Katie Chau

YC Member and Staff 2006 - 2010

From Canada/United Kingdom

Working and volunteering with the Youth Coalition has been an invaluable experience and an extraordinary opportunity for personal and professional growth. Prior to the YC, I spent three enriching years working on community-based and national-level SRHR and HIV programmes in West Africa. During this time, I became aware of the impact international policy decisions on national and local initiatives. This sparked my interest to gain better understanding of international policy processes, which lead me to work with the Youth Coalition.

My two years as Executive Coordinator of the YC, followed by two years as a volunteer member, are doubtlessly the highlight of my twenties. The YC enabled me to gain a wealth of skills, knowledge, experience, networks and friendships, which further strengthened my foundation as a committed sexual and reproductive rights advocate.

I currently work with the International Planned Parenthood Federation, where I am involved with youth programmes and advocacy initiatives. I hold a Master’s degree in Public Health in Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. I have also worked as a consultant for SRHR-related projects with GTZ and the World AIDS Campaign. In addition to youth SRHR issues, I have an interest in the intersections between SRHR and sustainable development, especially the linkages with environmental issues such as climate change.