Babatunde Ahonsi has expertise in sexual and reproductive health, focusing on gender and youth-related policy and programming issues. He holds a first-class honors B.Sc. in sociology from the University of Lagos and a Ph.D. in population studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, which he undertook as a Commonwealth Scholar.
Ahonsi is the Associate II & Country Director at the Population Council. He oversees the Council’s Nigeria operations and projects, including the Men’s Health Network Nigeria, Nigeria’s first comprehensive HIV prevention intervention targeting men who engage in high-risk sexual practices and their partners, a reproductive health portfolio focused on expanding the adoption of low-cost interventions for reducing maternal morbidity and mortality by the primary and secondary health care delivery systems, and a large project on vulnerable adolescent girls empowerment through community-based learning platforms across northern Nigeria.
Ahonsi was a senior program officer with the Ford Foundation in West Africa for 11 years during which his grantmaking and technical assistance helped to catalyze the provision of comprehensive sexuality education for young people in Nigeria, the empowerment of persons living with HIV/AIDS in national responses to the epidemic, and the inter-linking of reproductive health education and economic empowerment for poor youth and women.