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This group of approximately 30 experts in the VAWG prevention and response field, across multiple geographical contexts, provide expert technical input and advice on key steps in the research priority setting exercise.

                                                                                               GSRA Advisory Group
Name Organisaiton Biography
Mary Ellsberg GWI, George Washington University, USA Dr. Mary Ellsberg is the Executive Director and Founding Director of the Global Women’s Institute at the George Washington University.  Dr. Ellsberg has more than 30 years of experience in international research and programs on gender and development. Before joining the university in August 2012, Dr. Ellsberg served as Vice President for Research and Programs at the International Center for Research on Women. Dr. Ellsberg’s deep connection to global gender issues stems not only from her academic work, but also from living in Nicaragua for nearly 20 years, leading public health and women’s rights advocacy. She was a member of the core research team of the World Health Organization’s Multi-Country Study on Domestic Violence and Women’s Heath, and she has authored more than 40 books and articles on violence against women and girls. Dr. Ellsberg earned a doctorate in epidemiology and public health from Umea University in Sweden and a bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies from Yale University.
Heidi Stöckl LSHTM, UK Heidi Stöckl is an Associate Professor at the Social and Mathematical Epidemiology Group and the Director of the Gender Violence and Health Centre in the Department of Global Health and Development at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and an Honory Senior Lecturer in Clinical Medicine at the University of Witwatersrand. She holds a PhD in Evidence-based Social Intervention from the University of Oxford, Nuffield College, funded by a Rhodes Scholarship. In collaboration with the Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit in Mwanza, Tanzania, funded by an ERC Starting Grant, she currently conducts the first longitudinal study on intimate partner violence among adult women in a low and middle income country. In a separate study, they are also looking at intimate partner violence among men in Mwanza.  In September, together with Dr Meghna Ranganathan, Dr Bathsheba Mahenge, Dr Mitzy Gafos and Dr Joyce Wamoyi, she has started a project on conceptualizing and understanding sexual harassment with an in-depth qualitative study in Mwanza, Tanzania, funded by the British Academy.
Nata Duvvury NUI Galway, Ireland Nata Duvvury is development expert with research interests in gender, labour markets and welfare state,  gendered impacts of globalization, economic costs of gender based violence, civil society and global governance, and social mobilization. Dr. Duvvury has extensive international research and program experience in gender and development, with particular emphasis on gender inequality, domestic violence, rights-based approached to development, and civil society participation and accountability. She has authored more than 50 research reports, peer-review publications and papers in edited books. Dr. Duvvury contributed a chapter to the recent Secretary General’s report on Violence Against Women, which was introduced in the General Assembly of the United Nations on October 9, 2006. Read more
Ingrid van der Heijden Consultant

South Africa

Ingrid is a public health specialist consultant with a Master’s degree in Social Anthropology and a PhD in Public Health. Her interests lie in exploring the intersections of gender, violence and disability in low-middle income countries. Her PhD focused on women with physical disabilities’ experiences of gender-based violence in the Western Cape, South Africa. She has worked on several projects including the What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls Global Programme. She was also involved in formative research on developing and testing gender-and disability specific coping interventions and linkages to care and treatment for HIV positive people in South Africa.
Kasumi Nakagawa Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia, Cambodia Ms. Kasumi Nakagawa has been a faculty member at the Pannasastra University of Cambodia since 2002, in charge of gender studies at the foundation course and is a key figure in the development of the Cambodian National Action Plan to prevent Violence against Women (NAPVAW). Ms. Nakagawa has worked in Cambodia for a number of years as a consultant for the Ministry of Women’s Affairs of Cambodia in the field of gender-based violence and has helped the Cambodian government draft the report on the implementation of the Beijing Declaration 1995. She has done research on gender based violence during the Cambodian conflict, which includes untold stories of violence perpetrated against women, men and LGBT.
Prabu Deepan Tearfund

