Upeka has thirteen years of experience in international sexual and reproductive health and rights programmes. As part of her programme management work with the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists she supported a wide range of sexual and reproductive health initiatives, from youth-friendly services to post-abortion contraception and fistula care. Ensuring that project activities demonstrated value for money; kept up with advances in the reproductive health field; and were ultimately empowering to those implementing and benefiting from the programmes were components of her work which she particularly enjoyed. Upeka has a special interest in projects that seek to address sensitive issues, challenge misconceptions and promote new thinking in relation to advancing reproductive choice.
In keeping with her passion for promoting person-centred care, Upeka now works on supporting individuals to make informed choices about treatment and care at the end of life. She has a background in law with an LLB from the University of Warwick, an LLM from the London School of Economics and a Master of Arts in Medical Ethics and Law from King’s College London.