Dr. Teija Kulmala of Finland is new secretary general of IANPHI.

Dr. Teija Kulmala of Finland, a physician with broad experience in international research and development collaborations, is IANPHI’s new  secretary general. She was named to the post by the IANPHI Executive Board during the 2010 Annual Meeting, October 31-November 2, 2010 in Atlanta, USA. 

Dr. Kulmala is a specialist in gynecology and obstetrics with a focus on international reproductive health. In addition to her work with IANPHI, she will continue to serve as chief physician at the Kangasala Health Centre. She has worked in or conducted consultations in several countries in Africa and Asia including two years in Malawi. In addition to her work at the Family Federation of Finland (Väestöliitto) as medical adviser and senior researcher, she taught at the University of Tampere where she still supervises post-graduate students. She has authored many international journal articles. Her research has been recognized by the Academy of Finland as well as the Finnish Association of Gynecologists and Obstetricians who granted her the Seth Wichman price for research work in 2009. 

Dr. Kumala will lead the IANPHI-THL (National Institute for Health and Welfare) secretariat including staff, consultants, and project sites as well as programmatic, policy and planning activities, and collaborations with other organizations. In coordination with the IANPHI U.S. Secretariat at Emory University, she will coordinate IANPHI executive board meetings, the annual General Assembly, and organizational governance, and membership issues.

She succeeds former Secretary General Pekka Jousilahti, who resigned in August to pursue projects in noncommunicable diseases and injury prevention and control in Mongolia.
Teija Kumala