Chairperson

Hon. Professor Keizo Takemi, MP, Japan

AFPPD Chairperson
Hon. Professor Keizo Takemi is a member of the House of Councillors in Japan, and former Senior Vice-Minister of Health, Labour, and Welfare. Hon. Professor Takemi is currently AFPPD's Chairperson and Co-chair of the Standing Committee on Active Ageing. In April 2016, Hon. Professor Takemi co-hosted the Global Conference of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (GCPPD) toward the 2016 G7 Ise-Shima Summit. He spearheaded the adoption of the GCPPD Declaration and Recommendations to the G7 Summit, which greatly contributed to the G7 Ise-Shima Leaders’ Declaration and the Ise-Shima Vision for Global Health. Hon. Professor Takemi is also a current Member of the UN High-Level Task Force for the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD).

Vice-Chairpersons

Hon. Mrs. Ann Sudmalis, MP, Australia

Vice-Chairperson
Hon. Mrs. Ann Sudmalis serves as Member of Parliament, representing the Division of Gilmore in New South Wales. She is also the current Acting Chair for the Australian Parliamentary Group on Population and Development. Hon. Mrs. Sudmalis has been a member of the Liberal Party since 2006 and is currently a member of the Coalition Policy Committees for Education, Defence and Veterans Affairs, Infrastructure and Regional Development. Apart from being an advocate to improve local projects, she has the parliamentary responsibilities of a Committee Member of the Parliamentary Education Office Advisory Committee, Joint Standing Committees of Education and Employment and the Standing Health Committee.

Hon. Professor Wang Longde, MP, China

Vice-Chairperson
Hon. Professor Wang Longde serves as Member of Parliament, Vice-Chair of AFPPD and Co-Chair of AFPPD’s Standing Committee of Active Ageing. Hon. Professor Longde has a demonstrated experience and commitment for health, family planning and healthy ageing, and plays a significant leadership role in public health in China. He is currently the President of the Chinese Preventive Medicine Association, the Chairman of the Expert Committee of Diseases Prevention and Control, and the National Health and Family Planning Commission of the People’s Republic of China. Hon. Professor Longde is also a member of the 12th Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China and has served as Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Health for twelve years. Additionally, he is an academician at the Chinese Academy of Engineering, having authored over 100 papers and more than 30 books related to public health, preventive medicine, epidemiology and disease control.

Hon. Professor P.J. Kurien, MP, India

Vice-Chairperson
Hon. Professor P. J. Kurien has served as Deputy Chairman of the Upper House of the Indian Parliament since 2012. He is one of the longest serving office bearers of AFPPD with Union Cabinet Minister status. Hon. Professor Kurien has also been working as the Chairman of the Indian Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (IAPPD) on ICPD issues, which is AFPPD’s National Committee in India. He recently chaired the session on country reporting during AFPPD’s 11th General Assembly. He is a well-known champion on the ICPD/MDGs/SDGs issues. Hon. Professor Kurien is a Member of the Indian National Congress party and has previously worked as the Union Minister from 1991 to 1993 in the Government.

Hon. Rep. Teodoro (Teddy) Brawner Baguilat, Jr., MP, Philippines

Vice-Chairperson
Hon. Mr. Teddy Baguilat serves as Member of Parliament representing the Liberal Party of the Philippines. He is the newly elected Chairperson of the Philippine Legislators Committee on Population and Development (PLCPD) in the lower chamber of Congress. Most notable of PLCPD’s work was the passage of the Responsible Parenthood Law. Hon. Mr. Baguilat is one of the few Members of Congress who is vocal against extra-judicial killings and the reinstatement of the death penalty. He has advocated for the protection and promotion of indigenous peoples’ rights, welfare, and privileges; the protection of the environment; transparency and accountability in the government; women’s and children’s rights; agrarian reform; food and nutrition security; among others.

Hon. Ms. Gulmira Issimbayeva, MP, Kazakhstan

Vice-Chairperson
Hon. Ms. Gulmira Issimbayeva has been a member of the Mazhilis (lower chamber) of the Parliament of Kazakhstan since 2007. At the first session of Mazhilis of the VI Convocation, Hon. Ms. Issimbayeva was elected as Vice-Speaker of the Mazhilis of Parliament. She is also the Head of the parliamentary faction of the ruling party Nur Otan. Hon. Ms. Issimbayeva started her professional career as a school teacher. From 1990 to 1993, she served as a member of the Supreme Council of Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic and as the Deputy Chair of Education and Science Committee. From 1993 to 2007, Hon. Ms. Issimbayeva was the Head of the Education Department of Almaty City and has authored a major textbook for primary schools in Kazakhstan.

Secretary-General

Hon. Dr. Jetn Sirathranont, MP, Thailand

Secretary-General
Hon. Dr. Jetn Sirathranont has been the Secretary-General of AFPPD since 2014. Hon. Dr. Sirathranont is a medical doctor and has been working on health issues as a legislator. In his capacity as the current Chairperson of Thailand’s National Legislative Assembly’s (NLA) Public Health Committee as well as AFPPD’s Secretary-General, Hon. Dr. Sirathranont is leading advocacy efforts to address teenage pregnancy issues through a Reproductive Health Protection Bill in Thailand. Hon. Dr. Sirathranont has served twice as member of the Senate of Thailand from 2008 to 2011 and from 2011 to 2014. From 2013 to 2014, he was the Chairperson of the Standing Committee of Public Health of the Senate.

