Keynote: Franka Cadee

Franka Cadée is an expert on Midwifery and advisor on international maternal health, with over 30 years of strategy and policy developments, advocacy, leadership, project management and partnership. She is the current International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) President.

With her anthropological and midwifery background, Franka has lived and worked across a range of differently resourced countries and is well aware of the realities of midwifery practice in various cultural contexts. She is a strong proponent of humanised midwifery care and encourages midwives towards respectful care and a human rights based approach.

Franka most recently was the Strategy and Policy Manager with the Royal Dutch Organization of Midwives (KNOV). She is known to many for her work as the twin2twin project manager. Previously, Franka served in the ICM Board as treasurer (2002-2008) and on the ICM Council as a KNOV Delegate (2008 -2017).