GADN Consultants Database

The following consultants are members of the Gender and Development Network. Inclusion in this database does not constitute endorsement by the Network.

 

Kanwal Ahluwalia

Brief Biography:

Freelance consultant with over 20 years’ experience of working in international development, with specific expertise in women and girls’ rights programming within a range of organisations, including Womankind Worldwide, Childhope UK, Plan UK, the Overseas Development Institute and Girl Effect. Currently working as a consultant, recent or existing clients include Saferworld, Internews Europe, BBC Media Action and UNICEF. She has country experience of Albania, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa and South Sudan.

Areas of Expertise: 

Thematic areas of expertise include VAWG, women’s political participation, girls’ education, girls’ in governance processes, social norms including in relation to media work. Skills include facilitating programme design, implementation and learning; proposal development; participatory gender equality reviews; gender equality strategy development and implementation; capacity building on women’s and girls’ rights and gender equality and on gender mainstreaming; research and writing; development of guidance notes and toolkits for development practitioners and organisational development including strategic planning, fundraising planning, financial health checks for small NGOs.

Contact Info:

LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/kanwal-ahluwalia- 138013a

 

Sophie Amili

BBrief Biographyrief Biography:

Sophie Amili is an experienced researcher and specialises in mixed methods, including quantitative and qualitative approaches. She has a keen interest in the Middle East and North Africa region as a site for development and has worked as a Consultant for the World Bank. Sophie holds a First Class degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and an MSc with Distinction in Gender, Development and Globalisation from the London School of Economics. She has international experience working and living abroad, and speaks English and French fluently, with a good command of Arabic.

Contact Info:

LinkedInhttp://www.linkedin.com/in/sophie-amili-73129a6a

 

Karen Andrae

Brief Biography:

Karen has over 18 years’ experience in international development with specific expertise in disability inclusion and the intersectionality of gender and disability. Her particular interests are equity-focused and gender-responsive approaches to programming and MEL. She has worked both overseas and in the UK, with disability rights organisation and research institutes, and is currently freelance consultant for a range of clients including Sightsavers, CBM, Anglican Alliances, Tearfund, LCD, and Childreach. Country experiences include Angola, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China, Cote d’Ivoire, DRC, East Timor, India, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Areas of Expertise: 

Thematic areas involve women’s economic empowerment, inclusive education, gender-based violence, social norm change around gender and disability inclusion and empowerment.

Areas of technical expertise include capacity development and organisational support on disability & gender inclusion, and MEL; project evaluation and synthesis/learning reviews; organisational development including strategic planning, theory of change and MEL framework development for small NGOs

Contact Info:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karen-andrae-57627077?trk=hp-identity-name

 

Natalie Armitage

Brief Biography:

A media, communications, advocacy and international development professional; sharpened at diplomacy. Experienced in: grant making, government agencies, civil society, programmes and grass-roots community work.

Carrying an MA in Human Rights from University of Sussex with a special focus on Women and Human Rights. HREA Education in Emergencies trained, with a BSc in Politics. All degrees included professional development modules and were applied in context as part of examination.

Enthusiastic about aligning Programme and Advocacy objectives into a joint strategy; to streamline goals and objectives at every level from grass root work- to global stages; most recently for Malala Yousafzai at Malala Fund. Passionate about receiving impact assessments from people working closely to the ground- and feeding that information upwards to drive policy and advocacy directions. 

Other experience includes: Gender Justice desk at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in South Africa, bringing challenges in the private domain into the public for discussion in rural Ethiopian forest communities, tackling discussions about gender violence in India, and supporting mothers of small babies in refugee communities that have recently arrived in Europe in Northern Greece.

 

Sally Baden

Brief Biography:

Sally Baden is an experienced researcher, policy analyst and programme manager specialising in gender issues in economic development. She was Senior Adviser: Agriculture and Women's Livelihoods for Oxfam GB (2010-13), where she managed research on Women’s Collective Action in Agriculture and Oxfam International’s advocacy on investment in agriculture. Prior to this she led the 'Make Trade Fair' campaign for Oxfam International in West Africa (2001-5) and managed livelihoods programmes (2006-10). Before joining Oxfam, Sally was manager of the Briefings on Development and Gender (BRIDGE) project and co-directed the MA in Gender and Development (1998-2000) at the IDS, University of Sussex.

Areas of Expertise: 

Gender and economic policy; women's economic empowerment; collective action, rural enterprises and producer organisations; agricultural markets and value chains; agricultural policy; household economics; programme design, management and evaluation; policy analysis and advocacy; research, teaching and training; coaching and facilitation.

Contact Info:

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/sally-baden/5/927/803

 

Elizabeth Bakibinga

Brief Biography:

Experienced Legal Adviser with a demonstrated history of working in the national and international affairs governance industry. Skilled in Government, Legislative Relations, Legal Writing, International Relations, and Rule of Law systems architecture and programme management. External reviewer and examiner of university research theses and dissertations. Strong legal professional graduated from Makerere University, Boston University and University of Oslo.

Areas of Expertise:

Experienced Legal Adviser with a demonstrated history of working in the national and international affairs governance industry. Skilled in Government, Legislative Relations, Legal Writing, International Relations, and Rule of Law systems architecture and programme management. External reviewer and examiner of university research theses and dissertations. Strong legal professional graduated from Makerere University, Boston University and University of Oslo. I am interested in the following areas: Violence Against Women and Girls; Girls’ Education; Women’s Economic Justice; and Women’s Participation and Influence.

Contact Info:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elizabeth-bakibinga-gaswaga-ba743522/

 

Ronadel B. Bedia

Brief Biography:

Prof. Ronadel Bedia is a graduate of A.B. Classical major in Philosophy at San Carlos Seminary and Master of Arts in Education major in Administration and Supervision at EARIST University-Manila. He is working on his Master’s degree in Development Management at Asian Institute of Management. He is a licensed/registered Professional Teacher. He is also a consultant in Curriculum and Instruction from different schools and universities. An advocate of Gender Equality and Anti-discrimination.
Currently a Program Coordinator for Gender and Development in a Government agency and a part-time professor.

Areas of Expertise:

-Gender Sensitivity Training, Modular sessions for Gender and Development, Sociological Perspectives of GAD, Counselling, Philosophy, Psychology, Values Reformation and Ethics

Contact Info:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ronadel-bedia-26769ba9/

 

Rufsana Begum

Brief Biography:

As a social development consultant in the field of social development Rufsana has broad experience in conducting gender assessments of development programmes and policies and gender analysis research and training and has worked with diverse stakeholders, including bilateral donor agencies, international and national NGOs, national consultants and leading academic institutions. Her background in politics, sociology, gender studies and peacebuilding equips her with the skills needed to conduct rigorous research on the interrelationships between gender, social norms, health, human rights and development. Rufsana is currently involved in a variety of activities that include engaging stakeholders in gender issues, designing and delivering gender-related training, developing gender-related workplace policies and supporting clients to develop services that meet the specific needs of girls and women.

 

Abelkassim Beshir Aminu

Brief Biography:

Abelkassim Beshir is currently Sanitation and Hygiene Promotion Officer for IRC Ethiopia. He has over seven years' work experience in different International NGOs such as IRC, Islamic Relief Worldwide, Oxfam GB, Lutheran World Federation, Ethiopian Red Cross Society, and Ethiopian Environmental Health Association. Abelkassim’s academic background is in Environmental Health and he holds a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Health from Hawassa University, Ethiopia. He has taken different national and international trainings related to his profession from John Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, IFRC, PHAP, e-Cornell University and LINGOs such as IRC e-learning portals. He is a member of different Professional Affiliations such as the International Association of Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP); Member of Sphere Project Organization; Subscriber of Active learning Network Accountability and partnership organization (ALNAP) and subscriber of Core Humanitarian Standard Organization (CHS).

Contact Info:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/dir/Abelkassim/Beshir

 

Jenny Birchall

Brief Biography:

I am an independent researcher and consultant with broad experience in gender and development. My specialisms include gender and social movements/activism, workplace inclusion and gender mainstreaming, migration policy and practice, engaging men and boys for gender equality and feminist economics/financing gender equality.

