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Our Prevention Mentors

Our Prevention Mentors have worked in over 40 countries and have a wealth of skills and experience to support violence prevention programming to ensure it is evidence-based, grounded in shared values and adapted to the realities of context.

  • Suhail Abualsameed

    Suhail works as an independent consultant on gender, gender-based violence prevention, strategic development and community engagement, within development and humanitarian aid contexts. He has experience in Jordan, Palestine, Greece, Lebanon, Bangladesh, Canada, the USA and Kenya. He was worked on projects engaging with refugees and service providers on exploring, and addressing sexual and gender based violence, with a particular attention to men and boys as both survivors/victims and agents of change and prevention. Suhail has also worked on building strategies and workplans within organizational and programmatic environments. Suhail is currently based in Jordan.

  • Ariel Ahart

    Ariel has more than 25 years’ experience working on reproductive and sexual health with a focus on gender-based violence. She holds a doctorate in public health from Johns Hopkins University and has worked in the Kyrgyz Republic, India, Pakistan, Albania, Kosovo, Georgia, Azerbaijan and the United States. Her work focuses on preventive health and improving access to health services for vulnerable groups. She has worked for a variety of donors, international and local NGOs to design, implement, and evaluate health programs. Ariel has worked to integrate violence prevention measures within health programming models in the areas of HIV/AIDS, family planning, safe motherhood/child survival, and refugee health. Ariel is currently based in the Kyrgyz Republic. In her free time, she enjoys reading contemporary fiction, traveling to new places and learning languages.

  • Tamara Braam

    Tamara is a strategic management consultant, based in South Africa. She has worked with a range of clients in South Africa, the Africa region, and globally, mostly in the field of strategy development and advocacy, organizational building and research and policy development, with significant substantive focus on gender- based violence, sexual and reproductive health and rights, diversity and social policy more broadly. A significant part of her work has focused on building strategic synergies between different groups, harnessing individual, community and social potential creatively to the optimum, and facilitating spaces of dialogue and exploration , often across areas of fracture. She believes passionately in finding ways to support individuals, organizations and groups to deeply explore their own inherent potential to come into their full selves, thereby enhancing their own contribution towards wider social change.

  • Julienne Corboz

    Julienne is an independent consultant specializing in gender, women, peace and security, and the prevention of gender-based violence and violence against children. She obtained her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Melbourne and has more than 15 years’ experience supporting and leading research, evaluation and capacity building projects in a range of development, humanitarian and conflict settings, including in South Asia, South-East Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. For the past three years she has worked as a Technical Advisor for the What Works to Prevent VAWG Global Programme, funded by UK Aid, supporting NGOs in programme implementation and research in Afghanistan, the DRC and Nepal. She has worked with programmes on engaging men and boys, working with religious and faith-based actors, and women’s economic empowerment. In her spare time, Julienne enjoys dancing, traveling and walking her dog.

  • Devin Faris

    Devin is a gender-responsive evaluation and programming specialist who helps groups to utilize practice-based learning to inform effective violence prevention interventions. He has led organizational capacity-strengthening, program design, formative and evaluative research in a variety of sectors in Africa and Asia. This includes sexual and reproductive health education, women’s economic empowerment and land rights, and community mobilization to end violence against women and girls. Through his experience with several national and grassroots NGOs, he has developed a rights-based, feminist approach to his work, and a passion for facilitating safe spaces where local activists can critically interrogate and learn from their programming. Devin is currently based in Thailand. He is a writer, meditator and outdoor enthusiast, and believes that change and lasting peace in this world start with change and peace within.

  • Sharanya Gautam

    Sharanya’s work has focused on girl’s education, designing and implementing adolescent specific life skills, emotional health and community peer leadership programs. She has worked with grassroots organisations and projects across India and contributed through program and curriculum design, formative research, capacity building and training, process and program documentation, and communications. Currently, she is working with CorStone, a non-profit that runs adolescent girl focused personal resilience programs in government schools in Bihar. Sharanya is a Chevening Scholar (2016 -17) and has post graduate degrees in Social Policy and Planning (London School of Economics, 2017), and Media and Cultural Studies (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, 2010). When not working, Sharanya likes to read poetry and dwell on metaphors therein. She currently lives in New Delhi, India.

