Members

AUSTRALIA

Burnet Institute, Melbourne
Stanley Luchters
Elissa Kennedy

BELGIUM

Institute of tropical Medicine
Thérèse Delvaux
Bettina Utz
Karen Van der Veken
ASM Shahabuddin

 

Ghent University
Piet Bracke
Eva Brems
Ann Buysse
Tom Claes
Sara De Meyer
Olivier Degomme
Alexis Dewaele
Ines Keygnaert
Els Leye
Kristien Michielsen
Marleen Temmerman


Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Yvon Englert
Wei-Hong Zhang 
Karine Welffens

CHINA

Tsinghua University
Feng Cheng
Junfang Xu


National Research Institute for Family Planning
Pei Kaiyan


Institute of Population Research
Xiaoying Zheng

 

ECUADOR

University of Cuenca
Jessica Castillo
Elena M. Jerves
Bernardo Vega

ETHIOPIA

Jimma University
Gurmesa Tura

GERMANY

Klinikum of Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität
Olena Ivanova


University of Potsdam
Barbara Krahé

KENYA

Aga Khan University East-Africa
Marleen Temmerman
Angela Koech
Nairobi University
Guyo Jaldesa

MOZAMBIQUE

University Eduardo Mondlane
Mahomed Mohsin Sidat
Khátia Munguambe 

NORWAY

Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies, Norway
Elise B. Johansen

PORTUGAL

Universidade nova de Lisboa
Sónia Dias

SOUTH AFRICA

Foundation for Professional Development
Simukai Shamu

SWEDEN

Karolinska Institutet
Annette Aronsson
Kristina Gemzell-Danielsson
Elin Larsson

UK

Coventry University
Hazel Barrett


Edge Hill University
Paul Reynolds


University of St. Andrews
Aixa Aleman-Diaz
Candace Currie
Gerald Humphris
Damien Williams

USA

Johns Hopkins University
Robert Blum 

UGANDA

Mbarara University of Science and Technology

Viola Nilah Nyakato
Damazo Kadengye
Neem Murembe
Wendo Mlahagwa
Elizabeth Kemigisha
Primrose Nakazibwe
Specioza Twinamatsiko
Jackline Tumuhairwe

 

 

 

 

Annette Aronsson

Dr. Annette Aronsson is a gynaecologist and obstetrician, researcher in reproductive health and part of the research group at the WHO centre since 1998 and is currently director of the WHO centre. Dr. Aronsson got her PhD at the Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Karolinska Institutet in 2007. The research concerns misoprostol and its use in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. The work has been of extreme clinical importance and forms the evidence bases for several of FIGO recommendations on the use of misoprostol. Dr. Aronsson is a Senior Consultant in the departments of abortion services at the Karolinska Hospital. Dr. Aronsson is also a visiting researcher at Lund University and programme leader of a SIDA financed International Training programme in Sexual, Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) for Gynaecologists, Midwives and SRHR professionals from Low-income countries. The programme includes the latest developments in the SRHR area. An important part of the project is that participants develops networks of colleagues from other countries and that they implement a change-project within their own organization. Dr. Aronsson has given courses and supervised international master students in SRHR in Global Health at Karolinska Institutet and Lund University.

Hazel Barrett

Hazel is a social scientist who undertook her degree at the University of Sussex in the School of African and Asian Studies. She then moved to the University of Birmingham to undertake her MA and PhD in West African Studies. She has worked at Coventry University since 1992 and in 2006 she was conferred a Chair in Development Geography. She is Executive Director of the Centre of Society and Social Justice.  Her main areas of research are the socioeconomic aspects of development, in particular gender, health and rural development in sub-Saharan Africa. Over the last decade her research has been directed at the social and economic aspects of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa, in particular Kenya, Uganda, Zambia and The Gambia as well as amongst migrant groups in the UK. Since 2009 her research has focussed on the traditional harmful practice of FGM amongst the African diaspora in the EU. She leads the EU Daphne III multi-disciplinary REPLACE research project:  She is an internationally recognised expert on FGM and a specialist on community-based participatory research. She has published books and chapters on health and development issues and over 50 refereed articles.

Robert Blum

Robert Wm. Blum, MD, MPH, PhD, is the William H. Gates, Sr. Professor and Chair of the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He has edited two books, and has written nearly 300 journal articles, book chapters and special reports. In July 2007, Dr. Blum was named the Director of the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute. He is Past-President of the Society for Adolescent Medicine; has served on the American Board of Pediatrics; was a charter member of the Sub-Board of Adolescent Medicine is a past chair of the Guttmacher Institute Board of Directors and served as chair of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Adolescent Health and Development. In 2006, The National Academy of Medicine elected Dr. Blum into membership. He is a consultant to The World Bank, UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO.

Piet Bracke

Piet Bracke (1961°) is a full professor at the Department of Sociology. He teaches general sociological courses at the undergraduate level: introduction in sociology, sociological research and methods – and more specialized master courses in the sociology of health and illness. His research focuses on gender issues and the sociology of the family; on sociological epidemiology from a comparative perspective; and on mental health and mental health services. Recently, he collaborated in Divorce in Flanders a Flemish study on the consequences and determinants of marital transitions; in an international survey on the determinants and consequences of stigma, the Stigma In Global Context: Mental Health Study.

