Purnima Mane

Purnima Mane
  • President and Chief Executive Officer
    Pathfinder International

PhD, Tata Institute of Social Sciences; postdoctoral Fulbright Fellowship on women and AIDS, School of Hygiene and Public Health, Johns Hopkins, US. Former Associate Professor, Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Formerly with the United Nations, including: Vice-President, International Programmes, Population Council; with the World Health Organization; senior international leadership positions, UNAIDS; Chief Fund Portfolio Director, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Deputy Executive Director, United Nations Population Fund, strengthened UNFPA's work at the country and regional levels and spearheaded an evidence-informed, scientific approach, grounded in human rights towards the Fund's programmes on sexual and reproductive health for women and young people. Currently, President and CEO, Pathfinder, leads efforts in developing ground-breaking programmes on sexual and reproductive health in 20 countries and leading global advocacy on sexual and reproductive health policies and rights. Co-author and editor of a number of books. Founding Editor, Culture, Health and Sexuality.