Dr Chi-Chi Undie (Chair)
Dr Undie is an Associate in the Reproductive Health Program of the Population Council. She coordinates and provides strategic and technical oversight for the Population Council-led ‘Africa Regional SGBV Network’ – a network of partners in the East and Southern Africa region which designs, implements, and tests innovative response models to SGBV in low-resource settings. In addition, her SGBV-related research has centered on responses to intimate partner violence in East Africa. This work is currently being adapted and tested to meet the needs refugees and children in the region. She holds an interdisciplinary doctoral degree in Language, Literacy, and Culture from the University of Maryland, and was formerly a Ford Foundation post-doctoral fellow, and later, an Associate Research Scientist, at the African Population and Health Research Center; and a Lead Ethnographer at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is an Advisory Group member of the Institute of Development Studies’ Sexuality and Development program (University of Sussex).
Craig is a Chartered Accountant and co-director of Insurance Studio Consulting. His 30-year career in life and health insurance across Africa includes a long list of innovation, transformation and pioneering initiatives aimed at improving access to high quality insurance products for consumers previously excluded from participating in these products. Exclusion from financial services products comes in many forms, ranging from financial to health to geographic circumstances. Craig’s work has focussed on finding creative solutions to these challenges. In addition to holding CEO and CFO leadership roles in many of these ventures, Craig has held Board positions in companies listed on four stock exchanges. Today Insurance Studio Consulting provides deep operational involvement in financial services businesses and initiatives, and has interests across multiple African countries.
Liz is a health specialist with over 20 years’ research and policy-making experience on health systems, mental health, violence against women and children. Having worked in several countries, in both government and research positions, Liz has a deep understanding of the policy process and use or research to inform policy and practice. For example, in South Africa, Liz worked for the Department of Health at both provincial and national levels in epidemiology and health information systems. In Australia she worked in mental health for the Western Australian state government. Since 2006, Liz has managed the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI), and recently with support of multiple partners, launched SVRI as an independent NGO. The SVRI, with more than 6600 members, is one of the largest networks in the field of research on violence against women and violence against children. The SVRI produces leading publications and materials; strengthens research capacity, provides research grants and technical assistance for research on violence against women in low and middle income countries; and hosts the key global biannual event in the field – the SVRI Forum. Liz is committed to research and policy-making that is women centred, ethical, equitable and partnership based. Further, through the SVRI and our partners we are reversing the global imbalance in research capacity and resources to ensure research on violence against women in low and middle income countries is led by researchers in low and middle income countries and knowledge production is driven by research priorities and needs of the global South.
Nomsa Mokhele is a Chartered Accountant with over 9 years’ experience as a finance professional and is a former Non-Executive Director of the SVRI. She completed her article training at PwC in one of the financial service audit departments. Nomsa is also a former training manager at PwC’s Business School, which included involvement in corporate governance, managing a board programme that was aimed at supporting directors through the changing landscape of their challenging roles. In addition to her accounting qualifications, Nomsa also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Integrated Reporting from the University of Pretoria. Nomsa is also the Founder and Director of Molemo Business Solutions which supports organisations by creating age-and-stage appropriate solutions that address financial management, strategy development, strategy execution and governance needs of small and medium-sized businesses.