Sri Lanka

Prabu Deepan is Tearfund’s technical lead, working worldwide to tackle gender-based and sexual violence. Prabu has more than 10 years of experience in working on HIV, SRH, Gender and Masculinities work, with specific focus on young people and the engagement of men and boys. He currently leads the evidence-based gender transformative approaches for SGBV and peace building initiatives for Tearfund, and is the primary researcher of the Tearfund “Men, Faith and Masculinities” baseline studies for DRC, Rwanda and Burundi. Prior to joining Tearfund, Prabu was the Project Manager for Youth Engagement, Communications and Advocacy for CARE Sri Lanka’s project on Engaging Men and Boys to Redefine for Gender Equality (EMERGE), and was part of the team that led the “Broadening gender: Why masculinities matter” study on masculinities in Sri Lanka as part of the UN Multi-country study on men and violence in Asia and the Pacific. He also developed the policy and programming brief for working with youth to prevent and respond to SGBV based on the findings of this study. Prabu is the co-founder of the STITCH Movement; a youth volunteer movement in Sri Lanka promoting activism and volunteerism.
Yandisa Sikweyiya SAMRC

South Africa

Yandisa Sikweyiya is a Specialist Scientist in the Gender and Health Research Unit at the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC). He has worked at the SAMRC for close to 15 years. Yandisa holds a Master’s in Public Health degree from Umea University in Sweden. In 2006 (May to October) he was a Fellow in the South African Research Ethics Training Initiative (SARETI), then jointly offered by the Universities of Pretoria and KwaZulu-Natal. He obtained his PhD (Public Health) from the University of the Witwatersrand. He is a member of the National Health Research Ethics Council (NHREC).
Lusajo Kajula-Maonga Consultant


Lusajo Kajula-Maonga is an independent consultant with a PhD in Health Behaviour and Promotion from the University of Maastricht, Netherlands. Her research interests lie in risky sexual behaviour among adolescents and youth, Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), Violence against Children (VAW), HIV related stigma, as well as parenting and family interactions. Since 2002, Lusajo has been involved in several international collaborations that addressed adolescent and youth sexual behavior in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her past research projects included being site PI for an intervention trial that looked at a population of young men in 60 camps, parents’ and teacher’s communication with youth about HIV-related sexual behaviors in Tanzania as well as social and cultural factors associated with concurrent sexual partnerships in Tanzania amongst others. At Innocenti, she coordinates a study on Cash Plus for Adolescents in Tanzania and supports qualitative research more generally in the Transfer Project.
Ghida Anani Abaad, Lebanon Ghida Anani is a Professor at the Modern University for Business and Science and an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Public Health in the Lebanese University. She was a Co-founder and Programme Coordinator at KAFA (Enough) Violence & Exploitation and a Gender-Based Violence Consultant. Prior to her work with KAFA, Anani worked as a medical-social worker at the Lebanese Council to Resist Violence against Women. In 2008,  Anani received the Excellence in Collaborative Teaching Award from the American University of Beirut.  In 2011, Anani founded and continues to manage ABAAD – Resource Centre for Gender Equality, which conducts activities in Lebanon and throughout the MENA region. In 2014,  Anani was awarded the “Women Leadership Achievement Award”.
Enrica Duncan Nossas, Brazil Enrica Duncan is Chief of Staff of Nossas, a women-led laboratory for civic engagement and activism in Latin America that develops methodology and technology to equip young citizens to impact policymaking. As a laboratory, Nossas has designed, developed and maintained projects on social demands since 2011. These projects have mobilized over 500,000 people, using a wide variety of custom and internally built tactics. Enrica leads the teams composed of multidisciplinary professionals on the projects such as the three local hubs for mobilizations Meu Rio, Minha Sampa and Meu Recife, and new initiatives Beta and Bonde that are testing technology for social causes. Enrica has a degree in Politics from the New School and has worked and lived in Japan, South Africa and Belgium.
Ishra Nazeer University of Sri Jayewardenepura

Sri Lanks]a

Ishra Nazeer is a lecturer in Community Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura. Ishra’s research interests include Public Health, Prevention of violence, Sexual and reproductive health, Women and gender studies.
Martin Hernan Di Marco National Scientific and Technical Research Council,


