LAFF Society


When friends get together...


Radhika Balakrishnan, left, and Natalia Kanem, are pictured outside the United Nations headquarters building in New York City during a recent get-together. Radhika heads the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers, in New Jersey, and Natalia recently was named executive director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
Radhika then had a reunion with two other old friends and colleagues from Ford, Anne Kubisch, in the center, and Nicola Jones on the right. Anne was with the Foundation from 1984 to 1996 in the Latin America and Caribbean program, the Lagos office and the Urban Poverty program. Nicola worked at Ford from 1988 to 1998 in the Lagos and Manila offices and in the Reproductive Health program.
And Natalia Kanem was off to chair the Ninth Asia and Pacific Conference on Sexual and Reproductive Rights, in Vietnam, where she re-connected with Lia Sciortino, who worked in the Jakarta and Manila offices from 1993 to 2000 and now is director of Southeast Asia Junction in Bangkok, an organization she founded to foster “understanding and appreciation” of the region.



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