WASHINGTON, D.C., Apr 7, 2010 – The board of directors of the International Center for
Research on Women (ICRW) has named Sarah Degnan Kambou as interim president of the
organization, effective April 12. The transition comes as Geeta Rao Gupta steps down April 9
after 20 years with the organization, 13 as its president. Degnan Kambou will carry out interim
duties while the board continues its search for a new president.
Degnan Kambou has served as ICRW’s chief operating officer since 2008, and before that was
vice president of the health and development group which comprised three research portfolios
focusing on gender, HIV and AIDS, reproductive health and nutrition, and gender, violence and
rights. Prior to joining ICRW, Degnan Kambou served with CARE in West and Southern Africa
for more than a decade. She also worked for eight years at Boston University’s School of Public
Health, managing the Center for International Health.
In addition to her new duties, Degnan Kambou will continue in her current capacity as ICRW’s
chief operating officer where she oversees the organization’s research and programs, finance
and administration and human resources departments as well as ICRW’s Asia Regional Office.
“We are pleased that Sarah will take on this leadership role,” said Jeanne Warner, chair of
ICRW’s board. “Her deep knowledge of the institution combined with her expertise in gender
and development are the right blend of qualities necessary to steer the organization during this
“This is a remarkable time for ICRW as the world is paying more attention to the role that
women and girls can play in advancing economies and societies and, increasingly, how to
engage men and boys when it comes to the issue of gender equality,” Degnan Kambou said.
“We are dedicated to this mission by building on our strong body of research to create the
solutions for lasting change.”
About International Center for Research on Women (ICRW)
ICRW is a leading international research organization that works to empower women, advance
gender equality and fight poverty in the developing world. To accomplish this, ICRW works with
partners in the public and private sectors and civil society to conduct empirical research, build
capacity and advocate for evidence-based practical ways to change policies and programs.
ICRW has a Regional Asia Office in New Delhi, India, and project offices in Hyderabad and
Mumbai in India. Learn more about ICRW and its work at www.icrw.org.