Our mission:
Children by choice, not chance.

Our vision:
By 2030, no abortion will be unsafe and everyone will have access to contraception.

Our values:
Mission-driven. Accountable. Client-centred. Courageous. Resilient. Inclusive.

Our History

The MSI Reproductive Choices global partnership is built on the views of our founders Tim Black CBE, Jean Black and Phil Harvey, who believed that by providing high-quality, client-centred care they could support women to pursue the future of their choice – on their terms.  Since 1976, we have delivered sexual and reproductive healthcare services to over 183 million women. 

We currently see over 28,000 clients daily, and over 35 million people worldwide use a method of contraception provided by us. Last year, our global services prevented 14.6 million unintended pregnancies, 7.2 million unsafe abortions and 42,600 maternal deaths. But our work is far from over.   

We have been working in partnership with Australian-based donors to ensure access to quality, equitable sexual and reproductive health services in the Asia-Pacific region for over two decades.

In 2021, we changed our name to MSI Asia Pacific – a new name to represent the region where we are based and in line with MSI Reproductive Choices global partnership.


Our Team

We are part of a global network of 9,000 talented, dedicated and courageous people working across six continents. They are all passionately driven by our mission: to ensure every woman can have children by choice, not chance.

Our MSI Asia Pacific senior management team consists of:

Merewyn Foran, Executive Director

Anita Afford, Programs Director

Josh Vansittart, Finance Director

Kelly Durrant, External Relations Director

To join our team, please head to our careers page.

Our Board

In Australia, we are registered as MSI Asia Pacific, a non-profit organisation with tax deductible status and an independent Board of Directors. For information on the global leadership team and board, please visit our global website. You can also read our Board Constitution.

  • Julie Mundy, Chair

    Chair of the Board, Founding CEO of Marie Stopes International Australia, GAICD, PBAS, BCom(Hons)

    “I believe that MSI’s socially innovative and courageous approach makes a genuine difference to the lives of women and their families. I hope to see a future where every single woman is able to take her reproductive rights and health for granted.”

  • Grishma Bista

    Director, Integrated Care at North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network, Former Country Director of MSI Timor-Leste

    “Sexual and reproductive health and rights are a key foundation for everything, a fundamental building block for everything we do. Whatever your sexual orientation, when you know your body and your rights you are protecting yourself and those around you. You make better decisions for yourself and others when you are equipped with the information you need.”

  • Nicole Raatgaver

    Asia Director, MSI Reproductive Choices

    Nicole has over 15 years of field experience in leadership positions responsible for programmatic, financial and administrative management, and strategic and organisational development. This was gained in complex developing countries in East and West Africa, South and South East Asia, the Middle East, and the Pacific.

  • Jane Black

    MSc International Development, Diploma Management Studies, BA (Humanities)(Hons)

    “I believe in choices and the basic right to be able to access quality sexual and reproductive healthcare and education. However, this right of access is limited – nowhere more so than among the estimated 65.3 million people who have been forcibly displaced worldwide. My hope is that MSI can continue to improve sexual health humanitarian responses.”

  • Ian Howie

    Adjunct Professor, School of Global, Urban & Social Studies, RMIT; Associate Professor, Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne

    “MSI is an organisation that delivers. Using its growing international status to run programs that directly address the reproductive health needs of poor rural women and men, it does so without excessive bureaucracy and by placing committed people in the areas of greatest need.”

  • Narelle Magee

    Operations Manager, Health Services GMHBA, MPH, BCom

    Narelle Magee is an exemplary leader with over 20 years’ experience in the health sector and in professional services for organisations including cohealth, Nossal Institute for Global Health, MSI and Ernst & Young. She has expertise in implementing strategic initiatives, as well as organisational and governance standards and processes. Narelle currently manages the Health Services businesses at GMBHA. In addition to her work with MSI, she is also a board member for the not-for-profit organisation, One Girl Australia.

  • Rachel Powning


    Rachel is a seasoned leader with experience across local government, domestic not-for-profit and foreign aid. Rachel is the former mayor of the City of Port Phillip and board member of several associations. She has extensive experience in corporate fundraising for the not-for-profit sector and is the current General Manager of the Neighbourhood Justice Centre.