For five years I worked for BRIDGE at the Institute of Development Studies, producing and promoting accessible information on a broad range of gender and development related issues. Prior to this, I was policy manager at the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission, where I focused on the UK’s implementation of CEDAW, as well as gender equality and discrimination in the workplace.

I have a PhD in Women’s studies from the University of Manchester, and a MA in Gender, Culture and Society from the University of Essex.

Contact Info:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenny-birchall-a4151b3a?trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile

 

Kate Bishop

Brief Biography:

A senior consultant with over 13 years experience in international development, specializing in women's rights and gender equality. Kate has worked for three years in DFID's policy division covering a range of gender issues and with significant experience of ministerial engagement, as well as in international NGOs, Oxfam, ActionAid and Amnesty International. Kate holds an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development. Kate's country experience includes Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Mali, Nepal, Senegal, South Africa, and Sri Lanka.

Areas of Expertise:

Violence against women and girls; women's voice, leadership and participation; social norm change; collective action; child marriage; gender mainstreaming and organisational development; engaging men and boys for gender equality; empowerment and accountability; gender, peace and security.
Research and writing; policy and strategy development; advocacy and communications; programme and contract management; monitoring and evaluation.

Contact Info:

Linkedin: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/kate-bishop-20790571

 

Damon Boughen

Brief Biography:

Damon has worked in the third sector for a decade, including spending five years with Oxfam. Whilst with Oxfam he was based in Senegal and worked on a project to develop their partners capacity to work on women's rights by organising a workshop in Dakar and creating online courses in four languages. Authored a book on women’s rights in Southern Africa in 2016. Currently works as a Fundraising Manager and is a trustee for an organisation working on land rights in Argentina.

He holds a MA in International Relations from Warwick University and a First in Business Studies as an undergraduate. Since completing his MA he has studied micro-finance at Cambridge, economics of developing nations at Oxford as well as courses in shelter, WASH and urban humanitarianism at the likes of RedR.

Contact Info:

Linkedin: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/damonboughen

 

Paola Brambilla

Brief Biography:

Paola has worked with a gender focus in CSOs, INGOs and research institutions since 1994. She holds a Gender and Development MA from the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), where she worked as a BRIDGE team member (2001-2016). Paola has experience of research, knowledge management, partnership building, communications and evaluation, always with a gender focus. She has developed projects with partners particularly in non-English speaking regions with an aim to integrate their perspectives and experiences into global discourses, research and practice. Her regions of focus are Latin America and Francophone Africa. She is fluent in English, Spanish, French and Italian.

Amandine Bressand

Brief Biography:

Amandine is a human rights professional currently based in Beirut, Lebanon, where she manages protection projects in a feminist NGO focused on combating human trafficking. Her expertise in the field of VAWG includes sex trafficking, forced labour, and early marriage. Her professional skills lie in managing large humanitarian grants through project management, M&E, and reporting. Amandine holds an MSc in Violence, Conflict, and Development from SOAS in London, and a BA in Human Rights and Arabic from Barnard College of Columbia University in New York. Previously, she worked as a case worker for a law firm specialised on Asylum, and as a member of the International Crisis Group (ICG).

Areas of Expertise:

Sexual and Gender-Based Violence; Human Trafficking; Modern Slavery; Asylum Law and Refugee Rights; women’s leadership and participation; women's economic empowerment; anthropology of development. Technical expertise: programme design, project management; M&E; reporting; grant writing and strategic Development; advocacy and research; training and facilitation.

Contact Info:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amandine-bressand-a5789825/

Frances Brodrick

Brief Biography:

I am a women's empowerment specialist, with experience of working with displaced populations including victims of trafficking, refugees and exploited foreign domestic workers. I have designed and delivered a range of support provisions for people experiencing homelessness and destitution across the world, with particular focus on the UK and Middle East. I speak Arabic and specialise in delivering appropriate responses to SGBV.
I have conducted a number of independent evaluations of projects that promote women’s empowerment, peace building, and respond to issues around migration, destitution, violence against women and conflict. I have conducted research on issues such as trafficking, sexual exploitation, prostitution and violent extremism.

Contact Info:

LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/frances-brodrick

 

Alyson Brody

Brief Biography:

I am a gender and development consultant with extensive experience in research; writing and editing high profile publications; programme management and capacity building. I have a PhD in Social Anthropology from SOAS.

I led BRIDGE for six years and was co-leader of the Institute of Development Studies' Gender and Sexuality Cluster from 2014 to 2016. I am a former Board member of GADN. Recently I directed a USAID-funded partnership with the World Food Programme, promoting an innovative 'ground-up' approach to gender mainstreaming.

Areas of Expertise:

Women's political participation, access to justice for women, gender-just food security, climate change, migration, trafficking, organisational learning and M&E. I have worked in Asia (especially Myanmar, Thailand and Japan) and Francophone West Africa. I am fluent in French and Thai.

Contact Info:

LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/alyson-brody-a410022

 

Nicola Chanamuto

Brief Biography:

I have 13 years’ experience in a range of organisations including local government bodies, grassroots charities, international aid agencies and social enterprises. I have worked on participation and engagement with various marginalised communities in the UK and Asia. I have particularly enjoyed developing training and capacity building programmes for women and girls. My academic background is in Anthropology and Development (University of Sussex) and I hold a Masters degree in Gender and Development (Institute of Development Studies). I am a current PhD candidate at the University of Lincoln, looking at female labour migration and domestic work. I also deliver consultancy work and am an Associate Lecturer in the School of Political and Social Science at the University of Lincoln.

Contact Info:

Website: www.nicolachanamuto.co.uk

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/nicolachanamuto

 

Giada Cicognola

Brief Biography:

Well-rounded development professional with experience in advocacy, policy, campaigning and operations for both local and international NGOs.  University of Edinburgh graduate with a Masters in International Development and a thesis on the implementation of Reproductive Rights in rural India, as well as Bachelor degree holder from the University of Perugia, with a research on violence against women in international law.

Areas of Expertise:

The theory and practice of women’s access to reproductive health services and justice in developing countries, along with broader notions of women’s economic empowerment.

Contact Info:

LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/giadacicognola

 

Mary Cobbett-Ondiek

Brief Biography:

I have seven years experience as a social researcher working in the fields of gender, education and international development. My PhD research explored the impact of a non-formal education programme aiming to empower girls to claim rights to be free from violence. Prior to my PhD I worked as a Research Associate at the University of Cambridge where I led a project ‘gender dynamics and hidden gender equalities in Caribbean schools’ and worked on another action research project on sexuality education in six African countries. I am currently a Research fellow at the University of York. I have expertise in qualitative methods including interviewing, ethnography and participatory methods.

 

Alvin Dakis

Brief Biography:

Alvin Dakis is a registered nurse by profession, a certified family planning service provider, HIV & AIDS counsellor by the Philippine Department of Health, and a certified gender & development specialist & practitioner by the Philippine Commission on Women. He has been practicing for almost a decade in development management and dedicated most of his career in helping young people by training them to become policy reformers & influencers. He is also a social media personality using his influence to shape public opinion in health and gender. He has been advocating for the gender rights of PWDs, LGBTs, youth, and marginalized women.

Contact Info:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/alvindakis/

 

Lowri Davies

Brief Biography:

Currently a Consultant at Cardno Emerging Markets, I have experience in market development, climate change and resilience and infrastructure development, and have past experience in development consulting firms working in economic development. I have previously worked as a programme volunteer for VSO, working in Nepal on programmes in the areas of WASH, DRR, SRHR and education. I have worked for a range of gender equality focused NGO’s, and volunteer at the Women’s Equality Party. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Politics and International Relations, my thesis: ‘The case of Nepal: an in-depth analysis of the country’s stagnating contraceptive prevalence rate."

Contact Info:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lowri-davies-7885abab/

 

Rebecca Dallamore

Brief Biography:

Currently studying for a degree in International Studies in order to consolidate her experience after several years in the military specialising in civil military affairs, gender issues during conflict, and understanding community dynamics. Advising and training the military on gender and UNSCR1325 (including UK commitment and military role in ensuring goals are achieved).

Contact Info:

LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/rebecca-dallamore-b0025437

 

Roxanna Donald

Brief Biography:

Feminist campaigner working in the women’s sector supporting women who have been trafficked and women on release from prison.