At present, he is a co-promoter of the Health, Media & Society research group , working on the impact of the changing mediascape on the news cover age of health issues with a focus on elderly-related issues. He is vice-chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the European Social Survey; the former president of the European Society of Health and Medical Sociology (ESHMS), and a former member of the Board of Governors of Ghent University.

Eva Brems

Prof. Brems is an expert in human rights law. This includes the human rights of women and children, as well as economic, social and cultural rights, including the human right to health. Sexual and reproductive rights (SRR) as human rights are linked to all these human rights. Prof. Brems’ expertise also includes the study of human rights challenges (including SRR challenges) in contexts of cultural diversity. Her research covers the Global South as well as the North. Within the research group of prof. Brems, 5 researchers are doing PhD research in the field of SRR. Prof. Brems has also a lot of relevant experience in human rights organizations (including as a chair of the Flemish section of Amnesty International and a board member of the Human Rights League and Lawyers without Frontiers). She was a member of the Belgian Parliament from 2010 to 2014, during which time she was active in an international network of MPs on SRR.

Ann Buysse

Ann Buysse is full professor in clinical psychology and head of the Research Group ‘family psychology’. The Research Group ‘family psychology’ was founded about 15 years ago, and has attained a unique position in the field in Flanders/Belgium. The central goal is the integration of basic and applied research in the field of romantic and family relationships. The Research Group comprises 17 members, both at post-doc and pre-doc level. Several of them are clinicians or therapists, and their intense cooperation assures the close intertwining of scientific research and clinical practice. The research focus is on basic mechanisms that underlie both healthy and pathological relational functioning, including such topics as sexual health, abortion, adoption, partner violence, contraception, and medically assisted reproduction.  There are over 100 publications in international, peer-reviewed journals. She was/is head promoter of two large-scale, interdisciplinary projects on sexual health. She has elaborate management skills and is used to manage a research team and large-scale research projects. She has access to an elaborate network of national and international specialists and researchers within the field.

Jessica Castillo

Jessica Castillo Nuñez, Educational Psychologist, Master degree in Education and Thinking Development. Master degree in Educational Studies. PhD candidate at the University of Ghent (Belgium) at the Faculty of Psychology and Pedagogy, Department of Welfare Studies. Principal Professor at the University of Cuenca in Ecuador, Faculty of Philosophy, Letters and Educational Sciences. Member of the Network for the promotion of sexual rights and reproductive rights of Cuenca (RDSDR) .

Feng Cheng

Dr. Feng Cheng is a professor and chief physician at Research Center for Public Health and School of Medicine, Tsinghua University, and expert on global health and development with 30 years of experience working in 14 countries, author or co-author for more than 73 academic papers and 25 books. He serves currently as commissioner of Tsinghua University Degree Committee on Medicine and Biomedicine, Council member of International Planned Parenthood Federation East and South East Asia and Oceania, President of China Alliance For South to South Health Cooperation Research. Prof. Cheng is teaching health care management, health nutrition and global health governance. His research interest lies in infectious diseases, sexual and reproductive health, China health development aid and its role in improving global public health.

Tom Claes

Prof. dr. Tom Claes’ field of expertise is ethics and sexuality studies, with a specific focus on sexual ethics and on sexuality and globalisation. He is currently developing a research program in which the ethical concept of sexual justice is linked with global sexual-political activism. He obtained a PhD in Ethics (Moraalwetenschappen) on the subject of ethics and decolonisation. He is currently associate professor at the department of Philosophy and Moral Science, Ghent University. He is the director of the Centre for Ethics and Value inquiry. Together with Paul Reynolds he is network leader & founding member of INSEP – the International Network for Sexual Ethics & Politics (since 2010). The network organises a annual conference and a series of workshops in which the interaction between sexual ethics and politics/activism are explored. He is editor in chief of the journal of the network, published by Barbara Budrich Publishers and of its book series. He is also a (founding) member of the Ghent Centre for Global Studies. In addition to courses on philosophy and ethics, he also teaches courses on Sexual end relationship ethics and on Sexuality and Globalisation.

Candace Currie

Candace Currie is founding Director of the Child and Adolescent Health Research Unit (www.cahru.org), a specialist research centre focussed on understanding the social and developmental determinants of young people’s health and behaviour in order to inform the design and evaluation of interventions, and influence programmes and policies to improve health and wellbeing. Candace’s research interests include sexual health, pubertal development, and socioeconomic and gender inequalities in health among adolescents. From 1995-2015 Candace was the International Coordinator of the ‘Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children Study (HBSC); she is currently Director of a new WHO Collaborating Centre (WHOCC) in Child and Adolescent Health Policy at the School of Medicine; and has recently been awarded CSO funding for Scotland to participate in the Global Early Adolescent Study (GEAS) investigating gender socialisation and sexual health among young people growing up in deprived communities around the world. From 2015-2020 she has been awarded a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award in recognition of her research.

