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Professor Senait Fisseha

Reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist and a lifelong gender champion Senait Fisseha is a global leader in expanding access to reproductive health services, especially in developing countries. Professor Fisseha is currently the Director of International Programs at the Buffett Foundation. Professor Fisseha chaired Dr. Tedros’ successful campaign in 2016-2017 as he was elected the first ever African Director-General of the World Health Organization and led his transition team. She guided the recruitment of the senior leadership team that for the first time represented top talent from 14 countries, including all WHO regions, and is 60% 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 and gynecology and fellowship training in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the University of Michigan (U-M). Previously, Dr. Fisseha was the Chief of the division of reproductive endocrinology & infertility and the medical director of the University of Michigan’s Center for Reproductive Medicine. She was also the founding executive director of the Center for International Reproductive Health Training (CIHRT). She helped U-M forge strong partnerships with Ethiopia’s Ministry of Health and the St. Paul Hospital Millennium Medical College in Addis Ababa and was honored by the Ethiopian Ministry of Health in 2013 for her contributions to the health sector. In 2016, the U-M Medical Center Alumni Society presented her its Early Distinguished Career Achievement Award.