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Chimaraoke Izugbara

Director, Global Health, Youth and Development, International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), USA & Visiting Professor, University of the Witwatersrand

Chimaraoke Izugbara is professor-at-large at the School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. He joined the International Centre for Research on Women in 2018, where he is the director of the Global Health, Youth and Development research portfolio. Prior to joining ICRW, he directed the Population Dynamics and Reproductive Health Program at the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), after directing the institution’s Research Capacity Strengthening (RCS) Division for nearly a decade.
Dr Izugbara has also taught at universities in West and East Africa, Europe, and the United States.He is a leading international scholar and researcher on gender, youth, sexuality and maternal, sexual, and reproductive health, with over 100 published scholarly papers and books. He has a forthcoming book on the global sex industry co-authored with Susan Dewey and Isabel Crowhurst.
Dr Izugbara holds two PhDs from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, the first in Health Anthropology and the other in Social Work (focusing on Gender, Health, and Development).


  • –present
    Professor-at-large, School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand