Julia Mayersohn

Julia Mayersohn - 2019 Nominee
Position: Manager, Adolescence
Organization: Children's Investment Fund Foundation
Current Location: Kenya -Nairobi
MsC from London School of Economics
75 Public Votes Reached!
Julia has shown exceptional skills in developing and implementing SRH service delivery programmes in Africa and South Asia. She designed the most successful ASRH services delivery programme (C4C) in Kenya, which was recognized by the government, Gates – Faustina Fynn- Nyame, Executive Director, Africa at Ciff
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have spent ten years leading programmes in this sector, eight of them in Africa and the Pacific. I have led the programme implementation teams of Marie Stopes Papua New Guinea and Kenya, managed projects in MSI Uganda and now oversee a portfolio of Adolescent SRH interventions for The Children's Investment Fund Foundation.
Some of my career highlights include:
- Securing resources to scale the In Their Hands Programme, a digital platform that empowers girls seeking services
- Growing the Choice 4 Change ASRH Programme in Kenya from pilot to national impact
- Overhauling communications materials in Papua New Guinea to reflect consumer insights
- Co-designing a successful, integrated SRH delivery programme in Uganda with the sex workers and sexual minorities it would serve

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Early in my career, I visited a Marie Stopes Outreach site in rural Uganda. I asked one of the clients what her dreams were now that she had access to FP. She looked at me like I was crazy. "What dreams?" she said "With all these children at home, I just exist". She already had 7 of her own children and was carer for 4 of her brother's orphans. Her husband was gone and she was a subsistence farmer. I realized how much more of an impact we could have made if only we had reached her earlier.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

A theme of my leadership has been connecting compassion with private sector cost discipline. In Kenya, I managed a 25-centre network that had struggled to balance equity with sustainability. By improving understanding of fixed and marginal costs I ensured that no one was turned away for inability to pay while doubling the income of our clinics. At CIFF, I analyzed cost data to build cost reduction plans which have secured millions in additional funding while retaining subsidies for the poor.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

I will use this platform to continue the part of my career that has been most rewarding for me - mentoring the next generation of leaders. I am immensely proud of what has been achieved by my former staff and mentees.
I will use the $1,000 to continue a series of leadership conversations that I have been hosting out of pocket. I circulate a leadership article and discuss it over lunch with a group of new and aspiring Kenyan managers. With these funds, we will grow to include young advocates.

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