International Advisory Committee


Diana Namumbejja AbwoyeDiana Namumbejja Abwoye is a MSN-Family Nurse Practitioner candidate at Simmons University. A board member and global partner of Our Bodies Ourselves, she translated and published relevant chapters of Our Bodies Ourselves’ latest edition into Luganda and continues to travel across Uganda hosting discussions with rural women and availing free copies of her translation. 

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Renu Adhikari is the Founding Chairperson of Women’s Rehabilitation Centre (WOREC) Nepal, National Alliance of Women Human Rights Defenders (NAWHRD), and Tarangini Foundation. As a medical doctor and public health professional, she has worked to establish preventive and curative health programs for rural Nepali women.

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Alana CattapanAlana Cattapan is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo, where she studies gendered inclusion in policy making, identifying links between the state, reproductive politics, and the commercialization of the body. She is also a board member of the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women and in the organizing group Rise Up! A Digital Archive of Feminist Activism. 

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Ayesha ChatterjeeAyesha Chatterjee is the former Program Manager at the Our Bodies Ourselves Global Initiative. Her leadership at OBOS resulted in culturally adapted resources based on Our Bodies, Ourselves in 12 languages and the development and launch of the Surrogacy360 website.

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Kristen CheneyKristen Cheney is Associate Professor of Children and Youth Studies for the International Institute of Social Studies, a graduate development studies institute in The Hague, Netherlands. In 2014, she hosted the International Forum on Intercountry Adoption and Global Surrogacy there.

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Raquel CoolRaquel Cool is a founding member of We Are Egg Donors (WAED), a volunteer-run women’s health organization with 2,000+ egg donor members across the world. WAED is regularly featured in media outlets including The New York Times, The Atlantic, NBC, WIRED, and others.

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Daisy DeomampoDaisy Deomampo is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Fordham University. She is a cultural and medical anthropologist whose research interests include science and technology studies, gender and critical race studies, and bioethics and social justice.

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Isabel FuldaIsabel Fulda holds a B.A. in Political Science and International Relations and an M.A. on Legal and Political Theory from UCL, London. Since 2012, she has worked at GIRE (Grupo de Información en Reproducción Elegida/Information Group on Reproductive Choice), a Mexican NGO dedicated to the promotion and defense of reproductive rights and justice, in different positions.

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Amrita PandeAmrita Pande, author of Wombs in Labor: Transnational Commercial Surrogacy in India (Columbia University Press, 2014), is Associate Professor in the sociology department at University of Cape Town. Her research focuses on the intersection of globalization and the intimate.

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Cathy Sakimura

Cathy Sakimura is the Deputy Director and Family Law Director at the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Cathy also founded and oversees NCLR’s Family Protection Project, which improves access to family law services for low-income LGBT parents and their children, with a focus on increasing services to families of color.

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Deepa Venkatachalam is with Sama Resource Group for Women and Health, based in Delhi, India. She has been engaged over the past several years in research and policy advocacy on assisted reproductive technologies and surrogacy.

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