Contact Info:

LinkedIn: uk.linkedin.com/in/RoxannaDonald

 

Virginia Dooley

Brief Biography:

I am an experienced relationship manager, fundraiser and independent consultant with a solid track record for building the capacity of local organisations to better understand and meet the needs of adolescent girls, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa. I co-created ethical fashion brand Rising Tide Fair Trade and have served as operational advisor to like-minded start ups. I am especially interested in the intersection of development and technology from both a gender and organisational perspective (I am trained in back-end computer programming, 10+ years experience customizing Salesforce.com for donation, grants management as well as other digital platforms).

Contact Info:

LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/virginia-dooley-8918683

 

Kristie Drucza

Brief Biography:

Dr. Drucza has a post-graduate degree in the anthropology of gender and participatory development and a PhD that assesses the various ways to build an inclusive state in post-conflict Nepal through: social protection; affirmative action, federalism, policy, cash transfers and social security. She is interested in the inter-relationship between agency and structures of power and uses political, iterative, and participatory processes.

Areas of Expertise:

Poverty, inclusion and gender analysis; research; social protection; cash transfers; policy analysis; social accountability; agricultural development; indigenous people’s development; women's economic empowerment; social and institutional audits (equal opportunity); community/group based development; program design; capacity building; monitoring and evaluation; and inclusive business (CSR for the poor).

Contact Info:

LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/kristie-drucza-phd-b25a4550?trk=pub-pbmap

 

Nicole Dulieu

Brief Biography:

Nicole Dulieu has seven years experience in the NGO sector, and is an accomplished researcher specialising in mixed method quantitative and qualitative approaches. Nicole led research teams in Cambodia in large-scale nationwide social projects and is a culturally sensitive project manager and analyst. She takes an inclusive, rights based approach in all her projects.

 Nicole works with organisations including World Bank, UN agencies, national governments and NGOs. Nicole has specialist knowledge of VAWG, adolescent research, feminist-economic justice, and impact evaluations. She holds a Masters in Humanitarian Aid and uses her market research skills to design bespoke project methodology.

Areas of Expertise:

Thematic areas involve women’s economic empowerment, gender-based violence, cash transfers, social norm change around gender.

 Technical expertise:  quantitative & qualitative research methods including interviewing, ethnography and participatory methods with adolescents. Project (impact) design, evaluation and reporting; policy analysis and strategic organisational development.

Contact Info:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicoledulieu/

Alvaro Fabon Jr

Brief Biography:

Mr. Fabon is a learning and development professional, a licensed environmental planner, a knowledge management practitioner, a fully-fledged educator, and a conscientious local government operations officer with over nine years experience in government service. He has rich experience in training, facilitation, and capacity building among others. He has relevant experience in conducting data analysis and interpretation on various subjects. Mr. Fabon has successfully implemented training programs on gender and development, project development and management, monitoring and evaluation, and disaster risk reduction and management. He is an online coach of the DILG mandatory training for local  government officers and member of the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) Certified Resource Pool.

Areas of Expertise:

GAD Planning and Budgeting, Gender Mainstreaming in Urban Planning

Contact Info:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/al-fabon-3709439/ 

 

Khadijah Fancy

Brief Biography:

I am an independent consultant who has worked for 19 years on social development. My areas of expertise include reduction of violence, education and social inclusion, with a focus on women and girls. Specialties:
• Areas of expertise in voice and accountability, girls’ education, adolescent girls’ empowerment and women’s rights.
• Experience with programme design, gender analysis, monitoring and evaluation, strategic planning, and team leadership.

Contact Info:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/khadijahfancy

 

Elizabeth Flint

Brief Biography:

Currently available as a freelance independent Gender Specialist with expertise in SGBV, Human Trafficking, Modern Slavery and Resettlement

I offer several years experience as an expert practitioner providing direct support, advocacy, advice and guidance to survivors of human trafficking, and/or torture including to refugees and asylum seekers and to practitioners and services supporting such individuals. I have extensive experience in providing crisis intervention and support for survivors of sexual exploitation, forced labour, forced criminality and/or domestic servitude.

I am also experienced in drafting expert reports on Human Trafficking for the Asylum and Immigration tribunals.

Contact Info:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/beth-flint-03503a35?trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile

 

Elizabeth Gezahegn King

Brief Biography:

Elizabeth is currently working as a consultant in which she makes use of her skills, knowledge and experience in programme development, strategic planning, project management, partnership development, fundraising, grant management, research and diaspora related programmes. Elizabeth has over 13 years’ experience of working in international development sectors both in the UK and African countries. She is particularly passionate and experienced in women’s and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) issues that she can relate to with first-hand experience of living and working in Ethiopia and five other East and West African countries. Her specific expertise focuses on dealing with the issues of HIV & AIDS, harmful practices including Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and child marriage, and maternal health particularly obstetric fistula.

Areas of Expertise:

Sexual and reproductive health and rights, advocating against harmful practices particularly female genital mutilation (FGM)  and child marriage

Contact Info:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/elizabeth-gezahegn-king/48/382/628

 

Anamaria Golemac Powell

Brief Biography:

Over 17 years of international development experience in countries on three continents, Europe, Asia and Africa. She has served as UNIFEM Head of Office and GRB Specialist in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Policy Advisor for Save the Children South East Europe office and a Gender Expert for UNFPA in Turkmenistan.

Working for nearly two decades in policy development and programme implementation in the former Yugoslavia on issues that include women’s economic empowerment, GBV and sexual reproductive health policies. Most recently involved in gender analysis of humanitarian programmes in oPt and re-designing the joint UN programme on Conflict Related Sexual Violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Provided input into costing for new financial instruments for implementation of Gender Action Plan in Bosnia and Herzegovina and led the costing of Gender Based Violence in Moldova.

Worked with relevant national entities in SEE and Central Asia, helping government institutions develop national and local plans on budgeting for youth policies. Experience working with INGOs, government aid agencies and multilateral organisations has also included inter-agency co-ordination, capacity development and M&E.

In addition to fluency in English, also speak and read Croatian/Bosnian and have working knowledge of Russian and intermediate knowledge of Italian.

Areas of Expertise:

Gender Responsive Budgeting, GBV, Humanitarian Aid

Contact Info:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/anamariagolemacpowell/

 

Tahmina Hakimova-Rees

Brief Biography:

Freelance consultant with more than 10 years experience focusing on gender and development issues, including: economic empowerment (access to finance); equal opportunities in the workplace; domestic violence and violence against women, and women in agriculture. Tahmina also has considerable expertise and knowledge in Central Asia and the former Soviet Union on topics including Development and Conflict (including gender sensitivity approaches), NGO development and capacity building, and working with governments.

Areas of Expertise:

Women's economic empowerment, violence against women

Contact Info:

LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/tahmina-hakimova-rees-794a9570

 

Fiona Hales

Brief Biography:

Independent consultant specialising in HIV, violence against women and girls, sexual and reproductive rights, participation, and public health, providing research, policy analysis, evaluation, editing and translation, and coordination services. Previously coordinated the International Community of Women living with HIV (ICW) 2003-2008, and has also held staff roles with Beyond 2015 and ActionAid’s Latin America and Caribbean programme. Publications include ‘Violence against Women Living with HIV: A Background Paper’ co-authored with MariJo Vazquez (2010).

Contact Info:

LinkedInhttps://uk.linkedin.com/in/fiona-hale-3224687

 

Ozlem Hangul

Brief Biography:

I have an MA degree in Human Rights from the University of Essex. I have been working in women's rights field for the last 5 years with expertise in Violence against Women and Girls including forced and early marriage, female genital mutilation, and honour-based violence. As a consultant and trainer, I give consultancy and deliver trainings in VAWG including harmful practices to professionals, community members and young people. Having worked with UNHCR and as an adviser with some other voluntary refugee organisations, I have gained experience and expertise in the field.

Areas of expertise:

Violence against women and girls, harmful practices including early marriage, forced marriage, female genital mutilation and honour-based violence, sexual and reproductive health and rights, refugee rights.

