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Senait Fisseha

Professor Fisseha, a reproductive endocrinologist, infertility specialist and a gender champion, is the Director of International Programs at the Buffett Foundation. She also chaired Dr. Tedros’ successful campaign in 2016-2017 as he was elected the first ever-African Director-General of WHO and led his transition team. She guided the recruitment of senior leadership from 14 countries, including all WHO regions, of which 60% are women. Born in Ethiopia, Dr. Fisseha earned an undergraduate degree from Rosary College in River Forest, Illinois, dual M.D. and J.D. degrees from Southern Illinois University, and a certificate in International Human Rights and Comparative Law from the University of Oxford. She completed her residency in obstetrics & gynecology and fellowship training in reproductive endocrinology & infertility at the University of Michigan (U-M). Dr. Fisseha was also the Chief of the division of reproductive endocrinology & infertility and the medical director of the University of Michigan’s Center for Reproductive Medicine; and the founding executive director of the Center for International Reproductive Health Training. She helped U-M forge partnerships with Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health and the St. Paul Hospital in Addis Ababa and was honored by the Ministry for her contributions to the sector. In 2016, the U-M Medical Center Alumni Society presented her its Early Distinguished Career Achievement Award.