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Anne Philpott    

Founder of The Pleasure Project, Safe Sex and HIV Activist

Anne Philpott is a public health professional, pleasure propagandist and guerrilla girl of HIV prevention. She founded ’The Pleasure Project’ in 2004, in frustration of endless HIV meetings where no one talked about people’s motivations for having sex.

The Pleasure Project forges connections between the worlds of public health and pornography and is globally recognized as the agency that has championed putting pleasure into safer sex education and safer sex into porn. They have influenced many agencies to deliver more effective and relevant sex education and are now working with the World Association of Sexual Health to launch a declaration of pleasure. Philpott is published widely in health journals and the media, promoting pleasure in sex education and as the ultimate indicator of female empowerment. The Pleasure Project was awarded the Phil Harvey ‘Prize for Passion in Reproductive Health’ in 2016.

Philpott developed her passion for sexual and public health, through working on prevention of teenage pregnancy in the UK, domestic violence refuges in London and through increasing use of female condoms globally by 60%.

Alongside her work with The Pleasure Project Philpott is a senior health adviser for the UK Government and headed the regional Ebola team. She is responsible for creating WISH, the UK Governments largest ever international sexual health program and spearheaded their work on ensuring the health portfolio expanded to include nutrition. She is speaking in her personal capacity.

Philpott has over 25 years of experience delivering human development outcomes, largely on sexual reproductive health and nutrition. This has been through actual face to face service delivery to more recently responsibilities for significant international donor funding. Wide range of institutional experience working for UK Government at DFID, international NGOs, direct service provision and in the private sector. Renowned internationally for pushing groundbreaking initiatives in sexual health education and nutrition. Often complimented for bringing together teams and diverse stakeholders across continents to deliver within complex and challenging programs.

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