Babatunde Ahonsi UN Resident Coordinator in China, a.i.
Dr. Babatunde A. Ahonsi took office as interim UN Resident Coordinator in China on 26 June 2020. Prior to the assignment, he served as UNFPA Representative in China from 2017, concurrently serving as Country Director for Mongolia since 1 September 2019, and as UNFPA Representative in Ghana between 2014 and 2017.
Before joining the United Nations, Dr. Ahonsi held two senior international positions. He served as Senior Program Officer with the Ford Foundation (Office for West Africa) 1997-2008, where his work contributed to the fielding of several important national policy initiatives, & the emergence of several internationally reputable indigenous NGOs in the women’s rights, youth development & sexual and reproductive health (SRH) fields across West Africa. As Population Council’s Country Director for Nigeria, 2010-2014, he oversaw significant expansion and deepening of its programs in SRH, gender and youth. He had also lectured at federal universities in Ilorin, Calabar and Lagos, Nigeria during the late 1980s and from 1993-1997.
Dr. Ahonsi has served as a Trustee of International Women’s Health Coalition, New York (2010-2014), and on the inaugural Board of the UN University’s International Institute for Global Health, Kuala Lumpur (2008-2014). He also served on the External Advisory Group for the development of UNFPA’s 2014-2017 Strategic Plan (New York, 2013), the Gender and Rights Advisory Panel of the WHO’s Department of Reproductive Health & Research (Geneva; 2002-2008), and the Task Force for the Gendering of all Activities and Structures of CODESRIA (Dakar: 1996). He was a guest researcher at the Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, Sweden (Jan-March 2009). He has published widely in scientific journals and books and is a member of the Editorial Boards of African Population Studies, Journal of Integrative Medicine, and African Journal of Reproductive Health.
Dr. Ahonsi is a national of Nigeria and holds a BSc (First Class Honors) degree in Sociology from the University of Lagos, Nigeria; and a PhD in Population Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, England.