On November 9, 2011, Roosevelt House hosted a conversation with Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and UN Under-Secretary-General.


Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin is the fourth Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund. He holds the rank of Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Before this appointment, Dr. Osotimehin served as the Minister of Health of Nigeria. Prior to that position, he was the Director-General of the Nigerian National Agency for the Control of AIDS, which coordinates all HIV and AIDS work in a country of about 160 million people.

Dr. Osotimehin qualified as a medical doctor from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, in 1972, and then went to the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, where he received a doctorate in medicine in 1979. He is a member of the United Kingdom’s Royal College of Physicians and was, between 1996 and 1997, a visiting fellow at the Harvard Centre for Population and Development Studies. In 2006, he was inducted as a fellow of the prestigious Nigerian Academy of Sciences.

In recognition of his contributions, especially as a leader of Nigeria’s response to HIV and AIDS, he was awarded the national honor of Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) in December 2005.


Conversation with Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA | Posted on November 9th, 2011 | Human Rights Program Events, Public Programs