  • Anjalee Kohli

    Anjalee has 15 years of international health and development experience focusing on research and practice for prevention of VAW, VAC and HIV/AIDS and promoting resilience and mental health. Anjalee is Assistant Professor/Senior Research Officer with the Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University. She provides strategic leadership, research expertise and technical vision on several projects focused on prevention of violence globally including the Passages Project and the Learning Collaborative to Advance Normative Change. She received her PhD from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and holds an MPH. Anjalee previously worked with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Family Health International and Sahara Center for Residential Care and Rehabilitation. Anjalee is currently based in the US. She loves to be physically active and can often be found biking, hiking or doing yoga.

  • Dominique Maidment

    Dominique is a specialist in prevention of VAWG, with a decade’s experience working with grassroots organisations, international NGOs and UN agencies. She has worked in diverse low resource settings across Asia and the Pacific, including both humanitarian and development contexts. Her work includes providing ongoing technical accompaniment to non-traditional actors working to prevent VAWG, including faith-based organisations, disability rights activists, and organisations working with adolescent girls, as well as service delivery organisations and national governments. All her work emphasises capacity development, local ownership and sustainability of initiatives, while ensuring that violence prevention interventions are aligned with best practice and centre the safety and voices of women and girls. Dominique currently lives in northern Thailand with her family.

  • Shireen Motara

    Shireen is a lawyer with over 20 years experience working on social justice, women’s rights, and gender based violence. She is a certified coach and experienced governance and organizational development specialist. Her key strengths are: establishing and managing operations, mobilising resources, developing strategy and policy, and driving innovative and responsive programs. Her passion is mentoring and using participatory coaching techniques to support individuals and organisations. She has worked for UN agencies, bilateral donors and NGOs. Shireen is the Chairperson of the Board of Iranti, an African organisation that advocates for the rights of lesbian, transgender and intersex people. She is also a member of the Board and Chair of the Human Resources Committee of the Southern African Trust. Shireen is passionate about women’s economic advancement and safety, non-profit sector sustainability and supporting the leadership growth of social change leaders, especially young women. She is the mom of a preteen girl and works hard to make the world a better space for her daughter.

  • Maryam Sheikh Abdikadir

    Maryam is a development practitioner, researcher and programmer with over two decades of work on human rights with a special focus on Child protection. The mother of two is passionate about ending violence on children and women and has dedicated her life to FGM abandonment. Maryam has MA in development studies from the University of Nairobi and a Graduate certificate on women’s leadership and peacebuilding from Eastern Mennonite University. Maryam is currently based in Kenya. She is a poet who uses her talent for social change and for advocacy on women and children issues.

  • Benjamin Swanton

    Ben is a development practitioner and a researcher dedicated to gender justice and ending men’s violence against women and other men. He has worked with schools, communities and government to prevent violence and promote sexual reproductive health. He is familiar with approaches to engaging men and boys, working through schools, mobilising communities and supporting local activists. Ben has also done innovative work using games, music and social media for social change. As a researcher, Ben has conducted life history, participatory action, evaluation and policy research. He has worked for NGOs, research institutes and the UN as an advocate, a trainer, a researcher, and a program manager. Ben is currently completing a PhD in Social Work at The University of Sydney. He speaks English, Spanish and Vietnamese and is familiar with settings in Asia and Africa. When not working Ben is engaged in various art and human rights projects.

  • Robyn Yaker

    Robyn is a global specialist in preventing violence against women and girls, with more than 15 years of experience in humanitarian and development contexts. She has worked previously with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), UNICEF and Raising Voices, and is currently an independent consultant supporting organizations to design effective programs to prevent VAWG. Robyn is a recognized expert in the SASA! approach to preventing violence against women and HIV and the lead author of the Indashyikirwa Couples’ Curriculum—identified as a promising new resource for VAWG prevention. She brings creativity, authenticity, and joy to her work and is committed to upholding feminist values in all areas of her life.

