The Advisory Group, comprising distinguished professionals spanning sectors key to the Network's focus areas, plays an advisory role to PSN, providing input to specific activities on an individual basis.
Dr. Elizabeth Breeze
Specialist in Population and Age Structure Demography
Dr Breeze has been involved in the demographic aspects of environmental sustainability since the 1960s. She joined the Population Working Group of the then Conservation Society in about 1973. That group was one of the first to focus on population numbers as a key cause of environmental degradation.
In 1974-5 she took the Diploma in Population Growth and Development at University College Cardiff. Working on health surveys led her to take an MSc in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
During the next 10 years most of her work at LSHTM was on health inequalities among the older members of the UK population and this formed the topic of her PhD.
Dr Breeze currently works on the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing at University College London. She has a particular interest in the positive contribution of older people to society.
Dr. Martha Campbell
Lecturer in Public Health, University of California, Berkeley
As a political scientist and health policy specialist, Dr Campbell has focused on global population growth and the economics of international health and family planning. In the 1990s she led the David and Lucile Packard Foundation's population programme.
Martha is also the founder and president of Venture Strategies for Health and Development a non-profit organisation created to help people by making use of existing market forces, in recognition that government health services in many developing countries are not able to reach most of the poor. Her academic degrees are from Wellesley College and the University of Colorado. She is a Trustee of the London-based Margaret Pyke Trust.
Former PSN staff member
Louise graduated from University College London in 2006 with Bsc. (Hons) in Anthropology, with a particular interest in anthropological demography.
Louise worked as PSN's Communication Officer between 2007 and 2009. Her employment history previously spanned 5 years of London based freelance government funded social research and 6 months in an HIV peer education NGO in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
President of the African Foundation for Development (AFPODEV), Nigeria
Ike Ezekwe is a lawyer with ten years of experience, most of which have been devoted to human rights activism and defence of the poor, oppressed and vulnerable. He is the founder and president of AFPODEV, based on his conviction that we cannot achieve the sustainable development of African societies without addressing the population issue.
He is also the chair of Population Support Group (PSG) – a network of NGOs/CSOs working on population in Nigeria. Additionally he coordinates the Civil Society Coalition on the Nigerian population census.
Prof. John Guillebaud
Vice Chair & Emiritus Professor of Family Planning and Reproductive Health, University College London.
Current vasectomy surgeon at the Churchill Hospital, Oxford and ex-Medical Director, Margaret Pyke Centre for Family Planning, London. Consultant for WHO, DFID and other international and national bodies. Invited lecturer to c 50 countries in every continent, on contraceptive technology and related issues. Provides regular training and support visits for healthcare professions to Africa. Author of seven books (in 10 languages including Japanese and Chinese) and c 300 other publications on contraception for women and for men, reproductive health, population and environmental sustainability.
Professor Sir Andrew Haines
Director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Sir Andy is Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine since 2001, having previously been Professor of Primary Health Care and Director of the Department of Primary Care and Population Sciences, Royal Free and University College Medical School.
He was the Director of Research & Development at the NHS Executive, North Thames, and has also worked internationally in Nepal, Jamaica, Canada and the USA.
His research interests are in epidemiology and health services research focusing particularly on research in primary care and the study of environmental influences on health, including the potential effects of global environmental change.
Aubrey Manning OBE
Distinguised zoologist and broadcaster, retired Chair of Natual History, Ediburgh University
Aubrey Manning is currently President of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts.
His wide range of television broadcasts have included: the BBC Two's Earth Story and Talking Landscapes.The Rules of Life for the BBC Radio 4 and the Open University.
Aubrey Manning is also a specialist in animal behaviour. His An Introduction to Animal Behaviour (Cambridge University Press) is a classic now in its fifth edition. He has had a life-long concern for the natural world and how to re-establish a sustainable balance with its human population.
A psychotherapist with a substantial knowledge of environmental matters, in particular the extreme dangers arising out of climate change. John Mead has been a Member of the Intermediate Technology Development Group (now Practical Action), and of UNED-UK’s Energy and Climate Change Panel. His interest in this Network centres on the ‘consumption’ side of the ‘population coin’, with a particular focus on climate change.