Martín Hernán Di Marco is a PhD candidate in Social Sciences from Buenos Aires University (UBA, Argentina). He completed his degree in Sociology in UBA and he currently has teaching positions in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Law and Health Department (UNLaM). His research interests include violence and violent deaths, public health, socio-cultural epidemiology, life stories and data triangulation. His PhD project is focused on the analysis of social and institutional trajectories of men who have committed homicides in the outskirts of Buenos Aires Capital City.
Alessandra Guedes UNICEF


Alessandra Guedes is currently the Manager for Gender and Development Research at UNICEF Office of Research Innocenti, based in Florence, Italy. She has worked intensively in the areas of public health and prevention of violence against women and violence against children for the past 20 years, including as WHO’s Regional Advisor for the Americas. She has published widely on this topic and is particularly interested in the intersections between violence against women and violence against children. Alessandra is the recipient of a British Chevening scholarship and holds an MSc in Public Health for Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and an MA in Art Therapy from the George Washington University. She is currently the co-chair of the Leadership Council of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) and was previously vice-president of the board of Promundo, an international NGO working with men and boys to promote gender equality. She has participated in various professional groups and consortia, including: Post-Abortion Care Consortium (co-chair of Safe Motherhood Task Force), International Emergency Contraception Consortium and Latin American Consortium for Emergency Contraception (member of the Steering Committee).
Diana Arango World Bank, USA Diana J. Arango is the Sr. Gender-Based Violence and Development Specialist in the Gender Cross-Cutting Solutions Area at the World Bank Group. She has more than 10 years of experience working on development issues including gender-based violence, specifically within the context of humanitarian settings. Before joining the World Bank Group she was a Research Scientist at George Washington University’s Global Women’s Institute leading research on violence against women and girls in conflict settings. Prior to that she served as the Global Coordinator for the development and implementation of the Gender-Based Violence Information Management System (GBVIMS), an innovative inter-agency initiative that aids humanitarian workers in collecting timely data on GBV incidents that can then be used to inform programmatic work. She has an MSc from the London School of Economics in Anthropology and Development, and has on the ground experience in several countries, including Colombia, Haiti, Chad, Somalia, Uganda, and South Sudan.
Kalliopi Mingeirou UNWomen, USA Kalliope Mingeirou is currently the acting Chief of the Ending Violence against Women Section at UN-Women in New York. She is also leading the work of the section in the area of prevention. She is a lawyer by training, holding an LL.M. on public international law. Before joining UN-Women, Kalliope worked as a practicing lawyer in Greece, and at international level, she worked for UN agencies, as well as international NGOs in the areas of human rights, women’s human rights and refugee protection in several countries, such as in the post-genocide Rwanda, Sweden, Burundi, Morocco, Bosnia Herzegovina, Liberia, Guinea and Ivory Coast.
Lori Michau Raising Voices


Lori Michau is a Co-founder and Co-director at Raising Voices where she invests abundant energy to create a supportive, inspiring and challenging work environment. Involved in all aspects of work at Raising Voices, she spends her days supporting staff and strategy development, developing ideas and programs, learning from experiences on the ground, and discovering new ways to promote violence prevention. Lori loves injecting beauty into her work through art and design and is detail-oriented to the point of mild obsession. Lori received her Masters in Human Rights at Makerere University and has lived in the region since 1995. Before co-founding Raising Voices, she worked at Kuleana Center for Children’s Rights and Jijenge! Women’s Center for Sexual Health. Lori is the author of several ground-breaking violence prevention methodologies, various articles and serves on many advisory boards.
Tina Musuya CEDOVIP, Uganda Tina Musuya is the Executive Director, holds an MA in Sociology from Makerere University. Under her guidance, CEDOVIP won the 2010 UNAIDS Red Ribbon Award for innovative work in preventing violence against women and HIV and also successfully piloted the SASA! Programing in Kampala that was the site of the ground breaking SASA! study that brought to light evidence that preventing violence against women through social norm change is possible.

