Current SVRI Leadership Council

Dr Chi-Chi Undie (Co-chair)

Population Council - Dr Chi-Chi Undie (Co-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).

Alessandra C Guedes (Co-Chair)

 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).

Dr Claudia Garcia-Moreno (SVRI Forum Chair)

WHO - Dr Claudia Garcia-MorenoDr 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.

Prof Rachel K Jewkes

SAMRC - Prof Rachel K JewkesProfessor Rachel Jewkes is the Executive Scientist for Research Strategy in the Office of the SAMRC President. She is an A1 rated scientist. She was formerly Director of the South African Medical Research Council’s Gender and Health Research Unit and is an Honorary Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand School of Public Health. She is the Secretary of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative and the Consortium Director of the DFID-funded What Works to Prevent Violence? Global Programme which is leading prevention of violence against women research in 13 countries.  She has led research in South Africa and globally on the intersection of gender inequity, gender-based violence and health and is the author of over 300 peer reviewed journal articles, reports, training manuals and book chapters.

James L Lang

James L. Lang is an independent consultant working on the prevention of violence against women. He has over twenty years of professional experience working with not-for-profit and international organizations on the issues of gender equality and social justice. James is an active researcher, writer and trainer and has published numerous papers and studies on violence against women and engaging boys and men in gender justice. James is a Leadership Council member of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative, a founding member of the Prevention Collaborative and serves on the Asia Development Bank’s External Forum on Gender.  Previously, James created and led Partners for Prevention, an innovative UN joint programme focused on gender-based violence prevention in Asia-Pacific. Over the years, James has also worked for organizations including Futures without Violence and Oxfam GB.  

Dr Ruchira Tabassum Naved

ICDDR,B - Dr Ruchira Tabassum NavedDr Naved is a Gender and Reproductive Health Specialist in the Public Health Sciences Division at icddr,b. She researches issues of violence against women in Bangladesh, focusing on determinants, coping strategies, consequences, and planning interventions. Dr Naved also works on other gender issues such as adolescent nutrition, and in particular the relationship between early marriage, first conception and nutrition. Gaining her PhD in Economics from the People’s Friendship University (Moscow) she began her career at the International Food Policy & Research Institute, followed by positions as Research Director at Save the Children (USA), and Project Director at Population Council before joining ICDDR,B in 1999.

Kathryn Falb

International Rescue Committee - Dr Annan


Kathryn Falb, ScD is a Senior Researcher with the International Rescue Committee. She currently leads the IRC’s research portfolio on what works to prevent and respond to violence against women, adolescent girls, and children in humanitarian settings. Dr. Falb has over fifteen years of experience working in the GBV field. She has led research efforts in a diverse range of humanitarian settings, including Raqqa Governorate, Syria, conflict-affected communities in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, and refugee camps in Ethiopia and has published over sixty peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Falb is trained as a social epidemiologist and holds a ScD from the Harvard School of Public Health and MHS from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to joining IRC, she completed post-doctoral training at the Yale School of Public Health.