He has written a number of articles particularly with regard to the psychology of denial, and given talks to a diverse range of audiences, and has recently written a chapter for a book to be published through the Gaia Network.
Zippy has worked in Nairobi as Senior Editor for the Daily Nation - a publication highly respected throughout East Africa.
Prior to that she was Sub-Editor for the East African Standard. She also provided live coverage of parliamentary debates as a reporter for the Kenyan National Assembly.
She specialises in science and the environment and was awarded the African Journalist Award for the year in 2000.
After studying for an MA in International Journalism at the City University, London, she is now based in Kenya.
African Women's Economic Policy Network, Uganda
Formerly with African Women's Economic Policy Network, and now UDN director, Daisy is a Lecturer at the Makerere Institute of Economics in Uganda. Her areas of interest include policy and planning particularly as they affect poverty and gender. She has more than 12 years' experience in teaching, research, consultancy and advocacy.
She holds a Masters Degree in Development Economics from Dalhousie University, Canada, and a Bachelors Degree in Economics and Rural Development from Makerere University, Kampala.
She was a key speaker at the PSN's launch event at the United Nations in New York (2004)
Sara Parkin, OBE
Founder, director and trustee of Forum for the Future
Sara designed the pioneering Forum Leadership for Sustainable Development Masters. Currently she sits on the Natural Environment Research Council and the board of Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. Sara is a Companion of the Institution of Civil Engineering and the Institute of Energy, and received an OBE for services to education and sustainable development in 2001.
In the past, Sara has contributed to the development of Green Parties world wide, as well as playing leading roles in the UK, and has served on the boards of the Environment Agency for England and Wales, Friends of the Earth (UK), New Economics Foundation (a member of PSN) and Groundwork.
Public health physician and Medical Demographer, University of California
Ndola Prata, MD, MSc, is Assistant Adjunct Professor of Maternal and Child Health and International Health at the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley. She is also the scientific director for the Bixby Program in Population, Family Planning and Maternal Health at UC Berkeley School of Public Health.
Dr Prata is from Angola. Before coming to Berkeley she was head of the social statistics department at the National Institute of Statistics in Luanda, and is a practicing physician. She has also lived in Britain, France and the US, and worked in Mozambique, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Paraguay, Mexico, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Afghanistan.
Dr. Nafis Sadik
Special Advisor to the UN- General Secretory
Dr. Sadik, from Pakistan, is the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific, with the rank of Under-Secretary-General.
In 1971, she joined the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) serving in various capacities until her appointment as its Executive Director in 1987.
In 2003, Dr. Sadik was designated as UNFPA’s Goodwill Ambassador for Obstetric Fistula and served as a member of the UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change, and the Secretary-General’s High-Level Group on “Alliance of Civilizations”.
Steven W. Sinding
Consultant and former Director General of IPPF
Steven W. Sinding was the Director-General of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) from 2002-2006. Before joining IPPF, Dr Sinding was Professor of Population and Family Health and Adjunct Professor of Public Policy at Columbia University.
From 1991 to 1999, he served as Director of the Population Sciences program at the Rockefeller Foundation and in 1994 was a member of the United States delegation to the International Conference on Population and Development at Cairo. Prior to joining Rockefeller, Steven served as Senior Population Adviser to the World Bank, following a 20-year career at the U.S. Agency for International Development.
He has written extensively on international population matters and is the author of the article on "family planning programs" in the Encyclopedia of Population and co-editor of Population Matters: Demographic Change, Economic Growth, and Poverty in the Developing World (Oxford: 2001).
Sir Crispin Tickell
Sir Crispin Tickell has spent a distinguished career in the Diplomatic Service with many posts, one of which was as the British Permanent Secretary to the United Nations (1987-1990). He then became Warden of Green College Oxford (1990-1997) and Chancellor of the University of Kent (1996-2006).
He has contributed to many publications on environment, climate and other related topics, including many policy papers on population issues.