Tina has several years of experience working with communities, police, civil society and policy makers to prevent VAW. She oversees CEDOVIP’s violence against women prevention work. She coordinated the development of the Uganda Police Force handbook and the training manual in order to diversify the constituent base. Tina helped draft and successfully campaigned for passage of the Domestic Violence Act, and the Kawempe Domestic Violence Bylaw.
Tina’s positive thinking brings a sense of gratitude and optimism to the CEDOVIP team. This has made her the “CEDOVIP mentor” who wants to see everyone succeed in their job and role.

Manisha Mehta WPF, USA Manisha Mehta is a Senior Program Officer at Wellspring Advisors
Tesmerelna Astbeha WPF, USA Tesmerelna Atsbeha is a senior program officer on the Women’s Rights team at Wellspring Philanthropic Fund since 2016 where her grantmaking focus is reproductive rights in Latin America and global prevention of Violence Against Women programming. Her previous experiences include working at UNWomen in the Health and HIV/AIDS unit and at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health as part of the International AIDS Care and Treatment Program (ICAP). Prior to that, she was based overseas for ten years in Africa and Latin America working on Sexual and Reproductive Health research and implementation projects with UNDP, The Global Fund and several academic institutions. She holds a BA in International Relations from Brown University, a MPH from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; and a MA in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.
Emily Esplen DFID, UK Emily is a gender and development expert. Her professional experience includes senior leadership roles; managing global research programmes in academic and policy contexts; political and policy advice to governments, multilaterals and research bodies; capacity development with southern women’s organisations. She has a track record of research, analysis and writing, combined with managerial and leadership skills.
Bhiamie Williamson Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research ANU,


Mr Bhiamie Williamson is a Euahlayi man from north-western New South Wales (NSW) with family ties

to northwest Qld. He is an Academic Associate and PhD scholar at the Centre for Aboriginal Economic

Policy Research (CAEPR), Research School of Social Sciences, College of Arts & Social Sciences, the


Kumudu Wijewardene University Of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka Kumudu Wijewardena is a professor in Community Health at Sri Jayewardenepura University in Colombo, Sri Lanka and a Co-chairperson of the Gender Equity and Equality Standing Committee of the Universities Grant Commission (UGC) which is planning and coordinating university education in Sri Lanka.
Shireen Bhamani Agha Khan University, Pakistan Shireen is a Nurse, Epidemiologist and Bio statistician. She holds a Masters of Science in Epidemiology & Biostatistics in 2013 and Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2004 from Aga Khan University. She is competent in the area of public health nursing, education and research. She is capable of maintaining rigor, training community people, building rapport and linkages with ultra-poor community, empowering and mobilizing community women etc.


She finds herself very skillful and trained in data management, quantitative data analysis using different softwares i.e SPSS, STATA and PSPP. She is also quick in transforming her efforts into print and contribute scholarly as she has authored / co-authored several papers in peer reviewed, indexed and non-indexed journals. Shireen’s research expertise includes public health with special interest in mental health of women and validation studies. As part of her Master’s thesis, have validated the resilience scale for contextual use which is highly important for mental health planning, research, policy and interventions at the community level.