Contact Info:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ozlem-hangul-14658321?trk=hp-identity-name 

 

Ceri Hayes

Brief Biography:

Independent consultant with 16 years experience working on gender equality, women’s rights, child rights and international development issues for a range of development organisations including Womankind Worldwide, Amnesty International and Save the Children. More recently Ceri has worked as a freelancer for a wide range of NGOs (including Oxfam, GAD Network, BRIDGE, Women for Women International), donors (Comic Relief) and UN agencies (UN Women and UNDP). She has a Masters in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights. Her experience of field-based work includes Afghanistan, Albania, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Ghana, Iraq, Malawi, Nepal, Peru and South Africa. She has written widely on gender equality and women’s rights issues. See www.gendermatters.co.uk for further details.

Areas of Expertise:

Thematic areas of expertise: VAWG; gender, peace and security; women's civil and political participation; gender mainstreaming; international human rights law, with particular focus on women's rights. Skills: gender audits; programme development; advocacy and policy; monitoring and evaluations; training on international human rights instruments, particularly CEDAW, BPFA, 1325; capacity-building on gender mainstreaming; research & writing; organisational development (fundraising, strategic planning, advocacy and lobbying)  

Contact Info:

Website: www.gendermatters.co.uk

LinkedInhttp://uk.linkedin.com/pub/ceri-hayes/14/860/231

 

Rachel Haynes

Brief Biography:

Rachel Haynes, as Flamingo for NGOs, offers funding, learning and management services to a wide range of international NGOs.  Rachel leads on funding bids, undertakes peer reviews and proposal reviews, provides coaching and training, FR strategy development & donor trends, analysis and research. She also undertakes interim management roles. With a strong interest in gender issues, Rachel has been an independent consultant since 2012 and since that time has worked with over 40 NGOs. Prior to that she was a senior manager in an NGO, and has masters degrees in Gender and Development, and Development Management. 

Contact Info:

Websitewww.flamingoforNGOs.org

LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/rachel-haynes-bb036320/

 

Sarah Hewitt

Brief Biography:

Sarah Hewitt is a Program Officer with the Economic Advancement Program at Open Society Foundations in London. Over the past decade, she has partnered with governments, NGOs and the private sector to empower women and youth in East and Southern Africa. Previously, Sarah was the Head of Operations for Fundacion Capital in Tanzania, a consultant for the Poverty, Gender and Youth program at Population Council and a Senior Program Associate for the Gender Program at the Ethiopia Agricultural Transformation Agency. Sarah holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BBA from Emory University.

Contact Info:

LinkedIn:    http://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahjhewitt/

 

Kathryn Hill

Brief Biography:

A social researcher by training, I specialise in women's economic empowerment and private sector development.  I have worked for DFID, Sida, World Bank on feasibility studies, gender strategy development, M&E, and literature/policy reviews, and more recently have been working on economic development and public service delivery in the UK (for central and local governments).  Currently, I am working on a large-scale evaluation of support to families with disabled children for the UK government.

Areas of Expertise:

Women's economic empowerment, youth, economic growth, M&E (developing M&E framework, process and impact evaluations), literature and policy reviews, development of gender strategies and frameworks, editing and proofreading.

 

Sarah Hyde

Brief Biography:

An experienced communications professional, Sarah offers informed advice, support and technical assistance to enable organisations to deliver results.

Sarah held a number of communications and research positions before becoming a consultant in 2004. Since then, she has successfully carried out numerous assignments for a wide range of clients, including the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, IPPF, Options, Pamoja Communications, Parliamentarians for Global Action, Plan International UK, the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition, SafeHands for Mothers, Save the Children UK, VSO, Women and Children First UK and the World Health Organization.

Sarah has an MA from Oxford University in Modern Languages.

Contact Info:

Website: http://www.sarahhydeconsultancy.com/

 

Victoria Illingworth

Brief Biography:

Victoria has held various roles in international development, most recently at Stars Foundation where she worked as Impact Awards Programme Assistant for Latin America-Caribbean and Africa-Middle East. Prior to this role, she worked at Children Change Colombia, a UK charity defending the rights of children at risk in Colombia. Through her career she has developed an expertise on children’s rights, with a particular focus on those of girls, who face specific barriers to living happy, healthy and fulfilling lives as equal citizens worldwide. Growing up in Costa Rica provided Victoria with first-hand knowledge of the Latin American socio-economic and cultural context.

She holds an MSc in Political Economy of Late Development from the London School of Economics and a BA in International Relations and Development Studies from the University of Sussex. 

Contact Info:

LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/victoriaillingworth/

 

Elanor Jackson

Brief Biography:

Elanor has 27 years experience of working in international development and 20 years of working on children’s rights and women's rights and gender equality programmes, with specific thematic expertise on child protection and child safeguarding, violence against women and girls, women's political participation, discriminatory social norms, media and development, as well as monitoring, evaluation and research. Working as a Consultant over 9 years, she has supported organisations to improve learning and the quality of their work. She has experience of living and working in India, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Ethiopia and has worked in several countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America and was Head of Programmes at ChildHope for 6 years. In 2015, she led a 4 country research project for Womankind Worldwide on women's political participation. Recently she has been working as a gender advisor with BBC Media Action.  For Girl Effect she undertook an organisational learning review; reviewed Girl Effect's Child Safeguarding policy and procedures and developed a new Safeguarding Policy and Implementation Standards and facilitated a global Theory of Change.

Areas of Expertise:

Gender equality reviews, advice and mentoring on gender equality issues, capacity building on child safeguarding and child protection, facilitating theories of change. Participatory MEL and research, organisational learning reviews, shaping learning processes. Development of training manuals/ toolkits on child safeguarding and gender equality mainstreaming and strengthening gender equality in media for development

Contact Info:

LinkedIn: http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/elanor-jackson/2b/292/561

 

Helen Johnson

Brief Biography:

Helen is experienced in working in a gender and development context both theoretically and practically. She has extensive experience in feminist research with the benefit of a legal and diverse work background. Her particular interest is in service provision that promotes transformations in women’s lives with experiencing of developing and evaluating interventions. Her background is in law, desistance from crime, equalities, human rights, policy, service provision, emotions and wellbeing. She also has a strong background in university level education and an interest in furthering education more generally. 

Areas of Expertise:

Specialising in: Qualitative Research, Policy, Law and Criminology, Gender and Feminism,  Repertory Grid and Personal Construct Theory, Theories of Change, Emotions and Emotionally Intelligent Policy/Strategy, Service Provision. 

Experience includes: Measuring impact, evaluation and development of service provision, Meaning, identity, interpretation,  Preparation of annual reports, restructuring and organisational policy development, Mapping change and transformation, Modelling interventions, Evaluation and monitoring of International and UK policy, Legal, equalities and human rights research.

Qualifications: Diploma in Methods of Social Research, PhD in Criminology, Fully qualified barrister

Contact Info:

LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/hjohnsonga

 

Ruby Johnson

Brief Biography:

I am a committed human rights advocate with diverse experience in gender equality and rights-based approaches to program design and coordination, advocacy, partnership building and capacity strengthening.  I have over 10 years experience advancing gender justice and human rights working with international NGOs, Funds, UN Agencies and grassroots organisations.  I am currently the Co-Director of FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund, the only fund dedicated exclusively to resourcing young feminist organizing worldwide, supporting grassroots groups in over 80 countries. Prior to joining FRIDA, I worked with UN Women in Cambodia, the Fred Hollows Foundation, and Amnesty International  in Australia and with indigenous communities in Mexico and Australia.

Areas of Expertise:

Thematic areas of expertise include  young women's leadership, young feminist organising, women’s political participation, girls’ education, young women and girls’ in governance processes.

Skills: Program design, coordination and evaluation,  capacity building on women’s and girls’ rights and gender equality,  not for profit management and feminist organisational design and development, resource mobilisation campaigning, grantmaking and participatory research methodologies.

Contact Info:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ruby-johnson-26bbb32b/

 

Ruth Jones

Brief Biography:

Ruth is a Senior lecturer, researcher and consultant specialising in, and leading the work on violence and abuse at the Centre for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Abuse at the University of Worcester UK.  Ruth teaches the MA in Domestic Violence and the PG Certificate in Sexual Violence and a range of other related courses, continuing professional development events and training. She is also an award winning researcher and consultant.

