Director of Bixby Center for Population, Health and Sustainability
School of Public Health
University of California, Berkeley
Malcolm Potts is a Cambridge trained obstetrician and reproductive scientist. He is the first holder of the Fred H. Bixby endowed chair in Population and Family Planning in the School of Public Health, Berkeley. As the first Medical Director of the International Planned Parenthood Federation in the 1970s, he introduced family planning methods into scores of developing countries. As president and CEO of Family Health International in the 1980s he took FHI into HIV prevention and received the first USAID contract to slow AIDS in Africa. He also launched the first large-scale studies of maternal mortality, helping start the worldwide Safe Motherhood Initiative. He has published over 200 scientific papers and 10 books, including Queen Victoria’s Gene and Ever Since Adam and Eve: The Evolution of Human Sexuality. His most recent book is Sex and War: How Biology Explains War and Terrorism and Offers a Path to a Safer World. As Director of the University of California, Berkeley Bixby Center for Population, Health and Sustainability his current work is focused on rapid population growth and the impact of climate change in the least developed countries. Dr Potts was on the founding boards of Marie Stopes International, Ipas, FHI and PSI.