Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health


Dr Carmen Barroso

Carmen Barroso is the Regional Director of International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR). Among her responsibilities is the leadership of a comprehensive accreditation system to ensure accountability among member associations.

She taught reproductive health and rights as Hubert Humphrey Distinguished Professor at Macalester College and research methods at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. She was also a senior researcher with the Chagas Foundation, where she pioneered innovative evaluation methods and later created Brazil’s first and foremost women's studies center.

Dr. Barroso became the first non-American to be appointed as director in the US MacArthur Foundation. She serves on several boards and international commissions, including the International AIDS Alliance, IBIS, and PAHO’s Panel on Gender and Health that she co-chairs.

Carmen Barroso holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University. She has numerous articles in professional journals and popular media in Brazil and internationally, and has consulted for many international and intergovernmental agencies. Dr Barroso was a Visiting Scholar at Cornell University and received several academic and public service awards, including Ford Foundation and Fulbright Scholarships, and recently was named among the world’s 100 most influential leaders for maternal health by Women Deliver.