Areas of Expertise:

Training/education, research and consultancy on gender based violence and abuse.

Contact Info:

Websitehttp://www.worcester.ac.uk/discover/ruth-jones.html

Shelley Joyce

Brief Biography:

Shelley Joyce has just completed an MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation (MSc) at the London School of Economics (LSE) and is now working for an education charity, leading change management for their post-merger restructure activity.  She has over 20 years’ experience as a communication and change management specialist, helping organisations to deliver culture, behaviour and process change on global transformation initiatives. Goal-focused, with a commitment to excellence, she combines creativity and strategic thinking with a disciplined approach to programme management. She is a trustee and board director for a care and support charity in North London (Outward.org.uk) and was Women’s Officer for Islington South Labour for two years.

Areas of Expertise:

Change Management and Strategic Communication professional with 20 years’ experience working on global transformation projects; currently working for two recently merged education charities, delivering change management activity post-merger and on the subsequent restructure.  She has been Trustee and Board member of Outward.org for 4 years (Outward is a care and support charity for people with learning difficulties); recently completed MSc in Gender, Development & Globalisation at LSE.

Interest in men’s engagement in gender equality, tackling VAWG, feminist economics, affective equality and the care economy, Sexuality, women and political engagement, and reproductive autonomy.

 Contact Info:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shelley-joyce-b4770b9/

Louise Jenkins

Brief Biography

Louise is a Gender Specialist with over 9 years’ experience in women and girls rights, specialising in tackling violence against women and girls (VAWG). With excellent communication, research and negotiation skills, Louise is able to build robust working relationships with a wide range of donors, partners and stakeholders both nationally and internationally. She is an experienced trainer, and has undertaken a number of assignments which focus on mainstreaming gender within programmatic work, most recently working in Tanzania where she managed the gender programme and provided technical input into VSO Tanzania’s project design and internal policies and procedures to ensure gender was mainstreamed and integrated across all of the programmatic areas – Education, Health and Secure Livelihoods.

Areas of expertise

Thematic areas: VAWG, gender mainstreaming, civil society organisations, women’s political participation and adolescent girl’s leadership.
Skills: Developing and delivering training, policy, analysis, advocacy and quantative research. Civil Society capacity development, programme development on gender mainstreaming and tool kits, guidelines and tool reviews and creation.

Contact Info:

LinkedIn: http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/louise-jenkins/86/377/ab2

Rebecca Justus

Brief Biography:

Rebecca is a Consultant with over 6 years of experience in international development and human rights, specializing in women and girls’ rights and gender equality. Rebecca has significant experience working with INGOs such as the Aga Khan Foundation, Heartland Alliance International, Search for Common Ground, Women Thrive Alliance, and Yunus Social Business. Rebecca’s country experience includes Afghanistan, Albania, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Senegal, and Tajikistan, in addition to remotely supporting other organizations around the world.

Areas of Expertise:

 Thematic areas of expertise include violence against women and girls; social norm change; child, early and forced marriage; sexual and reproductive health and rights; women’s economic empowerment; female genital mutilation/ cutting; girls’ education; human trafficking and slavery; LGBT rights. Skills include program development and management; proposal development; advocacy and communications; gender equality strategy development; training preparation and facilitation; research and writing.

Contact Info:

Website:   https://www.rjustusconsulting.com/
LinkedIn: 
linkedin.com/in/rebecca-justus


Dr Harjinder Kaur

Brief Biography:

Harjinder is an experienced social researcher and international consultant in child and women's rights and gender equality, and has produced numerous (research) reports. She has worked in senior research, programme and project management, and policy posts for national and international governments and NGOs, and her field experience includes Africa and Asia. Previously, she worked as a UK government gender advisor on EU and international issues with GEO and DFID leading on CEDAW and CSW as well as VAWG, MDGs and UNSCR 1325. She holds an MA in Political Science, an MSc in Policy Analysis and Evaluation, a PhD in gender and masculinity, and is currently undertaking an Executive MBA at Henley Business School.

She is also the founder and director www.menandboysforgenderequality.org. The aim is to raise awareness of the need to engage men and boys in promoting gender equality and ending violence against women and girls.

Areas of Expertise:

Thematic areas: gender; masculinity; VAWG; women’s economic empowerment; governance; women’s political participation; peace and security; international human rights law, particularly CEDAW and CSW. Skills: policy and programme development, management, implementation, analysis and evaluation; monitoring and evaluation; quantitative research; data management and analysis; advanced statistical techniques; qualitative research; research design; proposal and (research) report writing; strategic and organisational development; advocacy; teaching, training, and facilitation; DFID and FCO.

Contact info:

LinkedIn: http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/harjinder-kaur/52/885/998

 

Cori Keene

Brief Biography

Cori completed her graduate studies in agroecology in France (ISARA-Lyon), Norway (NMBU), and human geography and geopolitics in the Netherlands (UvA). 

She has hands-on experience working with farmers and pastoralists throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Her primary research interests include food system development, land rights, gender, agrobiodiversity, geopolitics, and climate change adaptation. Cori is an independent consultant and serves on the Board of

Areas of Expertise:

Agroecology, land rights, gender, geopolitics, climate change adaptation, community-based development, women’s economic empowerment, education, advocacy.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/corikeene/

Polly Kirby

Polly is an international education adviser and teacher educator with over 15 years’ experience supporting strategic education programme development in low-income countries across Africa and Asia. She is highly skilled in facilitating participatory design and learning processes, developing programme strategy at global and local levels and writing policy and technical education papers. Polly has worked with a wide range of stakeholders, policy makers, INGOs and government bodies in the movement to achieve quality education for all children, particularly girls and children with disabilities. She has excellent people skills with an open, participatory approach and expertise in inclusive education, girls’ education and teacher professional development.

Areas of Expertise:

Inclusive education, girl’s education.

Contact Info:

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/pollykirby

Israel Gabriel Laizer

Brief Biography:

I am Israel G. Laizer, working with United Nations Development Programmes (UNDP) Legislative Support Project as a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist; I have a Master’s Degree in Development Studies from University of Dar es Salaam in its Institute of Development Studies (IDS). For the past 10 years, I have been working with national and international Non-Governmental Organizations, Government and government agencies, different Development Partners (DPs), Research Institutions and Universities in the country and outside the country and currently working on UNDP supported Legislative Project in both Tanzania National Assembly and Zanzibar House of Representatives as Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Moreover, I am pursuing a Doctoral degree (PhD) programme at the University of Dar es Salaam Institute of Development Studies (IDS) exploring the prospect of development in Tanzania using domestic resource mobilization as an alternative development model.

Contact Info:

LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/israel-laizer-99713b46?trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile

Ned Lawton

Brief Biography:

I am an independent consultant specializing in promoting gender equality, inclusion and human rights. I am strongly committed to advancing social justice for all women and men. I have worked in the United Nations system, in academic research, in a non-governmental organization, and as an independent consultant. I have twenty years' work experience in gender equality and inclusion, governance and refugee issues, and in the design, management and evaluation of development cooperation projects.

Contact Info:

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/ned-lawton-58058754

Helen Lindley-Jones

Brief Biography:

Helen is protection and gender specialist with over nine years’ experience in technical advice, programme coordination, research design and implementation, and development of M&E tools and systems. Fluent in French, she most recently worked for three years in the DRC with IRC and Oxfam, and has particular experience in the area of VAWG and gender and conflict. Helen has experience in both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis and innovative evaluation methodologies such as Outcome Mapping and Harvesting.

Contact Info:

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/helen-lindley-jones

 

Kathryn Lockett

Brief Biography:

Kathryn Lockett has been working on gender, GBV and conflict issues for the last twenty years.  She is currently a Senior Gender, Conflict and Stability Adviser with the UK Stabilisation Unit; and has previously worked for DFID (on the VAWG Team and in the Fragile States and Conflict Group), Womankind Worldwide, the British Red Cross and a variety of other INGOs and NGOs.  Kathryn has worked overseas in a variety of conflict settings including Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Pakistan, Nepal and Nigeria.  She is an experienced writer, trainer, researcher, team leader and programme manager with a proven track record in successfully managing complex programmes of work, including effective team and partnership management.  Kathryn has also produced a range of guidance notes and tool kits to support staff integrate gender and GBV into their programming.