Vincent De Brouwere

Vincent De Brouwere, MD, DTM&H, MPH, PhD is Prof. of Public Health at the ITM-A. He has a field experience of 15 years in Developing Countries (7 years in ex-Zaire where he worked as district medical officer; then 5 + 3 years in Morocco first as WHO civil servant (P5), then as Research Director at the Institute of Research for Development, in support to the National School of Public Health-ENSP, Rabat) and worked in short term visits in a variety of countries in Africa and Asia. His main field of research is the health care system, with a particular focus on maternal health and access to health services (including quality of care and the management of human resources required for the good functioning of health systems). He developed his expertise in the domain of maternal mortality reduction partly through his research work and partly through the elaboration and evaluation exercise of reproductive health strategies in support to ministries of health in LMIC. As a lecturer he is involved in different training programs at the ITM, Nagasaki University and ENSP, Morocco (mainly in safe motherhood, basic concepts in public health and formulation & evaluation of health programs). 

Olivier Degomme

Olivier Degomme is the scientific director of the International Centre for Reproductive Health and Assistant Professor at Ghent University.  He coordinates the research activities of a team of 20 researchers divided in 3 subteams studying sexually transmitted diseases; maternal and child health; and sexual and reproductive health in vulnerable populations. The research projects include five EC FP7 projects, several FWO (Research Foundation - Flanders) research projects as well as consultancies for UN organizations and national governments. Furthermore, he is providing day-to-day assistance and supervision to several PhD candidates from various countries including Belgium, Kenya and Mozambique.

Thérèse Delvaux

Thérèse Delvaux, MPH, PhD is a medical doctor specialized in obstetrics and gynecology with over 25 years of experience in the field of international reproductive health. She is scientific expert and senior researcher at the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM), Antwerp. She teaches reproductive health and coordinates the “International Course on Planning and Management of Reproductive Health Programs” within the MPH at ITM. After working for 3 years with Médecins Sans Frontières Belgium in Africa and Asia, she obtained a MPH in 1996 (Harvard University, USA). She obtained a PhD degree in 2009 (University of Ghent, Belgium) on the topic “Linking sexual and reproductive health and HIV services: from needs to feasibility and evidence of benefits”. Since 2014, she coordinates the Research Network on SRH (NetSRH) at ITM with 8 member countries in West and North Africa. She is an active member of the Working Group on Sexual and Reproductive health and Rights (within Be-cause Health, Belgian International Health Platform).

Sara De Meyer

Sara De Meyer has a master degree in social-cultural sciences, a degree in secondary teacher training and a post graduate degree in gender studies. She combined her special interest in gender and Latin America during her fieldwork in Chili and Honduras. In March 2009, Sara joined ICRH. Since then she has been involved as coordinator and trainer in research and public awareness projects on gender and gender based violence and adolescent sexual and reproductive health. Sara has research experience in Belgium and Latin America.

Alexis Dewaele

Alexis Dewaele has built an international research network in the field of minority stress, stigma, sexual, and mental health. Because of his expertise in the field of sexual minorities, he was invited several times at international expert meetings (for the Fundamental Rights Agency, University of British Columbia and Université du Québec à Montréal). Alexis Dewaele has supervised one doctoral student who got her PhD in 2013, and he supervises another doctoral students who will get her PhD in 2016. He has excellent research skills related to the design and implementation of qualitative research. This led to several publications in leading international peer-reviewed journals (Journal of Sex Research, Journal of Homosexuality). He masters various methods to collect qualitative data (i.e., semi-structured and narrative in-depth interviews, focus groups, participant observation/ethnographic field research) and to analyze qualitative data (hermeneutic-phenomenological method, open and closed "code mapping" using Nvivo software, Grounded Theory, and triangulation of data).

Sonia F. Dias

Sónia Dias is Associate Professor at the International Public Health Unit of the Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (IHMT/UNL). She has a PhD in International Health and a Degree in Psychology. She is the coordinator of PhD in International Health and the coordinator of the Thematic Line of “Health challenges of travellers and migrants” at the Global Health and Tropical Medicine Research Centre (IHMT/UNL). She was Director of the International Public Health Unit of the Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2012-2015). She teaches postgraduate courses and supervises PhD and masters students. She has been involved in international research projects concerning migrants’ health, sexual health promotion, health of vulnerable groups, HIV/other STI prevention, access to health services. She has acted as a consultant for World Bank, and as an expert for WHO and ECDC, as well as for International Organization for Migration. She has published in more than 50 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and is author/co-author of books chapters and books.

 

Yvon Englert

Dr. Englert is Professor OB/GYN and former Dean of Faculty of Medicine (2011-Sep. 2015) at Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB).  His field of expertise covers OB/GYN clinics, Bioethics & Deontology and Reproductive Medicine, with a specific focus on artificial reproductive treatments (ART).  He made signification contribution in the development of ART, mainly for cancer and HIV patients, inducing Belgian law on ART and providing funding for infertility treatment as well as setting limitations on multiple pregnancies after ART. He is founder and president of the CEpip (Centre for Perinatal Epidemiology) collecting the perinatal indicators in the French-speaking region of Belgium. He has a strong academic background with over 200 publications and books. He is founder and trustee of the ULB fund for medical training of foreign doctors (FOSFOM).  He served as both national and international expert for Minister of Health and several international agencies including WHO, UNFPA and EC; and First President of Belgian Consultative Committee of Bioethics as well as member of the « European Group on Ethics in Sciences and New Technologies». He is the Chairman of the OB/GYN  Dept., Hôpital Erasme, and head of the Research Laboratory in Human Reproduction”.

