Ann M. Starrs, USA
Alvarez-Bravo Keynote Lecture
Ann M. Starrs is a widely-recognized expert in and advocate for gender equality, women’s rights, and sexual and reproductive health, and currently serves as the co-chair of the Guttmacher-Lancet Commission for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. Ms. Starrs has authored or coauthored numerous papers and commentaries on global and domestic health policy issues during her 30 years in the field. From August 2014 to October 2018 she served as the President and CEO of the Guttmacher Institute, a leading research and advocacy organization dedicated to sexual and reproductive health, which was an organizational recipient of the United Nations Population Award in 2018. Prior to joining Guttmacher, Ms. Starrs was President of Family Care International, a nongovernmental organization dedicated to improving reproductive, maternal and newborn health in low-income countries, which she helped found in 1986. She has been on the Board of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health since 2005, serving as co-chair from 2005–2011; was part of the Developed Country NGO Delegation to the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; and is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Trained in development economics and demography, Ms. Starrs holds a master’s degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a certificate in demography from Princeton’s Office of Population Research. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz.