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Our Team

The Collaborative values diversity – of ethnicity, race, gender and thought. We strive to engage individuals who bring different experiences and perspectives to our work in order to increase our understanding of a variety of contexts, to strengthen our ability to be creative and innovative, and to reflect and represent the world we live in. In particular, increasing the representation of individuals from the Global South in both our governance bodies, as well as our staff is a priority for the Collaborative.

  • Tamara Braam

    Stewardship Committee

    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.

  • Lina Digolo

    Senior Associate - VAW/VAC intersections

    Lina is a paediatrician and clinical epidemiologist with over 12 years of experience in health system strengthening, research, policy, and service delivery. She has provided technical advice on designing and implementing projects to Ministries of Health and local organisations in various African countries.  Lina is passionate about fighting for gender equality and addressing social injustice. Her dream is to see a world where women and children are safe, healthy and happy.  She has contributed to international policies, training curricula and service delivery standards on violence against women and their children (VAW/C) and has been involved in the scale-up of response services to over 120 public health facilities in Kenya. She Is based in Kenya and when not busy fighting for the rights of women and children, Lina can be found travelling, reading or cooking. She loved reading Michelle Obama’s ‘Becoming’ and her favourite dish is the Luo delicacy ‘kuon gi rech.’

  • Emma Fulu

    Stewardship Committee

    Emma is founder of the Equality Institute, which works to advance all forms of equality and prevent violence against women though scientific research, innovation and creative communications. Emma has also worked on a number of large scale research studies and programmes on VAW and prevention programming including previously managing the What Works Global Programme to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls. Her geographical experience includes countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific and the Caucasus. Emma is currently based in Australia.

  • Prashanthi Jayasekara

    Associate - Knowledge

    Prashanthi currently works as a Knowledge Associate at the Prevention Collaborative and is based in Sri Lanka. She develops various knowledge products to support practitioner communities on violence against women (VAW) and violence against children (VAC) prevention programmes. She has previously held research positions at the Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA) and the Law and Society Trust (LST) in Sri Lanka. She has contributed to qualitative research on workers’ rights, gender based violence, and youth and development, including for publications by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). In addition to her interest in qualitative research methods, Prashanthi is passionate about using stories and creative communication methods such as photography and film for collaborative learning, grounded knowledge, and building social movements. 

  • Lyndsay McLean

    Lyndsay has over 20 years professional experience in research, programme development and evaluation, technical assistance, capacity building and policy advice in international development. For the last decade, she has focused on gender equality gender-based violence, women and girls’ empowerment and social inclusion. Lyndsay set up and managed the DFID-funded VAWG Helpdesk and was on the core management team of the What Works to Prevent VAWG programme. She has worked with a number of donors, UN agencies and NGOs. She also has previous experience on conflict prevention, reconciliation and peacebuilding and mainly works in fragile and conflict-affected contexts in Africa and elsewhere. Lyndsay is currently based in the UK. She is passionate about social justice issues and spends her spare time reading, writing, running and doing yoga.

  • Sharon Nyangweso

    Associate - Communications

    Sharon  is a digital communications and inclusion consultant specialising in digital experiences and moving visions for inclusivity from aspiration to action. An immigrant from Kenya who has lived and worked in Ottawa for nine years, Sharon has worked with youth and organisations in eleven countries, is a community organiser, and sits on the board of directors for Ottawa-based social justice non-profit, Inter Pares.

  • Priya Pillai

    Senior Associate - Knowledge Uptake and Community

    Priya is a development management professional passionate about building community institutions. She started her career managing programmes for a fisherwomen’s cooperative in South India.  She subsequently worked with communities in Asia, South America and Africa leading qualitative research in public health and governance, conducting evaluations in microfinance and women’s empowerment, building capacities of grassroots women’s groups and strategy development to influence policy. In 2013, she led strategic communications for two India programmes as part of the STRIVE and What Works consortiums. Since then, Priya has supported nonprofits to leverage the power of communications to achieve their goals. She is based in Bangalore, India. Outside of work, she spends time with her foster families, enjoys good food over conversations with friends and reads widely from business to art to politics. She believes that equality has to be purposively designed for and is a lifelong effort.

  • Elizabeth Starmann

    Stewardship Committee

    Elizabeth is a social scientist specialising in intimate partner violence prevention with a focus on couple research. She has worked on gender violence and HIV programme design and management, policy, capacity development and network coordination. She has worked for a range of NGOs and UN agencies, including Partners for Prevention in Asia-Pacific, and has conducted a number of research projects on violence prevention including research on SASA! in Uganda. Her geographical experience includes East Africa and South and Southeast Asia.

  • Ramya Subrahmanian

    Stewardship Committee

    Ramya is Chief of Child Rights and Protection at UNICEF-Innocenti. She is an international social policy analyst with extensive experience in research, policy advocacy, training and teaching. Previously she was Executive Director of Know Violence in Childhood, and, prior to that, she was social policy specialist at UNICEF India where she led research, policy analysis and advocacy in the areas of child-sensitive social protection, equity and social inclusion, and gender equality. She has been a research fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, where she conducted research on issues related to gender mainstreaming, women’s rights, child labour and education, and on social policies for children in India. She also co-directed and taught the MA Programme in Gender and Development, and conducted evaluations and trainings for numerous international agencies. 