Kristina Gemzell Danielsson

Dr Kristina Gemzell Danielsson is Professor and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and senior consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and responsible for the clinical education at the Karolinska University Hospital. She received her MD in 1987, a PhD in Obstetrics and Gyneceology 1995, become associate professor in 2000 and full professor in 2005. She has been the Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre 2000-01—2015. She is an Honorary Clinical Professor at Hong Kong University, Honorary fellow of the faculty of sexual & reproductive healthcare of the RCOG, UK, President of the European Society for Contraception and Reproductive Health, and former president of FIAPAC, She is president of the Swedish reference group on family planning (FARG) and a member of the scientific board of the Swedish Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her research is translational with focus on endometrial function, embryo implantation, induced abortion, implementation of safe efficient and simplified abortion care, emergency contraception and development of new contraceptive methods. Her clinical work focuses on sexual and reproductive health care.

Olena Ivanova

Olena Ivanova is a researcher at the Division of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine, LMU (Munich, Germany). She is a medical doctor (OB/GYN) with a Master degree in Public Health from three European universities. Since 2013, she has been involved in research projects in the field of SRH with strong international collaboration component. Her research experience includes both quantitative and qualitative research. At the beginning of her career she successfully accomplished an internship in WHO Regional Office for Europe in Copenhagen where she worked in Sexual and Reproductive Health Unit and performed analysis of SRH policies focusing in particular on intersectoral collaborations. Her international experience after graduation was enriched by working in a number of European and African countries. She spent half a year working in Mozambique (ICRH Mozambique) in the field of SRH including family planning, maternal health and training of health care providers. While working in ICRH Belgium she was involved in evaluation of complex health intervention in the field of adolescents SRH in three Latin American countries performed jointly with WHO. Currently she is involved in international epidemiological study in 4 African countries as well as teaching activities and supervision of students at the Division of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine.

 

Guyo Waqo Jaldesa

Prof. Jaldesa is a practicing obstetrician/gynecologist and an associate Professor at the University of Nairobi, College of Health Sciences based at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi. He holds Master of Medicine in obstetrics and Gynaecology from University of Nairobi and Master of Science in reproductive health from the University of Edinburgh, UK.  He has been studying FGM/C since 1995, focusing on its development and complications during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period among the Somali populations in Kenya.  Prof. Jaldesa also studied and published on Psycho sexual health consequences of FGM among the infibulated women in Kenya.

Elena M. Jerves

Prof. Monserrath Jerves is an Educational Psychologist, Professor in developmental Psychology at the University of Cuenca. She obtained the master degree in Education Management (2005) and currently is s a PhD candidate at KU Leuven in Belgium (expected final defence for December 2016). Her field of expertise is Sexual development during adolescence and Sex education with a particular focus in the cultural factors shaping sexuality and sex education. She has been the Coordinator of a bilateral project focused on Sexuality and sex education between the VLIR and the University of Cuenca, HUMSEX, since 2007. Her current research focuses on Adolescents’ development in the context of transnational families. Currently, Monserrath is the coordinator of the Center of Research of Sexuality and Sex Education in the University of Cuenca in Ecuador, the Director of the Master Program of Sex Education offered by the University of Cuenca and the Vice Dean of the faculty of Philosophy of the University of Cuenca.

Elise B. Johansen

Dr. Johansen has been trained as a medical anthropologist, specialised in sexual and reproductive health and female genital mutilation. Her areas of research include birth-care in a multi-cultural setting, experiences and perceptions of sexuality, cultural change and modes of communication. She finalized her masters in 1989 with research in the Ivory Coast, she did extensive research in Tanzania, and her PhD in 2006 included research among migrants and Norwegian health care system in Norway. She also did a study on Norwegian youth and their ways of negotiating sexuality and gender roles. For 7 years she was responsible for the international work on FGM at the World Health Organisation (Department of reproductive health and research (RHR), Section for family, women and children health (GRR), in Geneva, Switzerland, developing a research program and revisited policy documents. Since April 2013, she is employed as a researcher at the Norwegian centre for violence and traumatic stress studies (NKVTS), heading a program on FGM research among migrants, and their health care services. She also conducts consultancies on international work on FGM with NORAD.

Damazo Kadengye

Damazo T. Kadengye, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Uganda. Damazo is a multidisciplinary researcher with over 13 years of practice, consultancy and research experience in Educational Sciences, HIV/AIDS; Sexual Reproductive Health among Adolescents and Young People; and Maternal Health/Pregnancy. Previously, Dr. Kadengye worked as Public Health Research Specialist / Epidemiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC Uganda) where he contributed technical advice and guidance in the planning, implementation and monitoring of HIV/AIDS epidemiologic/operational research studies. He led the development and implementation of several CDC-funded research protocols and studies. Dr. Kadengye holds a PhD in Applied Statistics in Educational Sciences from the University of Leuven and a Master of Statistics with a specialization in Biostatistics from University of Hasselt, Belgium. 

Elizabeth Kemigisha

I am a medical doctor with masters in Paediatrics and Child Health from Mbarara University, in Uganda. I have research interests in clinical infectious diseases in children, maternal health and adolescent reproductive health and HIV prevention educational programs. I am registered at Ghent University in Belgium on a sandwich PhD program. My research focusses on assessing processes and outcomes of comprehensive sexuality education for adolescent education in schools and establishing current evidence from SSA for successful implementation of sexuality education programs for young adolescents.

