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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.

  • Lina Digolo

    Senior Associate

    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 and has been involved in the scale-up of response services to over 120 public health facilities in Kenya. She is based in Nairobi, 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.

  • Tania Ghosh

    Communications Lead

    Tania has over 12 years’ experience as a strategic communications expert based in London, United Kingdom. She designs communication plans, media for development projects, and research uptake strategies. Tania has worked on communication and media projects in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. She always works closely with media and communication partners in country to ensure that projects are context specific and locally owned. With an eye for storytelling, she has lectured on this subject at universities around the United Kingdom as well as commissioned multimedia projects on international development. She has also advised organisations on developing strategies to ensure research uptake. In her spare time, she loves watching films which often inspires her to plot the next adventure.

  • Lori Heise

    Technical Director

    Lori has over 30 years of experience working in the fields of gender equality, violence against women, and women’s sexual and reproductive healthーfirst as an activist practitioner and later as a researcher. She is an internationally recognised expert on the prevention of intimate partner violence in low- and middle-income countries and played an important role in getting violence against women onto the global health agenda. Lori is passionate about bridging the worlds of research and practice, advocacy and evidence, and local and global knowledge. She loves mentoring young women, listening to podcasts, and contemplating the feminist retreat centre she hopes to create in retirement. In addition to her work with the Collaborative, Lori is a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the United States.

  • Lusungu Kalanga

    Associate

    Lusungu is a Malawian gender specialist with 10 years of programming experience in girls and women’s rights. She has worked with various organisations from grassroots to international organisations, such as ActionAid International, World Education Inc/Bantwana, and Jesuit Refugee Service, designing and leading implementation of girls’ education programmes, school-related gender-based violence, and violence against women programmes. She also has experience in capacity strengthening for small organisations, including women’s rights organisations, and adapting gender-transformative violence against women prevention approaches to different contexts. She led the prevention work for the violence against women and girls prevention and response programme in Malawi (funded by the UK Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office-funded). Lusungu is an unapologetic African feminist and loves reading fiction. She is also a plant mom!

  • Dominique Maidment

    Senior Associate

    Dominique is a specialist in the prevention of violence against women and girls, with over a decade’s experience working with grassroots organisations, international NGOs, and United Nations agencies. She has worked in diverse low-resource settings across Asia and the Pacific, including humanitarian, conflict-affected, and development contexts. Her work includes providing ongoing technical accompaniment to nontraditional actors working to prevent violence against women and girls, 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 is based in northern Thailand, loves the mountains, and wishes they were a little closer to the sea.

  • Giuliana Morales

    Associate, Knowledge into Action

    Giuliana is a specialist in research uptake with 11 years of experience engaging with researchers and practitioners to translate, disseminate, and use evidence and learning to inform HIV and violence prevention and response programmes. Across the knowledge into action life cycle, she has conducted multi-country qualitative research; developed knowledge products and programmatic guides and training; and used evidence and learning to design and implement violence prevention and response programmes with LGBTQ communities, people who inject drugs, sex workers, and young people. Giuliana has a deep commitment to applying intersectional feminist principles to decolonise knowledge and accelerate the knowledge into action life cycle. Originally from Peru, Giuliana is now based in North Carolina, United States. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, listening to podcasts, and raising chickens.

  • Erin Stern

    Senior Associate

    Erin has 13 years of experience in qualitative research to inform and evaluate gender and health programmes. She coordinated an impact evaluation of the Indashyikirwa 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 the UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women, the United Nations Development Programme, the Inter-American Development Bank, 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 & Tropical Medicine. Erin is currently based in Montreal, Canada. In her spare time, Erin enjoys reading, hiking, yoga, making music, and embarking on her recent journey of motherhood to raise a feminst son.

  • Daniel Costa Lima

    Stewardship Committee

    Daniel is a psychologist and has a master of public health degree. He has worked internationally on 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 with or 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 United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). Daniel is currently based in Brazil. He is the father of Francisco and of the twins Luís and Caetano and uses that experience to run the Instagram account ‘Paternidades Equitativas’ (‘Equitable Fatherhood’).

  • Evelyn Letiyo

    Stewardship Committee

    Evelyn is a feminist activist and a violence against women 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 violence against women programmes and has worked with many NGOs and United Nations agencies in Sub-Saharan Africa, South East Asia, and the Pacific to strengthen their approaches to violence against women programming. Evelyn’s current focus of work is around community organising, 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.

  • 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.

  • Kathy Durand

    Director of Strategy and Operations

    Kathy is a development specialist focusing on the capacity development of individuals and organisations using an inclusive, participatory approach. A facilitator of both process and learning, in recent years Kathy has focused on feminist, innovative approaches and on strengthening organisational capacity. With over 10 years of managing global virtual teams and organisations, Kathy is a strong believer in inclusive and open management and emphasises communication as a key component of organisational and partnership success. She has worked across a number of sectors, including girls’ education, water and sanitation, local governance, and youth entrepreneurship. Over the past 25 years, Kathy has worked in partnership with NGOs, national and local governments in a number of African countries, and the Government of Canada and its multilateral partners. Kathy is currently based in Ottawa, Canada. When she’s not working, Kathy is an avid reader and is happy to share or receive recommendations on what to read next.

