Dr Anu Kumar is President and CEO of Ipas, an international organisation which works to support safe, accessible abortion provision.
Anu joined Ipas in 2002 as Executive Vice President. In that role, she had oversight of Ipas’s fundraising and communications efforts, started a new technical area working with communities and pioneered work on abortion stigma. In 2016, she became Ipas’s first Chief Strategy and Development Officer and lead the organizational strategic planning process, along with fundraising, partnership development and technical innovation. In her tenure at Ipas, she has overseen technical and operational aspects of the organization from finance to medical abortion. Anu has been involved in the creation of several new country programs for Ipas including in Indonesia, Myanmar and Mozambique. Anu has a master’s degree and a PhD in anthropology and a master’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.