Treasurer

H.E. Mrs. Lork Kheng, MP, Cambodia

Treasurer
H.E. Mrs. Lork Kheng serves as Member of Parliament representing the Cambodian People’s Party. She has started her position in the Commission on Public Health and Women Affairs, followed by the Commission on Finance and Auditing and the Commission on Human Rights. H.E. Mrs. Keng was also the Treasurer of the Phnom Penh branch of the Cambodian Red Cross, and has now become its Deputy President. Prior to her political career, H.E. Mrs. Kheng was a successful business woman in the areas of construction and education. She has established the Eye Care Optic Center, which was the leading company among optic business in Cambodia. She has actively promoted social well-being campaigns around the suburbs of Phnom Penh and achieved significant results in reducing HIV/AIDS rates.

Members

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Member

Hon. Mr. Nguyen Hoang Mai, MP, Vietnam

Member
Hon. Mr. Nguyen Hoang Mai currently serves as Member of the National Assembly and Vice Chairperson of the Vietnam Parliamentary Committee on Social Affairs (PCSA). Previously, he was the Director of the Department for Social Affairs (DSA) at the Vietnam National Assembly Office from 2012 to 2016, as well as the Deputy Director of the same department from 2004 to 2012. From 1991 to 1995, he was a Researcher of Marxism-Leninism and Ho Chi Minh Ideology. On September 2016, Hon. Mr. Mai participated in AFPPD's inaugural Standing Committee Meeting on Active Ageing in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Hon. Lord Tu’ivakano, MP, Tonga

Member
Hon. Lord Tu’ivakano has been the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga since 2015. He is also a member of the Finance and Public Accounts Committee, the Social Services Committee, the Environment and Climate Change Committee, among others. He strongly supports the Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) campaign in the Pacific. Previously, Hon. Lord Tu’ivakano was elected as Prime Minister in December 2010, following a constitutional reform in which the Prime Minister was elected by the Parliament rather than appointed by the Monarch. In March 2005, he was appointed as a Cabinet Minister. From 2002 to 2004, he was appointed as the Speaker of Parliament by His Majesty the King of Tonga.

Standing Committees

Hon. Ms. Jo Hayes, MP, New Zealand

Co-chairperson, Standing Committee on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment
Hon. Ms. Jo Hayes has been Third Whip and Member of Parliament for the New Zealand National Party List since 2014. She is currently a member of the Local Government and Environment Committee, and the Māori Affairs Committee. She is also the Co-Chair of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians NZ Group. Hon. Ms. Hayes has worked in a number of industries including education, local government, health and social services. However, it is her 11 year tenure in the health sector at both NGO and DHB levels that she is most proud of while adding social services and health auditing to her set of executive management expertise. Previously, she was a member of the Electoral and Justice Committee.

Hon. Lord Fusitu'a, MP, Tonga

Co-chairperson, Standing Committee on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment
Hon. Lord Fusitu’a serves as Member of Parliament for the Niuas, Legislative Assembly of the Kingdom of Tonga, and Co-Chairperson of AFPPD’s Standing Committee on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment. He has participated in AFPPD’s activities since 2013, and is a strong advocate of the International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action (ICPD PoA) in the Kingdom of Tonga and in the Pacific Region. He is a member of the Standing Committee on Privileges, Standing Committee on Legislation, Standing Committee on Social Services and Standing Committee for Retirement Fund Board. Lord Fusitu’a also serves as Barrister of the High Court of Australia, Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of the Australian Capital Territory, and Law Practitioner of the Supreme Court of Tonga.

Hon. Ms. Mahalaxmi Dina Upadhyay, MP, Nepal

Co-chairperson, Standing Committee on Investing in Youth
Hon. Ms. Dina Mahalaxmi Upadhyay is a member of parliament representing the Nepali Congress, which is the largest party of Nepal. She also serves as the State Minister of Water Resource, President of the Community and Women Development Center (CWDC), Chairperson of the National Forum of Parliamentarians for Population and Development (NFPPD), Nepal, and Co-Chair of the AFPPD Standing Committee on Investing in Youth. Previously, she was a member of the Drafting Committee of Constitution on Fundamental Rights and Directive Principle. Hon. Ms. Upadhyay has a strong interest in social and development issues. She has extensive training on: HIV/AIDS/STI awareness; non-formal education; leadership development and women; skill management and market management; safe motherhood and reproductive health; and community development and sanitation.

Hon. Mrs. Khayriniso Yusufi, MP, Tajikistan

Co-chairperson, Standing Committee on Investing in Youth
Hon. Ms. Khayriniso Yusufi is the Vice-Speaker of the lower house of the Parliament and the Co-Chair of the AFPPD Standing Committee on Investing in Youth. She has been a member of the Parliament since 2008 representing the "People Democracy Party of Tajikistan." Hon. Ms. Yusufi started her political career in 1987 when she became the First Secretary of the Young Communist League in her hometown, Pedjikent. After several years of leadership roles, she became the Vice-Prime Minister of the Republic of Tajikistan in 2004. Upon leaving this position, Hon. Ms. Yusufi became the Chair of the National Committee on Family and Women Affairs. In 2014, she led the establishment of the National Committee on Population and Development and became its Chairperson. One of her major accomplishments as a legislator was the adoption of the Law on Domestic Violence, which was the first legislation of its kind in Tajikistan.

Secretariat

Ms. Mika Marumoto, Ph.D., Japan

AFPPD Executive Director
Ms. Mika Marumoto is the Executive Director of the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development (AFPPD). Mika is currently working with AFPPD’s Standing Committees on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, Investing in Youth, and Active Ageing. Prior to her current position, Mika was a special advisor for management and governance, serving on the AFPPD Task Force on Transparency, Accountability and Governance. Mika also worked as a development practitioner and strategy consultant for organizations including the ADB, UNFPA, UNDP, the World Bank Group, and McKinsey & Company.