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Temmerman Marleen

Elected: 2018

Country (Nationality)



Medical & Health Sciences



PhD, Ghent University, Belgium, 1993
MPH, Free University Brussels, Belgium, 1985
OB/GYN, Board Certification, Ministry of Public Health, Belgium, 1983
DTM&H, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, 1979
MD, State University Ghent, Belgium, 1978



Management Development Programme, UZ Gent,(2009)
Certificate of Tropical Medicine, ITM, Antwerp, Belgium, 1979
Certificate of Medicine cum Laude, Ghent University, Belgium, 1978
Classics, O-L-Vr Ten Doorn, Eeklo, Belgium, 1970

Current areas of teaching

Global health
Women's health and rights 
Reproductive, maternal, newborn and adolescent health 
Implementation science and research

Research interests

Prof Temmerman has a strong academic and scientific background with over 500 publications and books in the area of women’s health, with a Hirsch index of 75. She has supervised many PhD students in Europe, Africa, Latin-America and China and received several awards and honours for her research and advocacy work


Full Professor, Chair Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Director Women’s Health, Faculty of Heath Sciences, Aga Khan University in East Africa,2015 to date
Full Professor OB/GYN, Ghent University, Belgium, 1995-current;(leave of absence since 2012)
Head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Ghent University Hospital, Belgium,(2008-2012)
Director, International Centre for Reproductive Health, Ghent University, Belgium,1994-2012
Senator, Belgian Parliament (2007-2012)
Member of UN/WHO Independent Expert Review Group on Information and Accountability for Women’s and Children’s Health (2010-2012)

Professional associations

Member of KOGS (Kenya Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society) 
Associate member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Commissioner in the Guttmacher-Lancet Commission on Sexual and Reproductive Health in the post-2015 world
Senior Fellow in the Institute for Global Health Diplomacy in Geneva
Senior WHO Advisor in Women, Adolescent and Child Health
Member of the EDCTP Scientific Advisory Committee
Commissioner in the Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing
Member Scientific Advisory Committee, Chair of the HIV working Group of The European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) 
Member of the Expert Group on Contraception, European Parliamentary Forum
Member of the Advisory Board of Women Deliver WD2019
Member of the UNFPA Global Advisory Council
Member of the Guttmacher-Lancet Commission on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the post-2015 world
Member of the Lancet Standing Commission on Adolescent Health
Senior Fellow in the Institute for Global Health Diplomacy in Geneva
UNESCO-AKU Chair on Youth Leadership in Science, Health, Gender and Education at the Aga Khan University
Member of the Expert Advisory Group (EAG), G-FINDER reproductive health report, PolicyCures
Member of KOGS (Kenya OBS/GYN Society)
Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee of KARSCOM, Kenya AIDS Research Coordination Mechanism, Ministry of Health, Kenya, and member of the Maisha
Maarifa HIV/SRH Research Hub of the Kenyan National AIDS Control Council (NACC)
Member of KMWA, Kenya Medical Women Association
Member of the Advisory Committee of the First Lady’s Beyond Zero Advocacy Platform, Kenya
Member of the Kenya National Domestication of the Global AA-HA! Guidance Committee on Adolescent Health
Member Research Committee, Health Department, Kilifi County Government
Member of the Steering Committee Medical School, Technical University of Mombasa
Chair of the Regional Maternal-Newborn Steering Committee, AKU-AKHS
Chair of the AKU Ethics Review Board
Board Member International Centre for Reproductive Health (ICRH)- Kenya


Awards and honours

The IUSTI annual Prestigious Lecture award 2018 from The International Union against Sexually Transmitted Infections (IUSTI). Plenary address at the organisation’s annual conference in Dublin, entitled Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. Dublin, June 2018
KMWA Award (Kenya Medical Women Association Award), in recognition of outstanding and consistent work on women sexual and reproductive health and gender based violence. Nairobi, November 2018
Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences, Pretoria, December 2018
UNESCO Chair on Youth Leadership in Science, Health, Gender and Education at the Aga Khan University, September 2018
Concurrent Professorship, Fudan University, May 2017
EDCTP Award for Outstanding Female Scientist, November 2016
Marie Popelin Award for Women’s Rights, a 5-yearly award established by the National Women’s Council Belgium, January 2016
Top 100 Women Leaders in Global Health, The Graduate Institute/Global Health Program, Switzerland, 2015
Honorary Professorship, National Institute Family Planning Research China, Beijing, October 2015
FIGO Distinguished Merit Award, Vancouver, September 2015
Gold Medal of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and Arts, December 2014
Award for Free-thinking and Humanism by the Humanism Association Belgium, June 2013
Honorary Membership Award of the Club of Rome by H.R.H Prince Philippe of Belgium, June 2013
Association of European Parliamentarians with Africa (AWEPA) - ‘Peace Women Award 2011’, Brussels, 12 December 2011
Honorary Doctorate, Faculty of Community and Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, 21 September 2011
Honorary Doctorate, Faculty of Medicine, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, 25 May 2011
BMJ Lifetime Achievement Award 2010, London, March 2010
FIGO Award in recognition of Women Obstetricians-Gynaecologists, Cape Town, October 2009