• Assessment, Innovation, Strategy and Evaluation

Dr. Emilomo Ogbe

BIO

Dr. Emilomo Ogbe is a medical doctor and researcher with experience in gender mainstreaming, Bioethics and sexual and Reproductive Health, programme management, policy analysis and research in West and East Africa and South East Asia. She is a Board member of the Postpartum Support Network Africa, Ethics Review Member of Marie Stopes International and Researcher at the University of Gent, where her research is focused on the influence of social networks on health decision making and utilisation of GBV services by refugees. She is currently a Steering Committee member and one of the Principal Investigators for the ‘Personal and Family Coping with Covid 19’ Consortium across over 22 Low and Middle income countries. She has a Masters in Gender and Development with a focus on Health, from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK and a MD degree from the College of Medicine, University of Lagos. 

Emilomo worked as a consultant with the Department of Reproductive Health and Research, World Health Organisation, Geneva and as a Project coordinator for an EU FP7 project focused on postpartum maternal and infant health across 4 sub-Saharan African countries at the International Centre for Reproductive Health, University of Ghent, Belgium. She has co-coordinated and evaluated other sexual and reproductive health projects in Kenya, Nigeria, Philippines and the United Kingdom, focused on vulnerable groups for multi-donor projects for DFID, USAID and WHO. She has conducted a strategic assessment of a Women’s rights’ Organisation in Nigeria (WRAPA) and also supported a strategic assessment for the Global Funding Facility project for the World Bank. She has and continues to provide Gender technical advice to the World Health Organisation, Geneva and the International Organisation of Migration.

Emilomo has lived and worked in Nigeria, Belgium, Kenya, India, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the Philippines, and worked on global health and development projects that span across over more than 20 countries. She is fluent in English and speaks some French and Dutch. She has published several peer reviewed publications.

Sonia Menon

BIO

Dr. Sonia Menon is a Senior MSc, MPH, MA, PhD multilingual research Epidemiologist specialized in Global Health with a keen research interest in synergistic interactions between non communicable diseases and communicable diseases and NCD prevention and management in HIV+ women. She is highly skilled in scientific writing, data analysis, policy analysis, stigmatized population research, design of clinical trial and observational study protocols, literature reviews, systematic reviews, management of global health epidemiological studies, grant writing, and the political economy of health.

Sonia is fluent in Dutch English, French, German, Italian, Macedonian, Portuguese, Serbo-Croatian and Spanish. She has lived and worked in over 7 countries across 4 continents. She has published several peer reviewed publications.

Dr. Muktar Gadanya

BIO

Dr. Muktar Gadanya is an Associate Professor of Public Health and Honorary Consultant Public Physician. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria (FMCPH). He has a  Masters of Science (MSc) degree from the University of London/ London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) in Reproductive and Sexual Health Research. He won the 2nd Prize for  a Higher Education Academy Essay Competition during his time at LSHTM. 

He has consulted widely for local and international governmental, non-governmental and inter-governmental organizations like the  WHO, UNICEF, Bill and Melinda Gates  Foundation funded project, Futures Group, Management Science for Health (MSH/USAID), CapacityPlus/USAID, Palladium, M-Space. He has worked as a Principal National Investigator for different research studies in Nigeria- UNICEF MenAfriVac Survey Phase III; WHO  MenAfriVac Survey Phase IV; Equal Access International multi-states survey 2015; and Arewa 24/ Equal Access multi-states survey 2017.

He has extensive experience in qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods research. He is proficient in quantitative and qualitative data analysis. He has over 42 peer reviewed publications. 

Muktar is fluent in English and Hausa

Monique van Lettow

BIO

Dr. Monique van Lettow received her PhD in Medical Sciences from the Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands and her Master’s in Public Health from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. She was formerly a Senior Research Scientist for Dignitas International, a medical and research organization, based in Malawi. 

Monique has 25+ years of field experience in developing countries and global health research.. Her research interests include Tuberculosis, TB/HIV integration, the prevention of mother-to-child transmission and HIV transmission and prevention in adolescents. Capacity building and mentorship is an integral part of her work. Monique mentored and supervised 15+ (Masters and PhD) M&E and research students from Malawi, Canada, USA, UK and Australia. She is affiliated, as adjunct lecturer, with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Canada. 

Genna Byrd

BIO

Genna has almost 10 years’ experience in strategic partnerships, business development, and social impact. She works across sectors to grow strategic collaborations for business and social change – most recently as Senior Manager for Partnerships at Plan International USA and formerly as a Senior Officer, Corporations and Foundations for the Global Fund for Children, Washington, DC., Business Development Consultant, the George Washington University and Development manager, Empire State Pride Agenda. She has identified, launched, and grown initiatives with clients including Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, Estée Lauder Companies, Johnson & Johnson, and more. She is also the Founder of Start DC, an online community that fostered a network of women entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs of color in Washington DC by applying community knowledge and market gap insight, resulting in the launch of the city’s first website for this audience from 2015 -2018. 

 Genna Byrd received her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Cambridge and her Master’s in Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK. 

 Genna has lived and worked in 4 countries across 3 continents. 

External associates

Deborah Spindelman

BIO

Deborah Spindelman has 15+ years of experience working in inclusive education, capacity development, and systems strengthening among marginalised communities in low-, medium-, and high-income countries. She also brings 4 years of teaching and facilitation experience with graduate and executive students addressing issues of sustainability and development in communities across six continents. 

