Dr Gill Greer has been CEO of Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) since July 2012. From 2006-2011 she was Director General of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), an international non-governmental organisation, with members in 172 countries providing advocacy, education and health services, including maternal health, HIV/AIDS, family planning and adolescent health. Prior to this she was Executive Director of the Family Planning Association of New Zealand, and Family Planning International where she was involved in national, international and regional advocacy and training, and a member of New Zealand delegations to the UN for the Commission on the Status of Women, and the Commission on Population and Development.
In 2012 she was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to international health and women’s rights, and a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to family planning and literature in 2005. In 2011 she was voted by Women Deliver as one of the “100 most inspiring people who have delivered for girls and women.”
From 1996-1998 she was Assistant Vice Chancellor Equity and Human Resources, Victoria University where she had been Director of Student Services, and tutored and lectured in English and Women’s Studies. She also served on the Council. Previously she taught at secondary and tertiary levels.
She has written several books, and numerous articles and papers and been a freelance broadcaster, and consultant. In May 2012 she co-authored “Engaging the new ASEAN-A Resource Kit on Advocacy for sexual and reproductive health and rights with ASEAN.”
She serves on the board of Woman Care Global, and the International Advisory Committee of Family Planning, New South Wales and is a frequent speaker at international conferences. In 2013 she was invited to speak on behalf of Forum and the volunteering sector at the UN High Level Event on the MDGs, and has been an invited speaker at the General Assembly.