  • Lizzie Adams

    Lizzie is a gender and communications for development practitioner working to prevent violence against women and children.  She is experienced in using community-based approaches for fostering change and promoting healthy, non-violent relationships. Lizzie also facilitates a network of development partners in Timor-Leste working to mainstream violence against women prevention across multi-sectoral programs. Through her work she has developed curriculum content and coordinated an accredited course in Social Services with a focus on both response and prevention of violence against women and other vulnerable groups. Lizzie has a Masters of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development with a specialization in gender from the Australian National University.  She is currently the Social Norms Change Advisor in the Timor-Leste office of The Asia Foundation.

  • Clara Alemann

    Clara is a gender specialist with over 13 years of experience in program design, implementation and  evaluation of social development programs to advance gender equality. Her work has focused on early childhood development, youth development, sexual and reproductive health, parenting, engaging men and boys and integrating violence prevention and response interventions in these sectors. She is particularly interested in approaches  to transform gender norms that sustain inequitable relationships and violence against women, and its intersection with violence against children. She has worked with international development organizations, government counterparts and NGOs and has enjoyed building partnerships and working through collective efforts with a wide range of partners in several countries primarily in Latin America and Africa. Clara is currently based in the US. She is passionate about dancing and hiking.

  • Katy Chadwick

    Katy is a gender and development specialist with a focus on VAW prevention  and working with adolescent girls. She uses rights-based and participatory approaches and believes in working alongside local movements and ensuring that programming reflects women and girls’ experiences. Katy has provided technical support for community mobilisation programming to prevent VAWG  in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and supported adaptation of  ‘SASA!’. She has facilitated trainings, written training and curriculum materials, and set up communities of practice and online learning to support capacity development. She has also conducted qualitative research.She has worked mainly with smaller NGOs in the UK and globally, and she has also experience of partnerships with UN agencies and INGOs. She is currently based in the UK working with Mercy Corps as the partnership advisor for the ‘GirlSPARKS’ initiative. When not working, Katy loves yoga and singing with her local choir.

  • Daniel Costa

    Daniel is a Psychologist and has a Masters in Public Health. He has worked internationally with the issues of gender, masculinities, gender based violence prevention and fatherhood and care since 2000. During this time, his focus has been the prevention of violence against women, in particular intimate partner violence and interventions with male perpetrators. Over the course of his career Daniel has worked or has been a consultant for NGOs such as Instituto Papai, Instituto Promundo and EngenderHealth; for different governmental agencies, such as the Brazilian Ministry of Health and for the UN agencies UNHCR and UNAIDS. Daniel is currently based in Brazil. In July, he renounced his status of fatherhood and care expert and happily engaged in the role of an amateur first-time dad to Francisco.

  • Diane Gardsbane

    Diane is an applied anthropologist with 25 years experience including ethnographic and rapid qualitative research; strategic planning; program design and implementation; capacity building;  institutional strengthening; and monitoring and evaluation. Her areas of expertise include VAWG prevention and response; addressing gender and social norms to advance gender equality; human rights policy and practice; and work in health and education  related to HIV and gender. Diane has led projects with UN agencies, bilateral donors, government ministries; INGOs and NGOs. Her skills include the use of highly participatory processes for strategic planning, M&E, and training, and Diane enjoys mentoring others to learn and innovate with these. Diane has lived in and worked across English-speaking Africa as well as in Eastern Europe and East Asia. She is currently based in Jamaica. Diane is an avid traveler, and still has many global destinations she hopes to explore.