Elissa Kennedy

Dr. Elissa Kennedy is a public health doctor with a Master of Public Health (International Health) with ten years of experience working in global adolescent and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) research, policy and programming. She has been Principal Investigator on five studies and co-investigator on 11 including randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews, and analysis of national-level data, focusing on SRHR in low- and middle-income countries.  Her specific expertise relate to adolescent SRH and prevention of unintended pregnancy. Elissa is currently contributing to the Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and Wellbeing and is leading a review of young people’s SRHR, in Asia and the Pacific for UNFPA. Elissa is a founding member of the International SRHR Consortium and member of the Asia Pacific Alliance for SRHR, and has provided policy guidance to UNFPA, UNICEF and national governments. She is also Adjunct Senior Lecturer at the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University and has over 25 peer-reviewed publications, technical reports and book chapters

Ines Keygnaert

Ines Keygnaert obtained her PhD in Medicine in 2014 on sexual violence and health in refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants. At ICRH, Ines is the team leader of the “Priority Team” which heads the research lines on sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV), harmful cultural practices, migrant sexual and reproductive health and gender in adolescent health. Since 2006, Ines has been coordinating different research projects on those topics and developed numerous practical guidance for policies, interventions, tools and training manuals. She currently develops the Belgian model for sexual assault referral centres. Furthermore, Ines is an acknowledged expert on sexual violence and migrant health, having provided several consultancies for leading global health organisations, as WHO and UNFPA and several governments. She teaches on sexual and domestic violence and migrant mother & child health and is the founder of EN-HERA! The European Network for Sexual Health Promotion of Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Undocumented Migrants in Europe and beyond.

Angela Koech

Dr. Angela Koech Etyang is a physician scientist at the Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health and an Instructor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Aga Khan University East Africa. She is a medical doctor and holds an MMed (Obstetrics and Gynaecology) degree from the Aga Khan University and an MSc in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has 7 years’ experience in clinical medicine and over 3 years’ experience in clinical research in the area of maternal and newborn health. She has been involved in setting up and conducting several clinical studies alongside a perinatal surveillance programme at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust research programme in Kenya. Her previous work has been in the areas of maternal Group B Streptococcus and its role in neonatal disease, foetal growth and aetiology of preterm birth/low birth weight, preeclampsia and its risk factors and the role of inflammatory markers in preterm pre-labour rupture of membranes. She has publications in peer reviewed journals and has presented in several local and international conferences.

Barbara Krahé

Prof. Dr. Barbara Krahé’s fields of expertise are the study of the prevalence and risk factors of sexual aggression among adolescents and young adults and the analysis of the influence of rape myths and stereotype on decision making about rape in a legal context. She received her PhD from the University of Bonn in 1981 and her Habilitation from the University of Landau in 1987. She held several visiting fellowships at the University of Sussex, UK and has been a Full Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Potsdam since 1993. Barbara Krahé has published widely on primary and secondary victimization by sexual violence. She is co-author (with Jennifer Temkin) of Sexual Assault and the Justice Gap: A Question of Attitude, published in 2008 and was a Co-PI in the project Youth Sexual Aggression and Victimization (Y-SAV; http://www.rutgers.international/programmes/y-sav) funded by the European Agency for Health and Consumers from 2010 to 2014. She is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

Elin Larsson

Dr Elin C Larsson is a public health researcher, focusing on global sexual and reproductive health. She is currently employed as a post doc and has received a three-year fellowship for 2016-2018. Elin is a pharmacist (2006), and got her PhD from the division of Global Health, Karolinska Institutet in 2012.  The PhD studies involved qualitative and quantitative studies in Uganda, studying pregnant women’s access to HIV prevention and -care. The PhD studies were carried out within a Health and Demographic Surveillance Site.

In Sweden Elin has worked with migrant health, as well as at the Public Health Agency of Sweden. Her current research is concentrated on migrant sexual and reproductive health. Elin has also been a course instructor in a blended-learning course in qualitative research methods. A course by Karolinska Institutet, Stellenbosch University, South Africa and Makerere University, Uganda. Elin is a  member of several national and international networks related to SRH.

Els Leye

Prof Dr Els Leye’s field of expertise is Global Sexual and Reproductive Health, with a specific focus on gender related practices as a form of gender based violence, in particular female genital mutilation (FGM), child/forced marriage (CFM), and honour related violence. She’s assistant professor at ICRH and also holds a position as postdoctoral fellow and coordinator of the Centre for Gender, Diversity and Intersectionality at the Free University in Brussels. She holds a master’s degree in Social and Cultural Welfare Studies and obtained her PhD in Comparative Sciences of Culture (Ghent University, 2008) on the topic of FGM in Europe. Her research focuses on: impact of laws and policies on FGM, development of methodologies to estimate the prevalence of FGM, KAP surveys among health professionals on FGM, assessment of transposing EU directives in laws on CFM, EU mapping studies on FGM, phenomenological research on honour violence, policy research on violence against women, etc. As senior expert she is providing policy advice for EIGE, WHO, European Parliament, UN women, UNFPA, OHCRH, national and regional governments, etc. and she has published widely.

