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Margaret Greene

Margaret Greene, PhD, BA, has worked for 20 years on the social and cultural determinants of health, development policy and gender. She is widely known for her research and advocacy on the conditions faced by adolescents and by women in poor countries and on engaging men and boys for gender equality. 

Over the past ten years, she has co-authored two volumes in the Girls Count series, and has conducted research on adolescent sexual and reproductive health for the World Bank, WHO and USAID. She was lead author of UNFPA’s 2012 State of the World Population, By Choice, Not by Chance: Family Planning, Human Rights and Development.

Greene has provided thought leadership on the intersection of health and social inequality to a number of institutions. In one example, she has worked to call global attention to child marriage and to highlight its linkages with education, health, human rights and other dimensions of girls’ wellbeing, as well as to highlight how programs and policies can work to end the practice. She had the opportunity to advocate directly with The Elders, and then supported their foundation as it took steps to establishing Girls Not Brides, bringing together global advocates on child marriage. She recently completed an analysis of the research needed to end child marriage that was co-published by the Ford Foundation and GreeneWorks. She authored the background paper for DFID that helped shape the 2014 Girl Summit on child marriage and FGM. 

Dr. Greene is Chair of the Board of Promundo-US and President of GreeneWorks, a consulting group working to promote social change for health and development. She received a PhD in Demography from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in linguistics from Yale University.