  • Alice Kerr-Wilson

    Alice works primarily on promoting women and girls’ rights, including through work on preventing violence against women and girls, girls’ education and women, peace and security. She has a focus on capacity development, has worked as a facilitator and trainer and enjoys the challenge of designing trainings for different groups that are dynamic, needs based and rich in content. She has worked as an advisor for the UK government and conducted assignments for a range of NGOs, UN agencies and local government in East and West Africa and South and Central Asia. Over the past five years she has been a Technical Advisor on UK Aid’s global programme What Works to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls,working with NGOs partners on programme management, curriculum design and research uptake. She lives in Denmark and tries as much as possible to get outside, do yoga and sometimes plays the cello.

  • Ntokozo Madlala

    Ntokozo is a feminist, gender and a women’s rights activist. She  has worked to mobilize communities and facilitate networks of women from marginalized communities. Her focus has always been on the poor, black women who are at the bottom scale of all forms oppression. She has facilitated leadership trainings for women and empowerment programmes with the aim of reinforcing solidarity among women in South Africa and in the region. She has participated in several campaigns for the advancement of women’s rights. She is passionate about working on VAW prevention and response community mobilization, training, facilitation, implementing and monitoring programs and working towards reviving a global women’s movement. She is a senior trainer for Stepping Stones and has undertaken monitoring, mentored facilitators and trained many organisations in South Africa and other Southern African countries. Outside work she is a very free-spirited person who is always eager to learn. She loves swimming and being surrounded by happy and smiling faces.

  • Celine Mazars

    Celine is an independent consultant with more than 20 years of professional experience in Social Development, Gender and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, with various NGOs, the United Nations, and the UN, mainly in Africa. She enjoys working at the cross roads between research and practice and developed skills to understand the needs of those she works for, collect, analyse and synthesize data and evidence, adapt them so that they are useful to policy, program and strategy development. She has developed VAWG programs, designed and facilitated capacity building sessions and set up community of practices. She never misses her yoga class and enjoys biking, hiking and photography. 

  • Sophie Namy

    Sophie is an applied researcher and feminist-activist working to prevent VAWG. She has supported large and small organizations, across diverse partnerships and regions of the world (East & Southern Africa, India, Eastern Europe, Latin America). Sophie was the Learning Coordinator at Raising Voices in Uganda, where she helped develop an organizational research and learning strategy, co-led a study on adapting SASA! for different contexts, and explored the intersections between violence against women and children. Prior to Raising Voices, she worked as an evaluation specialist with ICRW on programs to address violence (including early marriage) and change gender norms. She is passionate about facilitating creative processes to deepen reflection and distil practice-based knowledge for stronger, more effective programs. Sophie is currently based in Spain. Outside of her violence prevention work, she also teaches yoga for healing and resilience.

  • Erin Stern

    Erin is a qualitative research specialist focused on informing and evaluating gender and health programmes. She has worked on gender based violence prevention and response, HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health programming, primarily in Eastern and Southern Africa. Erin has conducted formative and impact evaluation research for various organizations including AIDS-Free World, CARE International, Centre of AIDS Development Research and Evaluation (CADRE), KMG Ethiopia, Oak Foundation, Sonke Gender Justice, and UNDP. She has a wealth of experience capacity building practitioners in research, and teaching students at the University of Cape Town and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Erin is currently based in the UK. She is an avid music fan, including singing, songwriting, theatre and dance, and aspires to produce an album one day.

  • Hua Wen

    Wen is a gender specialist with 20 years of development and academic experience and strong skills in programming and critical analysis. Currently she works as a Gender Programme Officer at the UNFPA China Office. She has rich experience of strategic planning, programme design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, and solid knowledge on working with vulnerable groups with a gender sensitive and rights-based approach. She previously worked for UNESCO, universities and NGOs. Her  expertise includes women’s rights, GBV prevention and response, engaging boys and men, addressing harmful practice against women and girls, sexual and reproductive rights, and social development. Wen has a Ph. D in Anthropology and a Master in Sociology, and is familiar with both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. She has good interpersonal and cross-cultural communication skills and a strong sense of responsibility to work with partners to deliver results.