Stanley Luchters

Prof Luchters is a medical epidemiologist leading a global research agenda on prevention of sexual and reproductive health morbidities. His main expertise is in design, conduct and evaluation of health interventions that have a public health impact, particularly among vulnerable population such as female and male sex workers in resource-constrained settings. He has an educational background as Medical doctor with a Masters degree in Public Health for Developing Countries (2003 at LSHTM, UK) and a PhD in Health Sciences (2008 at Ghent University, Belgium). Currently, he is the Head of international health research at the Centre for International Health (Burnet Institute), and holds honorary professorial academic appointments at the School of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (Monash University, Australia), and ICRH within the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Ghent University, Belgium). Prof Luchters has over 100 publications (h-index=29), with more than 90 in international peer-reviewed journals in the fields of reproductive health, maternal and child health, sexually transmitted infections, family planning, and sexual behaviour.

Viola Nilah Nyakato

Viola is the current Director of the Institute of Interdisciplinary Training and Research (IITR) at Mbarara University of Science and Technology (Uganda). For about 10 years, Viola has been engaged in research that delves into the underlying gender barriers particularly decision-making, women land rights, couple relations and life skills that limit access maternal healthcare for young people and women. Since 2007 she worked as a lecturer for sociology and gender and development at MUST. She has done a number of research projects related to the field of SRHR, including an ongoing project that developed a comprehensive sexuality education curriculum for primary schools. In 2015, she was recognized as 2015 World Heritage Hero at the at the 39th Session of the German Commission for UNESCO in recognition of the publication on Women in Conservation. Between October 2015 and February 2016, Viola worked as a local consultant for the evaluation of the end of programme evaluation for United for Body Rights and the Access, Services, Knowledge (ASK) programmes in collaboration with ICRH and Kaleidos Research.

Kristien Michielsen

Prof. dr. Kristien Michielsen’s field of expertise is Global Sexual and Reproductive Health, with a specific focus on Sexual and Reproductive Health Behaviour, in particular of adolescents and young people. She is a trained social scientist (2001) and obtained a PhD in Social Medical Sciences from Ghent University (2012). She has been working for ICRH since 2006, and in this period her research mainly focused on SRH and wellbeing of adolescents and young people, in several countries in Africa, Latin America and Europe on a number of topics as: the formation of gender norms in early adolescence and its impact of sexual health, adherence to ARV treatment among HIV-positive adolescents in Kenya, evaluation of holistic sexuality education, and post-hoc evaluations of complex interventions.

Kristien currently holds a position as assistant professor at ICRH, where she is responsible for general support and supervision, guiding PhD and master students, fund acquisition, and setting out a research line on adolescent SRH and wellbeing. Kristien is member of a number of national and international networks related to SRH.

Wendo Mlahagwa

I have been teaching in the Faculty the last 12 years. I trained as a graduate teacher at Dar es Salaam University in Tanzania. I obtained my Postgraduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management and my Masters in Development Studies at Mbarara University, Uganda, Institute of Interdisciplinary Training and Research, former Faculty of Development Studies in 2005 and 2008 respectively. I am a PhD student in the same Institute. My PhD Research is on Social Reintegration of Formerly Abducted Young Mothers in Post Conflict Northern Uganda. I have a certificate in the International Training program on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (2015/2016) from Lunds University, Sweden. I am currently working as a co-investigator with the PI (Dr Viola N. Nyakato) in a North South University Collaboration (University of Ghent, Free University of Brussels, Uganda Martyrs University) to implement a Project on Mitigating adverse sexual and reproductive health outcomes through a comprehensive primary school sexuality education program in South-Western Uganda.

Khátia Munguambe

Khátia Munguambe holds an Undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences, a Master’s degree in Control of Infectious Diseases, and a PhD in Environmental Health, with a focus on the social determinants of hygiene, water and sanitation practices and conditions. She is currently a lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine of Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM). She is also an associate senior researcher with the Manhiça Research Centre (CISM), Mozambique.Besides leading the Reproductive Health and HIV /AIDS research and extension unit at UEM Faculty of Medicine, she coordinates teaching modules on Fundamentals of Community Health at undergraduate level as well as Research Methodology for Public Health at post-graduate level. On the research front, she responds to a research agenda dedicated to the understanding of the interface between public health interventions and the potential beneficiaries at community level.

Neema Murembe

 Dr. Neema Murembe is a senior lecturer in the department of Gender and Women Studies. She is currently the head of the department. Neema holds a PhD from University of Tilburg which she completed 2014. Her PhD research was focussed on women’s empowerment and decision making at a household level with a focus on Ankole culture of south western Uganda. Neema is a social anthropologist and an ethnographic researcher. She has been engaged in research on gender and women empowerment. She has participated and led both basic and adoptive research.

Kaiyan Pei

Prof. Pei is the director of Social Medicine Center, NRIFP, and expert in multicenter prospective clinical trials on contraceptives and epidemiological researches on preconception care and healthcare for children and the edged, author or co-author for more than 30 academic papers and 4 books. She currently serves as a member of Youth Academic Committee of National Research Institute for Family Planning, and a member of Teaching Advisory Board of National Vocational Education under Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China. Prof. Pei is teaching genetics, birth defect intervention and adolescent sexual and reproductive health. Her research interest lies in population-based monitoring and intervention of birth defects, postpartum contraception, sexual and reproductive health among special population.

