Karen Newman

Karen is an international advocacy, policy, gender, evaluation, governance and development professional with more than 20 years’ experience managing and evaluating health and human rights projects and programmes across the globe.  After stepping down as Co-ordinator of the UK-based Population and Sustainability Network, she continues to work on a range of global sustainable development issues.  A persuasive speaker, experienced facilitator and skilled negotiator, Karen is a clear thinker and decision-maker, with an extensive background in generating strategic planning and change management within non-governmental organizations throughout and beyond Europe.  A past Chair of the World Health Organization Gender and Rights Advisory Panel, and founder member of both the FP2020 Rights and Empowerment Working Group, and the Marie Stopes International Ethical Review Committee, Karen has written and published widely, and has taken leading media, policy and advocacy roles, including working with different governance committees to advance policies on a range of controversial issues, and negotiating at key international and UN conferences related to sexual and reproductive health and rights.  Since establishing her consultancy in 2003, Karen’s client base includes a range of global and UK-based governmental and non-governmental organizations.  Her technical skills combine sexual and reproductive health and rights, HIV/AIDS, gender, particularly with respect to reproductive health research, human rights and sustainable development, including expertise in the sensitivities surrounding the discourse on the links between population dynamics, climate change and sustainable development.  She has significant training, media, monitoring and evaluation, strategic planning and advocacy expertise.  Her programme management expertise spans the project development cycle, from project inception through fundraising, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, report-writing and completion, and she is a visiting lecturer at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.