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Dana Hovig, CEO
Since Dana assumed the leadership of Marie Stopes International in 2007, we have nearly tripled our family planning and maternal health impact, and increased our global income from £55 million in 2006 to £166 million in 2011. In 2011 alone, our reproductive health and family planning services averted 4.5 million unplanned pregnancies, 1.65 million unsafe abortions, and prevented 15,000 maternal deaths.
Prior to joining us, Dana worked for over 15 years in international health and development organisations, including Population Services International (PSI), Africare, and Options, our consultancy subsidiary, where he was Managing Director.
He lived in Pakistan as PSI Country Director for four years, where he started and managed the largest reproductive health clinic social franchising programme in the world. Before joining PSI, Dana lived in two small villages in Togo and Mali, West Africa for five years, where he worked with women’s cooperatives, small enterprise development, and community development projects.
Dana earned a BA in Economics and Politics at the University of Notre Dame, and an MSc in International Political Economy at the London School of Economics, after which he joined the Peace Corps in Togo.
Dana is a Member of the World Economic Forum Global Advisory Council on Population Growth; Technical Advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation/KfW Output Based Aid Technical Advisory Group; Technical Advisor to the Foundation Strategy Group; and a Board Director of DKT International.
John Lotspeich, Communications Director
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Tracey McNeill, Vice President and Director of UK and Europe
Tracey McNeill joined Marie Stopes International in 2010 and leads its Senior Management Team for the UK and West Europe.
Tracey is a recognised leader in the independent healthcare sector and helped develop one of the UK’s most innovative healthcare companies, Circle Health. She has vast experience in quality improvement and compliance issues. Through her own consultancy company Tracey has opened a number of successful clinics and day surgery units. Prior to this, she was a hospital director for both Nuffield and BMI. Tracey trained as a clinician and has worked in both the public and private sectors in the UK.
Dr Paula Franklin, UK Medical Director, UK and Europe
Dr Paula Franklin joined Marie Stopes International in 2011. She is responsible for ensuring the organisation’s clinical services are of high quality, evidence based, innovative, and responsive to client needs and preferences. She has over 25 years experience in public and private health both in the UK and abroad.
For almost half her career, Dr Franklin worked for the global healthcare company Bupa, rising to hold the position of Director of Healthcare Development. Dr Franklin’s diverse experience includes advocacy work for the Children’s Defence Fund and drafting legislation on a Federal Immunisation Programme that was implemented by the US Congress.
She gained a Masters degree in Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, Maryland, and began her career in London in general medicine and general practice before moving to Barbados to work in their newly established health system.