South African Medical Research Council
Samantha Willan is the Capacity Development Manager for What Works, she has over 15 years’ experience working on preventing violence against women and girls, gender equality, sexuality, and HIV, from a women’s rights perspective. Her work spans research, capacity development, training and policy influencing. Predominantly based in South Africa over that time, her focus has been across southern and eastern Africa and South Asia, with a global outlook in relation to research and policy developments. Prior to joining the What Works Global Programme, Samantha co-founded and was Project Lead for the Gender Equality and Health Programme at HEARD, which undertook research and programming to prevent violence against women and reduce women’s HIV risk. Previous to this, she was Policy Advisor on HIV&AIDS and Gender at VSO International, and Information Manager for the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Samantha has a Masters in Political Science.