  • Daniel Costa Lima

    Stewardship Committee

    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.

  • Kathy Durand

    Director of Strategy and Operations

    Kathy is a development specialist focusing on capacity development of individuals and organisations using an inclusive, participatory approach. She has worked across a number of sectors including girls’ education, water and sanitation, local governance and youth entrepreneurship. A facilitator of both process and learning, in recent years Kathy has focused on integrating innovative approaches into a variety of sectors, particularly with NGOs. Over the course of her career Kathy has worked as an advisor for the Government of Canada including on multilateral issues focusing on international financial institutions and UN agencies, with national and local governments in a number of African countries, as well as with a range of NGOs. Kathy is currently based in Canada. When she’s not working, Kathy is an avid reader and is happy to share or receive recommendations of what to read next.

  • Lori Heise

    Technical Director

    Lori is a social epidemiologist with other 30 years’ experience working in the fields of gender, violence and HIV. She is an internationally recognised expert on the causes and prevention of intimate partner violence. She played an important role on getting violence against women onto the global public health agenda and developed the ecological model to understand VAW, which has influenced many prevention studies and programmes. Lori was previously Chief Executive of STRIVE, a research and action consortium on the structural drivers of HIV. She is currently Professor at John’s Hopkins University, based in the US.

  • Evelyn Letiyo

    Stewardship Committee

    Evelyn is a feminist activist and a VAW prevention and response practitioner who is passionate about creating a world of equality for women and men.  She derives satisfaction from infusing feminist analysis in VAW programmes and has worked with many NGOs and UN agencies in Sub Saharan Africa, South East Asia and the Pacific to strengthen their approaches to VAW programming. Evelyn’s current focus of work is around community organizing, feminist movement building and mentoring young women and girls into leadership. She believes that we will only see real change in women’s lives once we start calling out patriarchy and give people practical tools to challenge it at both personal and professional levels.

  • Lori Michau

    Stewardship Committee

    Lori is co-founder and co-director of Raising Voices in Uganda, a non-profit organisation working toward the prevention of violence against women and children. The organisation strives to influence the power dynamics shaping relationships, particularly between women and men, girl and boys and adults and children, and developed the well-known SASA! programme. Lori is involved in staff and strategy development, developing ideas and programs, learning from practice and advocacy. Lori has lived and worked in East Africa since 1995 and also spearheaded the creation of the GBV Prevention Network with over 380 members in East and Southern Africa. Lori is currently based between Uganda and the US.

  • Ritha Nyiratunga

    Senior Associate - Accompaniment and Capacity Development

    Ritha background is in Education and Gender and Development. She has more than twelve years’ experience as a university lecturer, where she was passionate about mentoring youth for future career building. She then joined Rwanda Men’s Resource Center (RWAMREC) – an organisation that uses MenEngage as the driving approach to promote gender equality – where she managed the Women’s Empowerment Program for more than six years. Ritha is skilled in programming for violence prevention with a focus on working with couples and engaging men and boys. She also has experience of programming for and with adolescent girls from her role at Girl Effect as a partnerships development manager. Ritha is passionate about women and girls empowerment and she believes that everyone has a role in creating a world free of power imbalances that drive many forms of violence.

  • Maria Rashid

    Stewardship Committee

    Maria has been associated with the field of gender, violence against women and children for over 18 years.  A psychologist by training, Maria also holds a PhD in Politics and International Studies and has been associated with various non-governmental groups as well as the feminist movement in Pakistan. She led a national women and child rights organisation for 14 years where she was involved in programme development including counselling and case management support to survivors of violence, community outreach and training with organisations and institutions on prevention and response to violence.  She has also been involved in institutionalising a curriculum on gender and violence within police training colleges and schools across Pakistan and developing standard operating procedures for shelter homes for women. She continues to be involved in trainings and research on violence, gender, masculinities and militarism, both nationally and in South Asia. Maria is committed to exploring innovative ways to create and sustain platforms that attempt to engage academics, practitioners and activists collectively.

  • Erin Stern

    Senior Associate- Accompaniment and Knowledge

    Erin has twelve years of experience in qualitative research to inform and evaluate gender and health programmes. She coordinated an impact evaluation of an intimate partner violence programme in Rwanda and led qualitative evaluation research across the What Works to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls Portfolio. She has provided implementation and research support to a range of NGOs and agencies including UNDP, CARE, Promundo, Oak Foundation, Sonke Gender Justice and AIDS-Free World. Erin has a PhD in Public Health from the University of Cape Town and holds honorary positions with the University of Cape Town and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Erin is currently based in Montreal, Canada. In her spare time, Erin enjoys reading, hiking, yoga, and making music.