Paul Reynolds

Paul Reynolds is Reader in Sociology and Social Philosophy at Edge Hill University in the UK. His specialist fields are sexual ethics and politics with special reference to sexual consent, literacy and well-being. He is co-convenor of the International Network for Sexual Ethics and Poltiics (INSEP) and co-editor in chief of its journal with Budrich Publishers. He holds a number of advisory board, editorial board and international leadership roles and positions in academic enterprises not directly related to his work in sexual ethics and politics. He is currently running a project on the impact of consent talks at British Universities and co-running a project on consent and its lack and how professionals and care workers deal with unreliable sexual consent amongst those who are mentally debilitated.

 

Simukai Shamu

Dr Simukai Shamu, (PhD) is a Senior Epidemiologist/Senior Researcher at the Foundation for Professional Development’s Research Unit. In this capacity, he has developed a portfolio of research activities focused on 1) conducting health surveys in gender and gender based violence, HIV prevention and mental health issues among women and adolescents, 2) developing and evaluating interventions among women, children and other vulnerable populations and 3) conducting epidemiological studies on communicable diseases. He is currently a Co-Investigator for a randomised controlled trial on Youth HIV prevention and economic strengthening in South Africa in collaboration with FHI360 in North Carolina. Previously, Dr Shamu was a Senior Scientist at the South African Medical Research Council where he managed projects a and trials on primary prevention of intimate partner violence and HIV among adolescents in schools. Dr Shamu also worked with the International Centre for Reproductive Health in Belgium on reproductive health projects and the University of the Western Cape’s School of Public Health conducting research on GBV, HIV and health systems. Simukai Shamu obtained a PhD from Ghent University, Belgium. 

Mohsin Sidat

Prof. Dr. Mohsin Mahomed Sidat is Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University Eduardo Mondlane (Maputo, Mozambique). Public Health Specialist (physician): title obtained in December 2009 by National Committee for Post-graduation at the Ministry of Health. (title was recognized by the MoH as well as the College of Public Health of the Mozambican Medical Council);
PhD (Public Health) in 2007 by The University of Melbourne (Australia);
MSc (Infectious Diseases) London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (London, UK);
MD in 1994 by The University Eduardo Mondlane, Faculty of Medicine (Maputo, Mozambique);
Research: On quantitative and qualitative research (in clinical, laboratorial, public health and epidemiological aspects of infectious diseases, and health systems research including research related to human resources) Teaching: Coordinator of Track I of MPH (Promotion, Prevention and Control of Diseases) program at the Community Health Department, Faculty of Medicine, University Eduardo Mondlane. Co-author of the new curriculum for CHWs (APEs) Training in Mozambique.

Marleen Temmerman

Since December 2015, Professor Dr Marleen Temmerman joined the Aga Khan University East Africa as Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology,  and as Director of Women’s Health  and Research in the Faculty of Health Sciences.
From 2012 until 2015, Prof dr Marleen Temmerman was the Director of the Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR), at the World Health Organization (WHO). RHR is the main instrument within the United Nations system for research in human reproduction and sexual and reproductive health, bringing together policy-makers and programmers, scientists, health care providers, clinicians, consumers and community representatives to identify and address priorities for research to improve sexual and reproductive health.
She is a Professor OB/GYN at the Ghent University in Belgium. She has a strong academic background with over 400 publications and books in the area of women’s health. She is the Founding Director of the International Centre for Reproductive Health, with offices at Ghent University, in Kenya and Mozambique and collaboration agreements with Universities and Research Institutes all over the world.
As an Obstetrician-Gynaecologist with over 30 years of clinical  expertise, she supervised over 18,000 births in many parts of the world and was part of many women’s life.

Gurmesa Tura

Gurmesa Tura earned his first degree as BSc in Public Health from Debub University, Ethiopia in 2002, a second degree as Masters of Public Health in Reproductive Health (MPH/RH) from Jimma University, Ethiopia, in 2007 and a PhD in Public Health Reproductive Health Track from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia in 2015. Currently, working as an Associate Professor of Reproductive Health, and serving as an academic staff, researcher, head of the department and consultant for the Federal Ministry of Health on Reproductive health policies and strategies. Responsible for teaching both the MPH in RH and PHD in Public Health Reproductive Health specialty programs under our Department. Advising more than 20 MPH students and 5 PhD students. Published 15 articles on reputable national and international journals related to sexual and reproductive health. Dr. Tura is a member of academic commission of the College of health Sciences and member of the University Council of Jimma University.   

 

Bettina Utz

Bettina Utz, MD, DTM&H, MSc SRH is a trained Gynecologist and Obstetrician currently doing her PhD on gestational diabetes at the ITM –A. Bettina has extensive technical expertise in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Maternal and Newborn Health coupled with profound program based expertise in all clinical aspects of MNCH including the management of regional obstetric services in low resource settings and proven track record in leading capacity building and quality improvement programs in Africa and Asia. She has experience in conducting needs assessments, M&E and supportive supervision in resource poor settings and in the close collaboration with national and international stakeholders as well as government institutions. She worked for 4 years with the German International Cooperation (GIZ) in Rwanda and in Tanzania but conducted also short term missions to disaster stricken areas (Haiti and Afghanistan) in order to provide technical support. As Clinical lecturer she directed the Diploma Course in Reproductive Health at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and was technical lead of the Asia activities of a large DFID funded capacity building project in Emergency Obstetric Care (Maken it Happen) from 2011-2014 at LSTM. Since 2014 she works at ITM-A, where she is involved in a project on gestational diabetes in close collaboration with the National School of Public Health, the Ministry of Health and UNFPA Morocco. 