Her work is committed to equity and justice, grounded in an appreciation for diversity in all its forms. She is a research fellow at the Research for Equitable Access in Learning (REAL) Centre, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and paid advisor to KIOO Project, an organisation using photography to transform gender relations among youth around the world.  Deborah is a PhD Candidate in Education from the University of Cambridge, where her research interests link early childhood health inequities with cognitive development and learning needs among primary school students in northern Ghana. She earned her Master’s in Public Administration in Development Practice from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and her Bachelor’s of Arts magna cum laude in Anthropology and Women’s Studies from California State University, Long Beach. 

Vernon Mochache

BIO

Dr. Vernon Mochache is a Kenyan physician and public health practitioner with vast experience working to improve the sexual reproductive health and rights of vulnerable population groups including rural women and their children, adolescents and young people, female sex workers as well as men-who-have-sex-with-men. He holds a medical degree from the University of Nairobi, Kenya; a Master of Public Health from the University of Washington, Seattle, USA, and a Doctor in Health Sciences from Ghent University, Belgium. 

His experience encompasses providing clinical care, conducting research, program evaluations and program management within government, academia and non-profit sector. He has conducted research consultancy assignments ranging from baseline assessments to end-line impact evaluations. Funding organizations for these assignments included the Government of Kenya (GoK), USAID, PRB, WHO, the Royal Dutch Government as well as the European Union (EU). In these assignments, he was involved in providing technical support for study design, ethical review submissions, monitoring implementation of field data collection, training and supervision of data enumerators, coordination of stakeholder engagement, ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements, implementing work plans and budgets, conducting data analysis and preparing relevant reports. He is a believer in a community-led, multi-sectoral, rights-based approach when dealing with the health and rights of marginalized and vulnerable populations. 

Deborah Delgado Pugley

BIO

Dr. Deborah Delgado Pugley is a Principal Researcher and Assistant Professor at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru. She has extensive experience as a consultant and researcher in environmental governance and climate policy, particularly regarding Indigenous Peoples and Tropical Forests. She has conducted interdisciplinary projects and extended fieldwork following on gender, indigenous social movements, human and environmental rights, natural resources management. During the last 10 years, she has followed the UNFCCC process as a multiscaled agenda.

Els Leye

BIO

Els Leye is  an External Associate at AISE and Assistant Professor at the Ghent University. Els has over 15 years’ expertise in the field of harmful cultural practices, and more specifically female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriages and honour related violence. She is currently coordinator of the Focal Programme on Harmful Cultural Practices at the International Centre for Reproductive Health. She was co-founder and board member of the European Network for the Prevention of Harmful Traditional Practices from 2005 to 2009. She is co-founder and member of the board of the association La Palabre, which is establishing a refuge for vulnerable children and women in Senegal. She’s a member of the advisory board of the END FGM European Campaign and performed several consultancies, among others for several UN agencies and technical cooperations of Belgium and Germany. She was one of the principal investigators of the Study for the European Institute for Gender Equality, to map FGM in the EU (2012), and has many publications on her name on the topic of female genital mutilation and other harmful practices.

Els holds a master’s degree in Social and Cultural Welfare Studies and obtained her PhD in Comparative Sciences of Culture at the Ghent University in 2008, on the topic of female genital mutilation in Europe.

Els speaks Dutch, English, French, German and Spanish.

Ana Baptista MD

BIO

Dr. Baptista is a Mozambican physician, human rights and violence against women and girls advocate with eleven years of experience working in the public health field advising the Ministry of Health and PEPFAR funded implementing partners in Gender-Based Violence (GBV), HIV/AIDS biomedical prevention, targeting adolescent girls and young women. Currently, Dr. Baptista is team leader overseeing all GBV, Adolescent Health and Male Engagement portfolio at Jhpiego an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University and is a member of the WHO international board developing and reviewing curricula and quality assurance tool for GBV response in the health sector recently adopted by World Health Organization and CDC for global scale. 

Her background includes consultancy for Mitigation and Response to Sexual Exploitation and Abuse and Sexual Harassment related to development projects funded by IDA – World Bank. In her current position, Dr. Ana Baptista serves as Gender-Based Violence and DREAMS Team Leader for Jhpiego affiliate of Johns Hopkins University in a PEPFAR funded project in Mozambique providing technical and programmatic leadership, and leading GBV related research on GBV acting as principal investigator. Dr. Ana Baptista is also providing technical leadership to the DREAMS Initiative for HIV prevention among adolescent girls and young women and technical SBCC advisor for Social Behavioral Change Communication on viral load patient literacy, pediatric HIV Care and Treatment patient literacy, and male engagement in clinical services. To date, under Dr. Ana Baptista’s leadership, Jhpiego is taking the leadership on GBV portfolio and promoting innovations on using digital health technologies to monitor and maximize the impact of DREAMS interventions. DREAMS Mozambique was awarded by PEPFAR as the best program within 12 countries in 2017. Dr. Baptista has a thorough understanding of the health sector reality in Mozambique.

Pascal Vandenbussche

BIO

Consultant with 18 years of work experience, mainly in Latin America, in the public and private sector and international organizations, related to constructive conflict management and ‘Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance’ (ESG).

In recent years he has worked mainly in conflict prevention and transformation, especially in the field of labor relations, through restorative practices and good labor practices. He has a special interest in generating social change through CSR, but especially through the ‘creation of Shared Value’ and ‘Collective Impact’.

He has a degree in International Affairs and Economics from Vesalius College - Vrije Universiteit Brussel in association with Boston University, and a Master's degree in International Relations from the Brussels School of International Studies - University of Kent at Canterbury, and studies in Conflict Management and Corporate Social Responsibility.

A.I.S.E.

AISE provides and contributes to ethical and sustainable solutions to development and health system reforms in low- and middle-income countries. We do this by providing our clients with opportunities to co-create interventions, drawing out evidence-based solutions through evaluations and implementing them in a sustainable manner.