Areas of Expertise:

Thematic: Gender & Development; VAWG; Gender & Conflict; Gender mainstreaming;

Areas: Gender mainstreaming, Training, Programme scoping & development; Research; M&E, Policy development

Contact Info:

LinkedIn: http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/kathryn-lockett/1a/275/1a1/

 

Jenevieve Mannell

Brief Biography: 

Jenevieve is a Lecturer in Global Health at UCL specialising in gender policy research, and has worked as a consultant for the public and non-profit sectors for the past 10 years. Her work has largely focused on assisting organisations with their gender research needs, for example conducting research to assess the gender dynamics relevant for new programmes and in developing theories of change; interviewing policy-makers to inform gender advocacy efforts; and designing gender-related tools and frameworks. Previous clients include UNAIDS, International HIV/AIDS Alliance, and the NHS.  She is also affiliated with the Health, Community and Development (HCD) Research Group at the London School of Economics, and the Health, Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) of the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban. 

Areas of Expertise:

Qualitative research, Literature reviews, Theories of change, Policy papers

 

Dr Sarah Markham

Brief Biography:

Sarah is an academic mathematician with a PhD in an area of Pure Mathematics educated at the Universities of Cambridge and Durham.  She is a research consultant and service evaluator for the Wish (Women in Secure Hospitals) Mental Health Charity. She is currently a member of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London where she is involved in the implementation,  recruitment and promotion of patient and public awareness of clinical research trials.

Areas of Expertise:

As a research consultant and service evaluator for Wish (Women in Secure Hospitals) Mental Health Charity, she has expertise in gender specific advocacy focusing on the needs of mentally disordered offenders.

Contact Info:

LinkedIn: uk.linkedin.com/in/drsarahmarkham

 

Dr Lauren McCarthy

Brief Biography:

I’m a researcher and lecturer in the field of corporate social responsibility and sustainability, specialising in gender equality and women’s rights. My research explores women producers’ economic, social and political empowerment within supply chains. Using a range of research methods, I have particular expertise with participatory visual methods, and have worked with Twin Trading, Fairtrade and other organisations and businesses using this approach. I have experience of working in Colombia, India, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Tanzania, and Kenya, and on diverse supply chains including textiles, cotton and cocoa.

 

Fiona McDowell

Brief Biography:

Ms. McDowell is a gender specialist with fifteen years’ experience in the international development sector. She has managed projects funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), and other donors.  Her work has involved project design and implementation, training, analysis, and assessment, and spanned multiple sectors including education, health, and economic development.  She has worked in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, including politically unstable and post-conflict regions. 

Areas of Expertise:

Areas of expertise include gender analysis and integration, training, research, program management, knowledge sharing, and monitoring and evaluation. 

 

Laeticia Mukurasi

Brief Biography:

Laeticia has more than 20 years of professional experience in Gender and Development work. She worked for UNDP and the African Development Bank for a total of 17 years. Previously, she had worked as a Human Resource Manager for a government owned firm. Her expertise lies in the areas of policy development, project design, gender training, resource mobilization and human resource management. Laeticia has also done consulting work for a number of international and national organizations on issues such as gender and integrated pest management, women labour force participation, gender and credit and the transformative potential of gender policies, among others. She recently conducted training on Gender issues in Statistics for officials of the National Bureau of statistics in Tanzania. She was also a consultant for the ILO and UNWOMEN and prepared a Report on the Gender Analysis of the Integrated Labour Force Survey. She has authored, co-authored and published a number of books and articles on gender equality issues.

Julia Njoki Ndwiga

Brief Biography:

A gender mainstreaming professional with 8 years’ experience across  Governmental Institutions (Agriculture Finance Corporation), multilateral organizations (UN Women, UN WFP, IFAD, UNDP) and International Non-Governmental Organizations (Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa-AGRA, Practical Action and International Fertilizer Development Centre, IFDC).

Areas of Expertise:

i) developing and implementing gender policies and strategies; ii) undertaking gender assessments; iii) developing the gender capacity of partners; iv) developing and executing gender plans.

Contact Info:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/julie-ndwiga-2632983a/

Tuula Nieminen

Brief Biography:

Tuula is a widely experienced international law and policy expert with over fifteen years of experience from inter-governmental organisations in Brussels, a City-of-London law firm, academia, and NGOs. Currently Tuula’s legal & policy advice and research work includes women’s rights as well as empowerment of women and girls in developed and developing markets. Passionate about justice, development and empowerment of women, Tuula leads the UN Women UKNC’s work on Post-2015 Development Agenda, is a member of the London Committee of UN Women in the UK, and mentors formerly trafficked women in London as well as aspiring businesswomen in Africa, South Asia and the Middle East. A visiting lecturer in law and business schools, Tuula is also a regular keynote speaker, facilitator and chair at member and stakeholder meetings, corporate and public policy conferences. Tuula has post-graduate qualifications in international law (PhD) and global business (MBA). Admitted to the Finnish Bar Association in 1999, she has also trained as a co-active coach and received a Certification in international Corporate Compliance & Ethics.

Areas of Expertise:

European/global legal and policy framework for women’s rights, gender justice and women’s empowerment; law and policy research, analysis and advice; government/IGO relations; corporate engagement; training and capacity building; MDGs, Post-2015 development agenda and sustainable development goals; UN Global Compact; UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights; Women’s Empowerment Principles; corporate citizenship and gender; ethical trading and women; gender and value chain development; anti-corruption; anti-trafficking; empowerment of women and girls.

 

Kate Norman

Brief Biography:

10 years experience as a consultant/researcher across Africa and Asia with a focus on participatory research, SRH, VAW, harmful traditional practices, voice and accountability,  community health and behaviour change communication.  Experience working on large scale bilaterial and multilateral programmes (DFID, USAID, World Bank etc), as well as contracts with numerous NGOs. Recent focus has been supporting FORWARD with their Participatory research (PEER) studies with girls at risk of teenage pregnancy, FGM, child marriage and fistula in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana, Nigeria and Ethiopia.  

Areas of Expertise:

Participatory research (especially PEER methodology), Behaviour Change Communication, Voice and Accountability, Programme Design, Monitoring and Evaluation, Training and Capacity Building, Communications/report writing.

 

Gauthami Penakalapati

Brief Biography:

I am a graduate student in the Energy and Resources Group (ERG) at UC Berkeley. I am interested in building and evaluating sustainable, iterative, and progressive programs supporting female adolescent health and well-being. I am especially interested in female adolescent empowerment and critical consciousness and how agency, identity development, and mentorship can promote creative and resilient life skills.

I am a mixed-methods researcher. I have 6+ years of experience designing and implementing research in international settings. I am a mixed methods researcher with modelling, social network analysis skills (ego-centric surveys), qualitative methods, and photo documentary.

 

Sandra Iman Pertek

Brief Biography:

Sandra Iman Pertek is a social development and gender specialist with more than 10-year experience in international development and education sector in several countries. She is currently a doctoral researcher at University of Birmingham within SEREDA project. Previously served as Senior Policy Adviser on Gender at Islamic Relief Worldwide, where she developed the first ever Gender Justice Policy and GBV policies in Muslim INGO setting and led gender mainstreaming strategy in global operations. Consultant to governmental, non-governmental and international organisations on gender, religion and development. She holds an MSc in Social Development Practice from University College London and a BA in European Studies from University of Warsaw.

Areas of Expertise:

Gender justice and faith, SGBV, forced migration

Contact info:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sandraimanpertek/

 

Ian Plaskett

Brief Biography:

Senior gender and child rights professional with over 15 years global experience across Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.  Throughout my extensive career I have been heavily involved in the programme delivery, policy engagement, monitoring and evaluation of technical assistance programmes for UNICEF and non-governmental organisations.  This experience has been gained from several locations –UNICEF South Sudan, UNICEF Zambia, UNICEF Malawi, UNICEF Eastern Caribbean, UNICEF HQ New York, South Africa, Lesotho and Nepal.   Key programming areas that I’ve been a thought leader on are – child protection – gender based violence (inc. SGBV), violence against children, protection of civilians, birth registration, law reform, juvenile justice, rule of law, peace-building, education, monitoring and evaluation.

