and their communities around the world."
During Ms. Muller's tenure at MSI, she directed the development and implementation of key country-level strategies to create support for and deliver increased access to reproductive health services, instituted innovative funding and collaboration with diverse partners, and reinvigorated country collaboration and interregional learning to promote organizational unity and evidence to action. She has contributed to numerous publications in print and online media and is a regular participant in professional, academic, and policy forums.
Pamela W. Barnes, who has been President and CEO since 2010, will be retiring on January 15, 2016. Sara Kriksciun, Vice President, External Relations, has been named Interim President and CEO during the transition.
EngenderHealth is a leading global women's health organization committed to ensuring that every pregnancy is planned, every child is wanted, and every mother has the best chance at survival. We train health care professionals and partner with governments and communities in nearly 20 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.engenderhealth.org.