Phillip Carter III, former U.S. Ambassador

Phillip Carter III (born 1959) is an American diplomat and career Foreign Service officer, who served as Ambassador to the Republic of Guinea from 2007 to 2008 and Ambassador to Ivory Coast from 2010 to 2013. More recently, he served as Deputy to the Commander for Civil Military Engagements, United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) in Stuttgart, Germany from 2013 to 2015.

At the State Department, Amb. Carter served as a Senior Advisor to the Africa Bureau and previously as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary from 2008 to 2010. He also served as the Africa Bureau’s Acting Assistant Secretary during the transition between the Bush and Obama Administrations. Carter has also served as the Director for West African Affairs and the Deputy Director in the Office for East African Affairs at the U.S. State Department.

Prior to that assignment, he was the Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) at the U.S. Embassy in Antananarivo, Madagascar and DCM in Libreville Gabon. Before his arrival in Gabon in 1997, he was an international financial economist in the State Department’s Office of Monetary Affairs in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs. During this period, he dealt with international debt and capital matters and served as the Department’s point-person on International Monetary Fund issues with Africa. From 1992-1994, he served as the Economic and Commercial Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh.[2]

Ambassador Carter received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and History from Drew University in 1980, and a Master of Arts Degree in International and Development Economics from Yale University in 1995.

Richard Cincotta

Richard Cincotta is a demographer who has focused on the demographic transition and its influences on political and economic development. He currently serves as the director of the Global Political Demography Program at the Stimson Center.  Previously, he has served as Director of Social Science and Demographic Programs in the National Intelligence Council’s Long Range Analysis Unit (2006-09) and as an AAAS Fellow in USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health (1992-1994). His publications on demographic topics have appeared in Foreign Policy, Current History, Nature, and Science, and he has contributed to the National Intelligence Council’s to its analysis of global trends, including, Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds (2012), and Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World (2008).  Dr. Cincotta has also served as the chair of the International Studies Association’s Political Demography and Geography Section. He trained as a population biologist, and is a graduate of Syracuse University/SUNY College of ESF (BS) and Colorado State University (MS, PhD).

Robert Engelman

Robert Engelman is an American author and former journalist who writes about the environment and population. He served as vice president of WorldWatch from 2007 to 2011 and as its president from 2011 until 2014. His book More: Population, Nature, and What Women Want was published in 2008.

Engelman began his career as a newspaper reporter, working for the Associated Press out of Mexico City in 1977. He subsequently worked for the Kansas City Times in Kansas City and Washington, D.C., and then for the (Denver) Rocky Mountain News as its Washington correspondent. He later joined the national reporting staff of Scripps Howard News Service, eventually serving as its science, health and environment correspondent.

In 1992 Engelman left journalism and founded a research program on population and the environment at Population Action International (PAI). He later became vice president for research at PAI. In 1997, he was among the founders of the Center for a New American Dream and served until 2007 as chair of its board of directors. While at PAI Engelman and colleagues published reports on the linkages of population dynamics and environmental change, one of them published in the journal Nature. In 2000 again in 2002 and 2003, Engelman served on the faculty of Yale University as a visiting lecturer on population and the environment.

Engelman received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Chicago and his Masters of Science from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, which in 1976 awarded him a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship.

John F. May

John May is a specialist on population policies.  During his international career, he was a lead demographer at the World Bank for 15 years and has worked before for the United Nations in Haiti and New Caledonia, as well as for the Futures Group International, a US consulting firm specializing in demographic modeling and policy. Recently, he spent also one year at the Center for Global Development (CGD) and five years at the Population Reference Bureau (PRB). In the course of his career he has worked for numerous international agencies, including the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP). He has published World Population Policies: Their Origin, Evolution, and Impact (Springer, 2012), which has received the Population Institute 2012 Global Media Award for best book in population. His most recent book is Africa’s Population: In Search of a Demographic Dividend (Springer, 2017), which he co-edited with Dr. Hans Groth, Chairman of the Board of the World Demography & Ageing Forum (WDA Forum) in St. Gallen, Switzerland.

Dr. May has a BA in Modern History (1973), a MA in demography (1985), which were both earned at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. He received his PhD summa cum laude from the University of Paris-V (Sorbonne) in 1996.

 Kathleen Mogelgaard

Kathleen Mogelgaard is an independent consultant with 20 years of experience in policy analysis, research, and teaching. She works with clients in Washington and globally to promote deeper understanding of linkages among issues that are critical for sustainable development, including population dynamics, reproductive rights, gender, climate change, and food security. Kathleen has participated as an observer in negotiations on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and has advocated for accelerated action for effective adaptation planning. Previously, she served as senior advisor at Population Action International, policy advisor at Oxfam America, assistant director of government relations at the National Audubon Society, and fellow at the Population Reference Bureau, where she provided research support and technical assistance for conservation and development projects in Africa and Asia. Kathleen was the lead researcher and writer of “Unfinished Business: The Pursuit of Rights and Choices for All,” the United Nations Population Fund’s 2019 State of World Population Report. She is a Sustainability Teaching Fellow at the University of Maryland, and holds masters degrees in public policy and natural resources from the University of Michigan.

Joseph Speidel, MD, MPH

Joe Speidel recently stepped down from the University of California’s Bixby Center, where he has served as a professor since 2003. Between 1995 and 2003, he directed the population grants program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation—a program that provided $35 million annually for more than 200 active grants for population training, services, research, and advocacy. Between 1983 and 1995, Dr. Speidel served as vice president and president of Population Action International. Previously, Dr. Speidel served as chief of the Research Division and acting director of the Office of Population at the US Agency for International Development, where he directed a $125 million annual program of population and family planning assistance.

Dr. Speidel recently served as founding co-chair and member of the board of the Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Health & Rights. He recently served as treasurer of the board of Provide and secretary of the board of Venture Strategies Innovations. He is the author of more than100 articles and chapters and editor or author of 14 books and monographs on issues relating to family planning, contraception and population.

He received his Bachelor of Arts in chemistry and physics from Harvard University.  He also received his Doctor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School, and his Masters in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, Masters in Public Health

Dr. Negussie Teffera

A recognized leader in family planning, Dr. Negussie recently stepped down as the Population Media Center’s Country Representative in Ethiopia, a position he served in since 2000. In that capacity he oversaw production of radio serial dramas and training of media practitioners using the Sabido methodology. He has over 30 years of experience in the development sector. Some of his affiliations includes Head of Foreign Affairs, Justice and Information Bureau in the Office of the Prime Minister with a rank of Vice Minister, and Head of National Office of Population, Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, with a rank of a Minister. Dr. Negussie was the Chairman of the National Committee which drafted the National Population Policy of Ethiopia. He was also the Chairman of the Task Force which developed the first National Population Communication IEC and Advocacy Strategy for Ethiopia.

Dr. Negussie Teffera a winner of The 2011 African Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Communication Strategy for Social Development has also published several journal articles, and papers and books in Communications.

Negussie holds Ph.D in Communications, MA in Journalism studies from the University of Wales, UK, M.Ed from University College Cardiff, UK. and BA in Political Science and Government from Addis Ababa University.