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Graça Machel

PMNCH Board Chair

Graça Machel is a renowned international advocate for women’s and children’s rights. She has served as the first Education Minister of Mozambique, and as past Chair of the GAVI Alliance board.


Her contributions to the Africa Progress Panel and the United Nations Secretary-General’s Millennium Development Goals Advocacy Group have been widely appreciated. As a member of The Elders, she played a key role in establishing Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage. Recently, she founded the Graça Machel Trust.

Graça Machel has been ranked among the top 100 women activists and campaigners (The Guardian, 2011) as well as the top 100 most influential people (TIME, 2010). She has also served as a member of the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons reporting to the UN Secretary-General on the post-2015 development agenda. As PMNCH Board Chair, Graça Machel succeeds Dr Julio Frenk, Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health, who was named to the post in December 2009.

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