Steven Sinding steps down as Chair of Trustees

After nine years – seven as Chair - Steven Sinding has this week retired from his role as Chair of the Alliance Board of Trustees where he has steered the organisation and overseen its transformation during a period of strong growth and organisational development.

In his passionate quest for linking people and programmes fighting for sexual and reproductive health and rights with those fighting for a world without AIDS, he has helped shape what the Alliance is today.

Dr Steven Sinding speaking at the Alliance's 20th Anniversary event held in 2014.Speaking at a special session held to mark his final Trustee meeting, Dr Sinding said “I have been honoured to have been part of a strong board that has always continued to attract first rate people with a diverse range of interests and perspectives that complement each other.”

Dr Sinding was formerly Director-General of IPPF. Alvaro Bermejo, Executive Director said:
“Steve truly believed in bringing these two communities [HIV and family planning] together. We have really appreciated that. It has brought huge credibility to the Alliance.”

Prior to joining IPPF, Dr Sinding held a variety of positions related to population, health and nutrition. Following a 20-year career at the United States Agency for International Development, he served as Population Advisor to the World Bank, Director of Population Sciences for the Rockefeller Foundation, and Professor of Population and Family Health at Colombia University.

Speaking in front of an audience of staff, representatives from the Alliance’s Linking Organisation in Indonesia (Rumah Cemara) and board members, Mr Bermejo complimented Dr Sinding’s clarity and understanding of the line between governance and management: “You have been fantastic. You have allowed us to make mistakes, but provided guidance and course correction when it was needed. We have been extraordinarily lucky to be able to work with you.”

In his closing remarks, Dr Sinding acknowledged the many challenges that lie ahead for the Alliance: “Linking Organisations work in ever more challenging environments, where money is getting tighter and donor interests are shifting. Yet they continue to support some of the most hard to reach communities in the world. I admire that.”

“I will miss the Alliance terribly. It has been a joy.”

Dr Sinding will be replaced by Martin Dinham, currently Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. Mr Dinham is retired Director General, International at the UK Department for International Development and previously Chair of the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.