Karen Van der Veken

Karen Van der Veken, MSc, midwife, MSc is scientific collaborator in the department of Public Health at the ITM-A. She worked as a health professional and as a program manager in emergency, post-emergency and development projects in Africa, Asia and Central-America between 2006 and 2012. Since 2012 she offers a more punctual technical and coordinating support to NGOs, educational institutes and the ITM (2013-2014; 2015-2016). Her main field of research is the health care system, with a particular focus on human resources in health, and the development and implementation of health policy. She developed this expertise during the FP7 FEMHealth project and during a coordinating role in NetSRH, a Network for Scientific Support in the field of Sexual and Reproductive Health, wherein research institutions of 5 West African and 3 North African countries as well as the ITM-A are collaborating and offering mutual technical support and peer review to southern-led research in SRH. As a lecturer she is involved in different training programs at the ITM concerning safe motherhood, sexual and reproductive health and the local health system. 

 

Bernardo Vega

The field expertise of Prof. dr. Bernardo Vega is Sexual and Reproductive Health, with a specific focus on Health Promotion for young people and adolescents; prevention and treatment of Human Papillomavirus (HPV). He has obtained the title of specialists in Gynecologist and Obstetrics (2003),  Dr Vega has been working for University of Cuenca since 2004, in this period his research was based on Women’s Health, focused on prevention of maternal mortality; Determinants of Sexual behavior; Gender equity and Health promotion. Dr Vega currently holds a position as full time professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics; Coordinator of the Cathedra of Sexual and Reproductive Health. He has participated and leaded, as local partner, multicentrical and collaborative researches, most relevant are: CERCA 2010- 2014; Physician patient communication 2012-2014. He also is involved in the development and implementation of projects: Global Early Adolescents Study and Prevalence of HPV in ethnicities in Ecuador

Karine Welffens

Dr. Karine Welffens is a OB/GYN specialist with more than 15 years of experience working in the field of reproductive health in Europe and Africa. She worked in several family planning centers in Brussels, building a strong interest in abortion, contraception issues, and adolescent sexual education. She has completed the equivalent Belgian certification of OB/GYN, and she currently practices at Erasme Teaching Hospital, the Academic Medical Center of the Université Libre de Bruxelles, where she is in charge of the Family Planning Department. In 2011, she participated in a monitoring and evaluation field study analysis of thirty health centers providing reproductive health care in Côte d’Ivoire implemented by the National School of Statistics and Applied Economics (ENSEA) in partnership with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). In 2009, she participated in the development of a Toolkit on the concerted strategy in the fight against female genital mutilation for the Belgian French community.

Junfang Xu

Junfang Xu is a postdoc working in research center for public health, Tsinghua University. My background is health economics and health policy. She is the principal researcher on six studies including on HIV, mental diseases, hepatitis C, experiment economics, health insurance and community health care. Her specific expertise relates to economic evaluation of health interventions and the burden of diseases. She obtained her PhD in July 2016. The PhD studies involved qualitative and quantitative studies in China, studying the burden of mental disease and care. My current research is concentrated on economic evaluation of HIV/AIDS antiviral therapy. She is also a teaching assistant of Tsinghua University in the courses of global health government and health care management.

Wei-Hong Zhang

Wei-Hong Zhang (MD, MPH, PhD, Postdoctoral of University of Oxford) has been a full professor of Epidemiology at School of Public Health, ULB between 2012 and 2015. Since October 2015 she joints Research Laboratory for Human Reproduction, Faculty of Medicine, ULB Belgium, and keeps part time of professor of Epidemiology. She is also senior project coordinator at ICRH, Ghent University, since 2007. She has long-standing experience in coordinating international projects, particular in EU-funded projects in European and in China, she is currently project leader for an ongoing EU-funded FP7 project in the field of Family Planning in China. By today, she has held the position of visiting professor at several Chinese universities and the adjunct professor at Tongji University School of Medicine, Shanghai; the National Research Institution for Family Planning, China, as well as the professor of Epidemiology at Tsinghua University.  She teaches courses focused on the epidemiology and Evidence based medicine.  Her research experience covers prenatal screening, family planning, maternal mobility and mortality, migrant reproductive health, evidence-based maternal care and policy making.  Since 2014 she is appointed by the P. R of China, as the State Council Advisor.

Xiaoying Zheng

Prof. Zheng is an expert of population health in China, with a specific focus on reproductive health, women and children health, and health policy. She is currently the director of Institute of Population Research/WHO Collaborating Center for Reproductive Health and Population Science at Peking University, and dean of PKU-APEC Health Science Academy. She has been appointed as Yang Zi Professor of National Yang Zi Award Scholar Program, and Leading Scientist of National “973” Program of Population and Health. Dr. Zheng has received more than 50 peer-reviewed research grants and major or key projects in the field of population health and development. She has authored over 370 journal papers, over 80 international conference papers, over 20 chapters and edited books, and over 40 honors and awards for research papers and work. Dr. Zheng is currently member of Leading Board of Life Science Innovation Forum of APEC, Chinese representative for Washington Group on Disability, UN, and Vice President of Chinese Healthy Birth Science Association.