Managing Director

PSI - Europe

Odette Hekster is Managing Director of PSI-Europe. She joined PSI-Europe in 2012 and was in different roles before she became Managing Director in July 2020.

PSI-Europe’s mission is to mobilize support and funding for the PSI network through shaping policies and priorities of European donors and stakeholders. One of PSI-Europe’s flagship projects is setting the agenda for menstrual health & hygiene (MHH), as an integral part of SRHR and water & sanitation; whereby PSI-Europe provides technical expertise on MHH to the PSI network and other actors in the community of practice, and plays a key role in convening stakeholders to seek support for this theme.

With a Masters in Science of Public Administration (Netherlands), Odette has over eight years of leadership and management experience and over 20 years of experience in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, including from living in East Africa (for UN-Habitat, Safer Cities Programme to address urban sexual violence against women) and the English- & Dutch- speaking Caribbean (for UNFPA), as well as from working for the Dutch NGOs Aidsfonds and Rutgers.


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Building Back Better: What COVID has Taught PSI About Talent

Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin By Karl Hofmann, President and CEO, PSI We announced last week that we would be inviting

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The Right to Reproductive Health: Supporting Girls to Take Charge of their Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

By Madeleine Moore Consultant & Technical Advisor, PSI Europe and Chelon Nickolette, Project Ignite Program Coordinator, PSI     18-year-old Mirela hesitated as she peered around the clinic’s waiting room.   Women twice her age crowded

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Why we’ve yet to mainstream menstruation

This piece was originally published by Apolitical on April 14, 2021. By Odette Hekster, Managing Director of Population Services International (PSI)-Europe.   Existing policies have

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Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin By Jennifer Pope, Vice President, Sexual and Reproductive Health, HIV and TB, PSI  The UK government’s

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Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin January 2021 marked the exciting start of a new term for PSI’s Board of Directors. We

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Building Confidence Through Partnership

Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin How PSI and Facebook are lifting COVID-19 vaccine uptake  By Brandon Soloski, Senior Manager Strategic Partnerships 

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