Islamabad - Renowned researcher and demographer Dr Zeba Sathar, Country Director Population Council Pakistan, has been named as Guttmacher-Lancet Commission on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights commissioner.

The Commission has been established to articulate a forward-looking and evidence-based vision for sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) priorities worldwide. Experts will identify sexual and reproductive health and rights priorities for the next 15 years. The 14 commissioners, recognised experts from an array of disciplines and geographic regions, will work with the Commission.

Dr Zeba Sathar is a senior associate and she joined the Council in 1994 as a deputy representative in the Islamabad office, where she conducted research on fertility and family planning, planned and implemented research projects, and managed relationships with donors. Prior to joining the Council, Sathar was chief of research and demography at the Pakistan Institute of Development Economics and a population consultant with the World Bank in Islamabad.

In 2006, Sathar received the Tamgha-i-Imtiaz award by the President of Pakistan in recognition of her public service to the development sector in Pakistan. She is also the first Pakistani to be elected to the governing council of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population, and is a co-lead of FP2020’s Performance, Monitoring and Accountability working group.