Gill Greer, CBE, MNZM, PhD

Dr Gill Greer currently serves as the CEO of Volunteer Service Abroad, a New Zealand NGO sending volunteers to work with partner organizations in the Pacific and Asia, to achieve positive change in health, education, business and other key areas of development.

From 2006-2011 Dr Greer served as Director General of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, the world’s largest international sexual and reproductive health NGO, working in 172 countries providing advocacy, education and sexual and reproductive health services, including maternal health, HIV/AIDS, family planning and adolescent health. During this time she also served on the Board of ICON, IPPF’s company focused on the procurement and distribution of clinic commodities. Prior to her work with IPPF, Dr Greer served as Executive Director of the Family Planning Association of New Zealand where she was involved in international and regional advocacy training and initiatives, including chairing the Asia Pacific Alliance, and was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to family planning in 2005. From 1996-1998 Dr Greer was Assistant Vice Chancellor Equity and Human Resources, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Her early career was in education at secondary and tertiary levels.

Throughout her career Dr Greer has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to health, education, sustainable development, women’s empowerment, and human rights. She is passionate about strengthening civil society and building high performing organizations that are effective, ethical, and accountable and can clearly demonstrate their impact.

Dr Greer was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to international health and women’s rights in 2012.  She continues to be in high demand as a speaker, facilitator, chairperson, and board member.