Areas of Expertise:

CHILD RIGHTS, CHILD PROTECTION (VAWG, justice & rule of law), SOCIAL INCLUSION (Gender & Disability), and EDUCATION (peace-building, life-skills), FRAGILE and CONFLICT AFFECTED STATES.

Contact info:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ian-d-plaskett-21b48851/

 

Penny Plowman

Brief Biography:

Penny works as an independent organisational development consultant specialising in gender and organisational change. She began her work on gender and development in the early 1990s with Oxfam GB in the context of South and Southern Africa. She has extensive experience of working as a gender trainer, consultant and facilitator working with NGOs, donors and government in South Africa and other countries in Africa and in India.  Penny’s doctoral research examined gender and race in the context of a South African ethnographic case study. Penny is an External Research Associate in International Development at the University of East Anglia.

Areas of Expertise:

Building gender knowledge and practical skills within development organisations across all departments; participatory gender audits; mentoring; teaching short courses on gender and development linking theory and practice; training workshops for reflective process and practice combining writing and dialogue ( qualitative diary study and personal learning journal).

Contact info:

LinkedIn: https://za.linkedin.com/in/penelope-j-plowman-03477a1a

 

Martekie Quaye

Brief Biography:

I completed my Masters in Gender and Development from the University of Melbourne in 2014. During that time I specialized in children and conflict within Africa, completed an international internship and thesis, the subject of which was children born of rape during the Rwandan genocide.  I completed research in the field, working with local NGOs to gain a greater understanding of the current context affecting my subjects.  Most recently working with AfriKids UK where I spearheaded their gender consciousness, generating accessible research, documents, briefings and policies in relation to gender for the UK and Ghana.

Areas of Expertise:

Particularly interested/experienced in conflict and violence against women and girls within Africa.

Contact Info:

LinkedIn:  https://uk.linkedin.com/pub/martekie-quaye/89/32a/556

 

Anne Quesney

Brief Biography:

I hold an MSc in Gender, Sexuality and Society and have 15 years’ experience of working in Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), gender and development issues at national and international level. Experience of developing and delivering innovative, successful advocacy strategies and initiatives, high profile campaigns, fundraising / grant writing, events management, donor and media relations. Strategic thinker, enthusiastic, focused, results orientated and creative. Outstanding networking and communication skills. Fluent in French and German, working knowledge of Spanish and Dutch. 

Areas of Expertise:

Advocacy / Campaigns Strategy,  Fundraising/Grant writing, Research, Trainer / Facilitator, Gender Audits, Events.

Contact Info:

LinkedIn: http://uk.linkedin.com/pub/anne-quesney/67/988/531

 

Sonia Bala Rastogi

Sonia is a humanitarian and human rights practitioner with 8 years of experience in gender-based violence, GBV mainstreaming, sexual/reproductive rights, HIV and trauma-informed care. Her technical skills include rapid assessments, policy analysis and advocacy, M&E and program implementation in conflict settings and with marginalized communities in the U.S. Sonia has worked in South Sudan, Jordan and Malawi. Prior to the humanitarian sector, Sonia advocated for policies to improve the health and rights of women living with HIV in the U.S. She holds a Master in Public Health from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.

Contact Info:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/soniarastogi/ 

 

Tatiane Sant'Ana Coelho Reis

Being aware of social injustice turned my struggles into fuel that could provide me energy to support women’s life-changing initiatives. As an undergraduate and graduate History student I was part of different research groups, wrote papers and examined gender issues on both final projects. I am the Women Empowerment Program Coordinator at Africa Youth for Peace and Development where we implement projects focused on African women’s issues such as poor access to land, credit and education.  I yearn to respond to new and global challenges by joining different networks.

Contact Info:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tatiane-reis-b6936919/  

 

Jireh Natalia Rodriguez Malagon

Current LSE MSc Social Policy and Development candidate at the LSE. An University of Essex Alumna most recently involved in the Colombian Government in the Local Ombudsman office in Bogota in projects for the protection of consumer and collective rights, and domestic violence. She has over 5 years voluntary and work experience with government institutions and international and local NGOs in the UK and Colombia. She has conducted research on the rights of forced disappearances victims in Colombia, Women’s political participation and obesity reduction policies in Colombia.

Contact Info:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/natalia-rodriguez-malagon-42779759/ 

 

Sarah Rowse

My work with Children in Crisis, an organisation that works almost exclusively on education and protection programmes with marginalised children, women and communities from conflict affected countries, has given me an expertise, as well as an enduring interest, in the gendered impacts of war and conflict. I'm also very interested in the social constructions of gender and militarised masculinities. 

Contact Info:

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-rowse

 

Chloe Safier

Brief Biography:

 Chloe Safier is an experienced independent consultant who works with NGOs, UN agencies, feminist organizations, women's funds and philanthropies around the world to advance gender equality & women's rights. She is based in the United States and is an associate at Gender at Work.

Contact Info:

Linkedin:   https://www.linkedin.com/in/csafier/

Website: http://chloesafier.com

Blair Salditch

Brief Biography:

Blair Salditch has an MA in Gender in Development with 4+ years in gender and critical feminist analysis in sexual and reproductive health, empowerment and education program design and implementation.

Contact Info:

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/blairsalditch

Mayra Santos

Brief Biography:

Mayra Santos is an Architect and Urbanist by UFPE (2014). Currently an independent researcher on the relationship between urban space and the gender based violence. My areas of research include gender and urban space, right to the city, women's territorial inclusion, gender mainstreaming policies and practices in urban planning, gender violence prevention practices. Currently developing a research project that addresses women's experiences in large urban centers, I always try to expand the limits for the exchange of experiences and information, searching data around the globe to demonstrate the universality of the theme.

Areas of Expertise:

Being an architect, my area of interest is the relation between the configuration of the urban space and gender based violence.

Contact Info:

Linkedinhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/mayra-santos14121989

 

Mwanahamisi Salimu Singano

Brief Biography:

Mwanahamisi Salimu Singano is seasoned development expert and gender activists with extensive experience in the socioeconomic programing, policy advocacy and development campaigns. For more than 10 years Ms Singano has worked on women rights from different angles; Violence Against Women, Financial Inclusion, Women Empowerment, Land Rights, Food Rights, Climate Change, Governance and Leadership and Sexual Reproductive Rights.

Ms Singano worked with and managed spectrum of partnerships in different capacities, these includes; governments, regional and global institutions (e.g. Africa Union, Africa Development Bank, UNECA and UNFCCC) Private sector, INGOs, Regional CSO umbrella organizations, Local civil societies, academic/research institutions and celebrities.

Contact Info:

Linkedin: https://tz.linkedin.com/in/mwanahamisi-singano-6722bba

 

Anna Shotton

Brief Biography:

I am a London-based consultant providing programme design, evaluation, guidance development, and training services, to international organizations, governments and NGOs.  Specific expertise in peacebuilding, peacekeeping and humanitarian response.  Thematic knowledge of gender mainstreaming (including Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) and related resolutions, mine action, police, justice, corrections, DDR of former combatants, security sector reform.

Areas of Expertise:

Design of monitoring systems and indicators, and programme evaluation and performance audits (using non-experimental design, and qualitative and quantitative data collection methods) (e.g., Gender Audit done of the UN Mission in Liberia, July 2013); Drafting of guidelines, lessons learned and good practices (e.g. drafting of UN peacekeeping guidelines on women's participation in electoral processes, August 2013); Training design and delivery on project management; Over 16 years in peacekeeping, peacebuilding, humanitarian assistance and human rights, including 5 years based in conflict/post-conflict countries (Horn of Africa, Zimbabwe and Haiti)

Contact Info:

Website: www.annashotton.com

 

Lauren Smith

Brief Biography:

Lauren is a policy and external relations specialist with over 10 years’ experience in strategic communications, policy and external relations roles in partnership and project settings. She is passionate about gender equality, strengthening women's participation and influence, and partnerships for development. Lauren is academically trained in international security, international relations and development policy and holds a First Class M.A. in International Security, an Honors post graduate in International Relations, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science; and Media Studies. She has worked in Asia Pacific, North America, and the UK with multilateral agencies, government and NGOs.

