Announcing the 2017 Winners of 120 Under 40: The New Generation of Famliy Planning Leaders

The Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health announced the 2017 winners of 120 Under 40: The New Generation of Family Planning Leaders today.

120 Under 40 recognizes and highlights the achievements of the next generation of family planning leaders worldwide; it is led by the Gates Institute with support from Bayer. Over the course of this multi-year project, 120 young family planning champions will be chosen, 40 in each of the three project years. 

This year’s 40 winners are advocates, researchers, service providers, epidemiologists, medical doctors, program officers, communications/media professionals, and founders of NGOs and nonprofits. They work all over the world—in clinics and universities, in offices, and in the field—to advance family planning and reproductive health. Some examples:

  • In Madagascar, Maia Freudenberger leads Projet Jeune Leader, a comprehensive sexual and reproductive health program running in 12 rural and urban middle schools, which she co-founded at the age of 21.
  • In Bangladesh, Abu Sayed Hasan of UNFPA has introduced and implemented a national family planning campaign targeted toward adolescents and youth in the lowest-performing districts, and played a major role in reactivating the FP2020 Bangladesh Country Engagement Working Group.
  • In Uganda, Allen Kabagenyi serves on the family planning working group of the Uganda Ministry of Health and is a researcher, statistician, trainer and lecturer at Makerere University.
  • In New York, Thoai Ngo directs Population Council’s Poverty, Gender, and Youth Program and its new GIRL (Girl Innovation, Research and Learning) Center, which translates and generates high-quality evidence to transform adolescent girls’ lives.

The 40 winners for 2017 were chosen through public online voting, scoring by a jury of experts and leaders in family planning, and the project secretariat. The winners each receive $1,000 from the Gates Institute to continue their work in family planning.

“This second group of winners is as outstanding as the first,” says Jose “Oying” Rimon II, Director of the Gates Institute and chair of the 120 Under 40 Jury. “These young leaders are creating positive disruptions all over the world, and their impact will only grow stronger as they forge a new network with their fellow 120 Under 40 winners.”

A smaller representative group of winners have been invited to attend the 120 Under 40 celebrations in the United States from September 18 to 22. These celebrations, which coincide with the United Nations General Assembly meetings in New York, will include training in advocacy and leadership, meetings with influential leaders, and opportunities for the winners to share personal stories about their dedication to family planning and reproductive health. The activities will be co-hosted in Baltimore, Washington DC, and New York City by the Gates Institute, Bayer, Population Council and Family Planning 2020 (FP2020).

Year 1 of 120 Under 40 officially concludes on World Contraception Day, September 26, an annual day of observance to focus international attention on contraception, especially young people’s need to access contraceptive and reproductive health information, services and supplies.

The 2017 winners of 120 Under 40 are:

Laraib Abid, MPhil
Founder, Mashal

Adebisi Adenipekun, BPharm
President, Lighthouse Global Health Initiative; 2016 World Contraception Day Ambassador; Women Deliver Young Leader; Public Health Pharmacist

Gimbiya Akapson, MSc
Program Officer, Centre for Girls Education

Omolara Aluko, MBA
Media & Communications Manager, DKTNigeria

Jennifer Amadi, BSc
Advocacy Advisor, African Youth Initiative on Population, Health and Development (AfrYPoD)

Norhan Bader, MD (MPH candidate)
Medical Doctor; Director of Projects at International Youth Alliance for Family Planning (IYAFP)

Ashish Bajracharya, PhD
Cambodia (country of origin: Nepal)
Associate and Cambodia Country Representative, Population Council

Joshua Dilawar, BA
Project Officer, Samaj Development Foundation

Ishrat Naher Erina, BPharm
Founder, Prescription

Maia Freudenberger, BA
Founder and Executive Director, Projet Jeune Leader

Elizabeth Futrell, MSPH
United States
Content Development Lead, Knowledge for Health (K4Health) project, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs (CCP); Founding Member and Lead Interviewer, Family Planning Voices (FPVoices)

Abu Sayed Hasan, MPH
Family Planning Specialist, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Alison Hathaway, MSN
United States
Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Planned Parenthood

Kizanne James, MBChB
United Kingdom (country of origin: Trinidad & Tobago)
Medical Doctor; Women Deliver Young Leader; 2016 World Contraception Day Ambassador; Chevening Scholar

Talent Jumo, Diploma: Education
Founder and Coordinator, Katswe Sistahood

Allen Kabagenyi, PhD
Lecturer, Makerere University

Vikas Kaushal, MD
Medical Doctor; Program Officer, Jhpiego

Ali Kaviri, BCBR (MA candidate)
Team Leader, Youth Equality Centre (YEC)

Elizabeth Nailantei Kileku, BSN
Nurse, Ministry of Health, Kenya

Son Le Hoang Minh, BPH
Youth Program Coordinator/Research Associate, Center for Creative Initiatives in Health and Population (CCIHP); Founder, Vietnam Youth Action for Choice

Anu Manchikanti Gómez, PhD
United States
Assistant Professor, School of Social Welfare, and Director, Sexual Health and Reproductive Equity (SHARE) Program, University of California, Berkeley

Garima Mathias, MBA
Project Manager, Ipas Development Foundation

Kelly McClure, BS
United States
Government Professional and Legislative Aide,
Florida House of Representatives

Mbencho Andrew Millan, MD
Medical Doctor; Executive Director and Co-founder, Youth Health International

Ivonne Elena Miranda, MPS
Psychologist and Trainer, Asociación GOJoven Honduras

Olasumbo Modupe, MSc
Broadcast Journalist, Lagos Television

Nissily Mushani, MA
Policy and Advocacy Coordinator and Knowledge Translation Officer, African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP)

Tyler Nelson, BS
Executive Director, Health Builders

Thoai Ngo, PhD
United States (country of origin: Vietnam)
Program Director, Poverty, Gender and Youth Program, and Director, GIRL (Girl Innovation, Research and Learning) Center, Population Council

Peter Ngure, MA
National Team Coordinator-Advocacy, DSW Kenya

Chizoba Onyechi, MEd
Family Planning Program Specialist, Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3)

Ala Oueslati, BA
Women Deliver Young Leader; Blogger and Freelance Journalist, Youth Time International Movement; UN Empower Women Global Champion; Founder of SHE Mobile Clinic

Mansoor Qaisar, MBA, MA
Senior Information Officer, Population Council

Aanu Rotimi, MSc
Senior Program Officer, Partnership for Advocacy in Child and Family Health (PACFaH)

Abdulmumin Saad, MPH, MD, PhD
United States
Senior Epidemiologist and Reproductive Health Advisor, Office of Population and Reproductive Health, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Mariya Saleh, MSc
Associate Director, Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, FHI 360

Loukman Abdel Aziz Tidjani, BSc
Adolescents and Youth Sexual Health and Reproductive Rights Specialist and Human Rights-Based Management Expert, Benin National Youth Advisory Board

Aisha Waziri (BSC candidate)
Volunteer and Youth Advocate, Centre for Girls Education; Member, United Nations Population Fund Youth Advisory Group

Elspeth Williams, MPH
United States
Associate Director of Policy and Government Relations, Population Council

Kinga Wisniewska, MRes (PhD candidate)
United Kingdom (country of origin: Poland)
Founder of ZapytajMnie; Women Deliver Young Leader; 2016 World Contraception Day Ambassador; Member of European Youth Network on Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YouAct)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 12:00