International Confederation of Midwives (ICM)
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.
Franka is known to many for her research work on Twinning and manages several international Twinning projects for the Royal Dutch Organisation of Midwives (KNOV). Previously, she was the strategy and policy manager of the KNOV, as well as the manager of an independent midwifery practice where she also worked as a midwife. Franka served in the ICM Board as treasurer (2002-2008) and on the ICM Council as a KNOV Delegate (2008 -2017).
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.