Areas of Expertise:

Lauren's UN system experience, and prior work with multilaterals UNDP and OECD, is complemented by 10+ years of public policy employment with a focus on children and youth safeguarding and engagement. She has undertaken research in 2018 to evaluate progress made by the UK in implementing SGD 5 on Gender Equality, MeasuringUp was presented at the 2018 HLPF on Sustainable Development in New York. She has covered UN and international processes such as Agenda 2030, SDGs, FFD, and partnership forums for UNDP as Global Partnership and Multi-stakeholder Analyst and is an experienced partnership and intergovernmental analyst, global focal point and coordinator. She is a Trustee and Management Committee Member for the National Alliance of Women's Organisations which works to extend women's participation and influence at national, regional and international level via relevant processes including UN CSW, CEDAW, and UK Joint Committee on Women engagement with the European Women's Lobby. Her skill-set includes diplomatic outreach and advocacy for institutional positioning, external and internal communication, policy and stakeholder analysis, project management and reporting, and management of communities of practice.

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Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/lauren-smith-45a30584
 

Ines Smyth

Brief Biography:

A senior gender and development consultant, Ines has over 20 years’ experience working mainly with Oxfam and the Asian Development Bank, and 15 years as a researcher and lecturer in academic institutions such as the Institute of Social Studies (The Hauge) and the Development Studies Institute at LSE. Ines has a PhD in Social Anthropology from University College London.

Areas of Expertise:

Thematic areas: gender mainstreaming in all its form, women’s political participation, GBV/VAW, gender in humanitarian crisis. Skills: gender and women’s rights training and mentoring, facilitation and strategic planning, research and assessments, proposal development, review and creation of gender specific tool kits and guidelines.

Contact Info:

Linkedin: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/ines-smyth-86994812

 

Stephanie Soria

Brief Biography:

I am holder of a BA in International Development and International Relations and in the process of completing a MA in Education, Gender and International Development. I am currently Managing Director at Emerge For Africa Ltd, and work as Independent Consultant in Education, Gender and International Development. My areas of expertise are Strategic Project Planning, Project Impact Assessment, Gender Training, Gender Mainstreaming in Development Initiatives, Gender Responsiveness in Programming and Operations, Capacity Building in Participatory and Collaborative Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning in the fields of Education and Gender. My areas of interest include girls' education, forced marriage, early pregnancy, gender-based violence and discriminations, harmful social norms and practices, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and engaging men and boys in gender equality, in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Contact Info:

LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephanie-soria-516596a8

 

Rebecca Spriggs

Brief Biography:

Rebecca is a Gender Equality and International Development Specialist, with over 5 years of United Nations and World Bank Group experience and a specialisation in Gender.
Rebecca’s projects have ranged from competitively clustering smallholder farmers and fishers in Cabo Verde, to upholding rights of widows in Cameroon. She has been a contributor to, and editor of, a number of United Nations (UN) publications. She has been an editor of documents for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

Rebecca holds a BA Hons first class honours (4.0 GPA) in International Relations and Political Science, with a grade of 100% on her dissertation research. She also holds a MSc from the LSE in Gender, Development and Globalization, summa cum laude.

Contact Info:

LinkedIn:  www.linkedin.com/in/rebeccaspriggs/

Website: www.genderequalityexpert.com

 

Professor Ann Stewart

Brief Biography:

Professor of Law, Warwick University specialises in gender and the law particularly in the context of international development; particularly Southern and Eastern Africa and South Asia; gender and judicial training; gender and plural legal systems; gender, caring and body work esp for elderly; global value chain governance; ongoing projects -caring for elderly women in Kenya; gendered access to education in Haryana. Ford Visiting Professorial Fellow, the Centre for Law and Governance at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi 2010; Leverhulme Fellow 2016-2017; co-lead for Warwick University’s Global Research Priority on International Development; member peer review council Arts and Humanities Research Council.

 

Mary Surridge

Brief Biography:

I have worked in support of women’s rights in UK since the 1980s and in various forms of gender and development since 1991.  Much of my early work was in women’s leadership and girls’ education but I have also worked in support of women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights and women and forestry, agriculture and climate change. Much of my recent work has been in conducting gender audits and evaluations and capacity strengthening of various agencies to help them better embed a gender perspective in their organisational structures and in the implementation of their programmes.

 

Deborah Tambulasi Banda

Brief Biography:

A passionate gender specialist, with experience in gender analysis, mainstreaming and gender coordinating, GBV prevention. In addition, An inspired Educationist,  Cultural Activities Coordinator, Researcher, Fine Artist, Dramatist, Actress, Playwright, Poet, Mentor and a Motivational speaker with 5 years experience in both local (MSCE) and international high school with IGCSE, AS and A2 Syllabuses who is flexible to adapt to new challenges and a team player.

 

Robyn Vernon-Harcourt

Brief Biography:

International development professional with programmatic, research and technical experience in gender, entrepreneurship, livelihoods and mentoring in the Americas, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Project and team leader, with a record of delivering innovative programmes on time and within budget through my own action and successful team work. Developed and set up a successful regional office for a UK renewable energy charity in Kathmandu, Nepal. Looking for an opportunity to support an organisation achieve its’ objectives and develop and deliver meaningful, effective and appropriate programming in gender and children's rights, education and livelihoods.

Contact Info:

LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/robyn-vernon-harcourt-579a0246

 

Reem Wael

Brief Biography:

With a solid professional and educational background, Reem has 13 years of experience working on gender transformative approaches with NGOs, international organizations, corporates and educational institutions. She holds a PhD from SOAS, University of London for which she studied the role of civil society in closing the gap between women and the law in South Africa. She did her ethnographic fieldwork in Kwazulu Natal and Gauteng; in addition, she worked on numerous research projects including baseline and evaluation studies as well as investigative research. Reem currently owns and manages Tannour Consultants, a consultancy company based in Egypt and working on gender issues through training, research and policy, and creative campaigns, focusing on the Middle East and Africa. Among her many assignments, she wrote sexual harassment and gender policies for various businesses and education institutions, ran trainings and created and coordinated campaigns on domestic violence, sexual harassment and male engagement. She was the Executive Director of HarassMap, a local NGO in Egypt working to end social acceptability of sexual harassment for the last 3 years. She worked as an independent consultant with various national and international organizations including the British Council and GOPA Worldwide.

 

Tina Wallace

Brief Biography:

I have taught, done research and been a practitioner in development for many years especially in Africa and UK. My work is all from a gender perspective. I am attached to Oxford University and do freelance work, especially around issues such as gender audits, evaluations, strategic thinking and learning on topics such as FGM, VAW, women’s economic empowerment, care work, and women in non traditional livelihoods, refugees and volunteerism. I have published widely and worked in grant making with several Foundations, Big Lottery and Comic Relief. I work extensively with NGOs.

 

Aneeta Williams

Brief Biography

Experienced and highly-qualified lawyer and international development and humanitarian practitioner with experience in capacity-building/facilitating, Organisational and Public Policy Development and Advocacy, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Policy analysis, Qualitative Research, Knowledge Management, youth and child participation. A highly-motivated, conscientious team-player with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate concisely and articulately at all levels.

Areas of Expertise:

Human Rights, Gender, Child Rights, Child Safeguarding and Protection, Justice for vulnerable victims/witnesses.  Clients have included: UNICEF, WHO, Institut International des Droits de l'Enfant (Switzerland), MAPC/MKKM, The Children's Society, Mother's Union, Erikshjalpen, EU-CORD, Micah Network, King's College London, Keeping Children Safe, Act for Peace, Humanitarian Accountability Partnership International, WorldVision UK.

Contact Info:

LinkedIn: uk.linkedin.com/in/aneetawilliams

 

Tess Woolfenden

Brief Biography

I am currently studying for an MSc in Development Studies at SOAS, specialising in gender. Having worked in the field of development for nearly two years as a member of a support team, I am embarking on this degree in order to expand my knowledge and learning or what it means to work in a technical capacity in the industry. I hope to be able to work in the NGO sector once completing my degree, as well as gain all the necessary experience over the course of the next year to enable me to achieve this.

Areas of Expertise:

My particular key areas of interest are Gender Mainstreaming and Violence Against Women and Girls.

Contact Info:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tess-woolfenden-ba76347a