  • Constanza Hege

    Senior Associate

    Constanza is a microbiologist, medical doctor, and public health specialist with more than 15 years of experience in the fields of women’s health, sexual and reproductive health, violence against women, and violence against children. She has worked as a physician and as a public health practitioner with civil society organisations, international organisations, and government programmes in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. In recent years, she has provided strategic technical support to governments across Latin America and the Caribbean in efforts to increase political and financial commitment, strengthen the availability and use of evidence, and enhance health systems’ capacity to prevent and respond to violence against women and children. With the Pan-American Health Organization, Constanza has contributed to the development of regional and global guidance for the health sector response to violence against women and children and for this guidance’s adaptation, uptake, and operationalisation at the national level. Constanza loves reading, dancing, spending time with family and friends, and playing with her young daughter and her dog.

  • Annie Holmes

    Senior Associate

    Annie is a Zimbabwean writer, filmmaker, and communications strategist, now working mainly from Portugal and the United Kingdom. She led research uptake for STRIVE, an eight-year consortium on the structural drivers of HIV, at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, providing strategy, mentorship, and multimedia knowledge products. Previously, she headed knowledge and communications for JASS, an international feminist movement-building network; produced 30-plus documentaries and television series; and co-led the editorial department of a new publishing house after Zimbabwe’s independence. Bridging all of her past and current work in film, text, and virtual learning is a passion for stories.

  • Ruti Levtov

    Senior Associate

    Ruti is a gender and public health specialist with more than a decade of research and programmatic experience on gender equity and violence prevention. She has worked across multiple sectors—including health, education, parenting, and economic empowerment—with a particular focus on developing and evaluating gender-transformative and male-engagement interventions in low- and middle-income countries. In recent years, her work has focused on designing and disseminating research (including programme monitoring and evaluation, in-depth qualitative studies, national surveys, and randomised controlled trials) and on ensuring that research findings and lessons learned are shared broadly, targeted to different audiences, and relevant to both programme development and policy advocacy. She is based in Washington, DC, United States, and enjoys food, travel, good conversations, and chasing after her toddler.

  • Lyndsay McLean

    Senior Associate

    Lyndsay has over 20 years’ professional experience in research, programme design and evaluation, technical assistance, training and facilitation, and policy advice in international development, including in fragile and conflict-affected contexts in Africa and Asia. For the last 12 years, she has focused on gender equality, gender-based violence, women and girls’ empowerment, and social inclusion. Lyndsay set up and managed the Violence against Women and Girls Helpdesk (funded by the UK Department for International Development) and supported the What Works to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls Programme. She has worked with a number of donors, United Nations agencies, NGOs and women’s rights organisations. She is passionate about using participatory approaches and coaching to support others to work for personal and collective well-being and social justice. Lyndsay is currently based in Brighton, United Kingdom, and spends her spare time reading, writing, running, sea swimming, and doing yoga.

  • Ritha Nyiratunga

    Senior Associate

    Ritha has over 10 years’ experience working as a practitioner in the field of violence against women and girls prevention. She is skilled in programming for violence prevention, with a focus on working with couples and engaging men and boys for violence prevention. She also has experience programming for and with adolescent girls from her role as a partnership manager at Girl Effect Rwanda. Working at the Rwanda Men’s Resource Centre, she has contributed (as both a training designer and facilitator) to building capacity for local NGOs on integrating male engagement approaches into their violence against women and girls prevention work. She has played an active role in the design and implementation of the Indashyikirwa programme, which has been proven to reduce violence among intimate partners in Rwanda. Ritha is based in Kigali, Rwanda. She loves cooking and travelling. Coming from a landlocked country, her dream destinations are close to the beach!

  • Tamara Braam

    Stewardship Committee

    Tamara is an experienced development consultant with over 30 years in the field in different capacities, ranging from supporting locally based organisations and social movements to working with senior government and political offices, development agencies, and philanthropies on complex gender-based violence programming and policy initiatives. Her areas of technical support have included gender-based violence programme design; monitoring, evaluation, and learning; policy analysis and research; organisational coaching; strategy development and facilitation; and diversity management. She has worked with clients across Africa, Europe, North America, Asia, and the Global South more broadly. Her current work has included providing high-level technical support at the very senior government levels, providing strategy support for global coalitions in the field of sexual rights and intersectional feminism, and providing support for anti-racist interventions as a form of structural violence. Her approach to work is embedded within a deep commitment to social justice issues and a profound love and sensitivity for humanity—particularly those historically marginalised by unequal power relations—coupled with an unwavering focus on delivering technically sound, client-focused, high-quality work.

  • 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 violence against women 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.

  • 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 programmes, 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.

  • 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 United Nations 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.