Current Coordinating Group members

Dr Jeannie Annan

International Rescue Committee - Dr AnnanDr Annan is the Director of Research, Evaluation, and Learning at the International Rescue Committee, a global leader in emergency relief and post-conflict development. In this position, she spearheads the agency’s efforts to be evidence-based and to build evidence to answer critical questions for humanitarian aid and development. Dr. Annan is also a Visiting Scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health in the Department of Global Health and Population. Her research examines the impact of programs that prevent and respond to violence against children and women in Uganda, Liberia, Cote D’Ivoire, DRC, and on the Thai-Burmese border. She has led education and psychosocial programming in Kosovo, northern Uganda and South Sudan. Dr. Annan has her Ph.D. in psychology with a minor in African Studies from Indiana University-Bloomington. Prior to coming to the IRC, she was a Research Fellow at the Yale University School of Public Health. She also serves on the Board of Commissioners of the International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie).

Alessandra C Guedes (Co-Chair)

Alessandra C Guedes (Co-Chair)Alessandra Guedes (MA and MSc) has worked in the public health field for several years, always involved in cutting edge reproductive health issues that are at the heart of the nexus of reproductive health and human rights, including adolescent reproductive health, safe abortion, gender-based violence and emergency contraception.  She has worked in many different capacities -- providing direct services to both victims and perpetrators of violence, implementing and managing a UN-funded adolescent SRH program in Brazil, researching Brazilian abortion policy and designing, implementing, managing and evaluating a multi-country initiative in gender-based violence in Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Peru and Venezuela.  She has spent the last decade working intensively in the area of gender violence, first as a Senior Program Officer at the International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region (NY, EUA) and more recently as a freelance consultant based in Brasília, Brazil.  She has held consultancies for numerous organizations, including: WHO, Unifem, USAID, Path, Oxfam, Jhpiego, among others.  She holds a MSc degree in Public Health for Developing Countries from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and has published widely on the topic of violence, including Improving the Health Sector Response to Gender-Based Violence: A Resource Manual for Health Care Professionals in Developing Countries (Bott, Guedes, Claramunt and Guezmes, 2004). Alessandra is currently based at PAHO/WHO in Washington, D.C.

Dr Claudia Garcia-Moreno

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 coordinating group member of the SVRI and on the Steering Committee of the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS.

Prof Rachel K Jewkes

SAMRC - Prof Rachel K JewkesRachel Jewkes is Professor and Director of the MRC Gender & Health Research Unit, based in Pretoria, South Africa, and has previously served as acting Vice-President (Research Support) of the Medical Research Council. She trained as a medical doctor and specialist in Public Health Medicine, Professor Jewkes also has a Masters in Community Medicine and Doctorate of Medicine (MD) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London. She has spent most of the last 20 years researching intersections of gender-based violence, particularly intimate partner violence and sexual violence (including child sexual abuse), and gender inequity and health in South Africa using methods drawn from epidemiology, anthropology and health systems research. She has authored over two hundred and fifty publications in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and reports. She has worked closely with the South African Government over many years on sexual violence policy in the health sector. She is the Secretary of the Sexual Violence Research Initiative.  She is the lead technical advisor on the UN Multi-country Study on Men and Violence, a collaborative research project on gender-based violence, violence prevention and masculinities that is being conducted in the Asia and Pacific region by Partners For Prevention.  She was a member of the steering committee of the WHO multi-country study on violence against women. She is a member of the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Injury and Violence Prevention and Control, a member of the PEPFAR Scientific Advisory Board and of the  WHO's Strategic and Technical Advisory Committee for HIV-AIDS (STAC-HIV). She  is also an Honorary Professor in the School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand.

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 Coordinating Group 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.

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).