Elizabeth is currently an independent consultant and formerly the Director of Family Planning at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Prior to this she spent 12 years at the World Bank and served in several senior positions including Director and Manager of the Africa Regional Integration Program, Manager of Operational Quality and Knowledge Services, Manager of the Africa multi country HIV/AIDS Program and served for five years as the World Bank’s Senior Adviser for Population and Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health. Prior to joining the World Bank, Elizabeth was Africa Regional Vice President for Pathfinder International and before this worked with USAID in Nigeria.
She is a passionate leader and effective advocate on reproductive, maternal, child and adolescent health and committed to social justice to scale up interventions and technologies that reach poor and marginalised groups.
She has served on various Boards of Directors, think tanks and UN inter-agency task teams and was Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University for over five years. She has published widely on various issues on women and adolescent health, population and development, health reforms, and HIV/AIDS and is a frequent speaker in international and academic fora. She was the founding Chair of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition and founding member of the Partnership on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. She has advanced degrees in Medical Demography jointly from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and London School of Economics.