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Babatunde Osotimehin


Dr. Osotimehin is the Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. Dr. Osotimehin holds the rank of Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations. Before this appointment, Dr. Osotimehin had served as the Minister of Health of Nigeria. Prior to that position, he was the Director-General of the Nigerian National Agency for the Control of AIDS. Dr. Osotimehin qualified as a medical doctor from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, in 1972, and then went to the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, where he got a doctorate in medicine in 1979. He is a member of the United Kingdom’s Royal College of Physicians and was, between 1996 and 1997, a visiting fellow at the Harvard Centre for Population and Development Studies. In 2006, he was inducted as a fellow of the prestigious Nigerian Academy of Sciences. Dr. Osotimehin’s interests include youth and gender, within the context of reproductive health and rights. Dr. Osotimehin is married and has five children.

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