Jesus Hernandez Epidemiologist, Puerto Rico Dr. Jesús Hernández Burgos, holds a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences, master’s degree in general public health and a doctorate’s degree in epidemiology from Ponce Health Sciences University in Puerto Rico. Jesus worked as: an epidemiologist in the Puerto Rico Department of Health, an Public Health Advisor during the Zika response at the CDC quarantine station at the Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport in San Juan; and currently serve as Director of Health Initiatives Publisher of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center in Chicago, Illinois. He is the founder and executive director of the Miss Gay Puerto Rico Org. He manages 11 sources of funds ranging from the CDC, SAMHSA, Illinois Department of Public Health and the Chicago Department of Public Health focused on the prevention of HIV in vulnerable communities such as the transsexual and non-binary community. At this time, apart from direct services, the Chicago Department of Public Health has approved a research proposal for him on the risk factors of Gay Latino Men regarding access to health services in their community. Jesus works as the “Adjunct Professor” for the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He is also part of a program with a high school where he offers students interested in Public Health the opportunity to take their first Public Health course at the school and the time is credited in college credit
Tvisha Nevatia Raising Voices, Uganda / India Tvisha Nevatia is currently providing technical assistance on research and implementation of evidence-based solutions to end violence against women and children (VAWC). Tvisha has five years of experience with RCTs & qualitative research on intimate partner violence (IPV) and women’s labor force participation in Uganda & India. She holds a postgraduate degree in economics from London School of Economics.
Anil Raghuvanshi Child safe net, Nepal Anil Raghuvanshi is a seasoned child rights professional with more than 29 years of experience in the field of child protection at UN agencies and international organizations. He had launched the Stop.Think.Connect movement in Nepal and was instrumental in starting the Safer Internet Day campaign in Nepal. He has led acclaimed research studies on child protection at the international level, including research studies on the emerging cyber safety issues.


He had served as a child protection professional in nine Asian, African, European and the Caribbean countries. Earlier, he had worked with Unicef Nigeria as the Child Protection in Emergencies Manager and was responsible for managing the programme to protect children from Boko Haram emergency. Furthermore, Anil had served as the Child Protection Team Leader at the UN peacekeeping mission in Darfur (Sudan).  Moreover, while working as the Deputy Director at ECPAT International, he had contributed inputs to the UN Secretary General’s Study on Violence against Children (2006) and had managed the “make-IT-safe” campaign for the protection of children from sexual exploitation online.  He has an MBA degree from Tribhuvan University, Nepal.

Bhim Reddy Institute for Human Development, Delhi Bhim Reddy is a Fellow at IHD, and an Associate Editor of the Indian Journal of Human Development. His Ph.D from the Department of Anthropology, University of Hyderabad, focused on rural-urban labour migration and agrarian change. His research interests are in agrarian political economy, manifestations of caste in contemporary India, everyday lives and politics of migrant/informal labour in urban centres, emerging recruitment practices in urban labour markets, struggles for urban citizenship, and urban violence.
Shruti Majumdar UN Trust Fund, USA Shruti Majumdar is a development professional with over a decade of experience working on women’s economic empowerment, participatory governance and gender based violence. Shruti has led evaluations, programme implementation and analytical work on these issues in Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Indonesia, Uzbekistan, Serbia, Jordan and Egypt with the World Bank and United Nations. She is currently working as a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist at the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women (UNTF EVAW), a global grant making mechanism administered by UN Women. In this role, she provides direct programmatic and M&E support to the Asia and Pacific Islands projects, and projects in conflict-affected areas. She is also leading the development and roll out of the Evidence Hub strategy and research partnerships, and she is particularly interested in growing the evidence base for effective, innovative and scalable solutions on EVAW in middle- and low-income countries.
Claudia Garcia Moreno World Health Organization, Switzerland Dr Garcia-Moreno is a physician from Mexico with a masters in community medicine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has over 25 years of experience in health care delivery, research and policy, working in Africa, Latin America and Asia. Increasingly her work has focused on sexual and reproductive health, women’s health and gender in health.  For the last 15 years she has been leading the World Health Organization’s (WHO) work on gender and women’s health,  violence against women and HIV/AIDS in women and girls and currently leads the team on Gender, Reproductive Rights, Sexual Health and Adolescence in the Department of Reproductive Health and Research, WHO. She is coordinator of the WHO Multi-Country Study on Women’s Health and Domestic Violence Against Women, a large research initiative involving now over 15  countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa. She is a founder and SVRI Leadership Council member and on the Steering Committee of the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS.
Annika Lysen


Sida, Sweden Annika is a Senior Programme Manager under the Social Development Unit and Strategy for Gender Equality at Sida – the Swedish Development Agency. Annika has worked at Sida for 18 years in different positions. She has been posted at the Swedish Embassy in Lusaka, working with Social Protection. She holds a Master’s degree in Economics and Business Administration.
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