Technical Advisory Team

Independent Consultants

Rebecca Ladbury

Ladbury Communications

Rebecca Ladbury is an admired communications consultant with over 20 years experience leading national and international communication campaigns for UNDP, UNICEF, Channel 4, Malaria No More UK, British Council, Jazz FM, Watershed and others. She established Ladbury Communications in 2009, which specialises in developing strategic and creative communications campaigns for socially minded projects and organisations. She has an MA in the Social Anthropology of Development, with a particular focus on global communications, from SOAS, and a BSc in Anthropology from UCL.

Dr. Emma Fulu

Independent Consultant

Dr. Emma Fulu is an independent consultant supporting the DFID-funded What Works to Prevent Violence Global Programme, particularly in the areas of research and policy uptake. Emma is the Founder and Director of The Equality Institute, based in Australia. Prior to that  she was the Head of Research with Partners for Prevention: a joint UN programme for the prevention of violence against women, where she led the UN Multi-country Study on Men and Violence in Asia and the Pacific. She has undertaken research on violence against women and girls for over a decade, chiefly in Asia and the Pacific, and her special interest is the impact of globalisation on violence prevalence. Emma is the author of the book Domestic Violence in Asia: Globalization, gender and Islam in the Maldives and a number of journal articles and reports on violence against women.

Dr. Michele Moloney-Kitts

Dr. Michele Moloney-Kitts is a leader in HIV/AIDS, women’s and children’s health and violence prevention and response with over 30 years of experience in the design, implementation and management of public health programs in the U.S. and internationally.  Dr. Michele Moloney-Kitts has proven skills as a strategic thinker and innovator, serving as a senior executive of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), overseeing field implementation and multilateral diplomacy for the largest public health initiative in history dedicated to a single disease and as the first Executive Director of Together for Girls, a public private partnership on ending violence against children globally. Dr. Michele Moloney-Kitts has strong knowledge of the broader development context and U.S.G. foreign assistance programs with long- term assignments in Morocco, Cambodia and South Africa. U.S. domestic experience includes patient care, clinic management and nursing and medical education. At present, Dr. Michele Moloney-Kitts works as an Independent consultant and sits on the various Boards including; Together for Girls INC; Member; Technical Review Panel, The Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria; Member U.S. National Academy of Sciences Forum on Global Violence Prevention.

Technical Advisors

Dr. Esnat Chirwa 

South African Medical Research Council

Esnat Chirwa has a postgraduate diploma and Master’s Degree in Biometry obtained from the University of Reading (UK), and PhD from the University of Witwatersrand (SA). Her career as a Statistician started at the University of Malawi, where she worked as a lecturer in Applied Statistics and was involved in teaching study designs, statistics theory and quantitative analysis methods to undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as in postgraduate supervision. She has also been involved in several projects as consultant data analyst for both national and international organisations. She has over 15 years of experience in data management and analysis, and advanced statistical methods. Her main interests are structural equation modelling, and application of multi-level models to longitudinal or hierarchical observational studies.

Dr. Yandisa Sikweyiya

South African Medical Research Council

Yandisa Sikweyiya is a Specialist Scientist at the Gender and Health Research Unit of the South African Medical Research Council and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the School of Public Health, University of the Witwatersrand. He holds a PhD degree (Public Health) from the University of the Witwatersrand, a Master’s degree (Public Health) from Umeå University, Sweden. He provides teaching, post-graduate supervision and research support at the University of the Witwatersrand. He has advanced skills in qualitative research and has spent the last 12 years conducting research and publishing in the areas of men and masculinities, gender-based violence and research ethics.

Nwabisa Shai

South African Medical Research Council

Nwabisa Shai is a Senior Researcher at the Gender and Health Research Unit. She has an MPH and is currently working towards a PhD in public health. Nwabisa’s special interests include gender based violence and HIV prevention research, and evaluation of behavioural interventions. She has demonstrable skills in qualitative and quantitative research, evaluation and management, and the development of behavioural interventions. Her major contribution is the intervention development of evidence based HIV and GBV primary prevention interventions for local research institutions and international co-operatives the What Works To Prevent Violence Initiative (Tajikistan and Nepal). Nwabisa has played an extensive role in the adaptation of Stepping Stones, and the development of Creating Futures and Skhokho For Families in South Africa, and the adaptation of these for other low and middle income countries. She also provided technical research support for the UN Partners for Prevention programme research in Papua New Guinea. Nwabisa also holds an Honorary Lecturer position with the School of Public Health at the University of the Witwatersrand since 2011. She renders post graduate supervision and teaching on qualitative research methods to MSc students at the school and other academic research methods courses. Nwabisa also sits in the Editorial Board of the South African Crime Quarterly. She plays an advocacy role for the promotion of scaling up of evidence based violence prevention interventions through a national dialogue forum comprising of civil society organisations, academia and government departments.

Dr. Andrew Gibbs

South African Medical Research Council

Andrew Gibbs is a senior specialist scientist at the Gender and Health Research Unit at the Medical Research Council, and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He has lived and worked for the past ten years in South Africa. His main focus of research has been on masculinities, understanding processes of change and the intersection between gender inequalities and economics. He has worked on projects for UNAIDS, UNDP and a variety of donors and NGOs.

Dr. Julienne Corboz

Julienne Corboz obtained her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Melbourne and is an independent research consultant with over 15 years of experience in mixed-methods research and evaluation, including quantitative and qualitative methods, participatory approaches and research training and capacity building in conflict-affected and fragile settings. She works across a diverse range of thematic areas, including gender in development and humanitarian settings, gender-based violence, women’s economic empowerment and livelihoods, marginalised girls’ education, sexual and reproductive health and children’s rights. Julienne has worked in a range of geographical contexts, including South Asia, South-East Asia and Latin America. She is currently based in Afghanistan, where she has conducted research for a variety of UN agencies, International NGOs and donors, including as an independent evaluator of DFID-funded Girls Education Challenge projects, and research and evaluation related to women, peace and security, violence against women and girls in routine development settings and humanitarian emergencies, harmful traditional practices and violence against children.

Kate Bishop

Social Development Direct

Kate Bishop is a Senior Technical specialist and Lead Consultant for Social Development Direct’s Gender Based Violence (GBV) portfolio. She has 14 years’ experience working on Violence against Women and Girls, women’s rights, and gender equality across a range of development contexts. She previously worked as a Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) Advisor for DFID, where she was involved with the strategic development of DFID’s portfolio of work on VAWG. Whilst at DFID she developed a ground-breaking and ambitious portfolio on ending VAWG including the £25m flagship ‘What Works to prevent VAWG research and innovation fund’. Kate has a strong track record in evidence-based policy and programme development, and organisational strategy and development in a range of international and national contexts. She holds a Masters in Violence, Conflict and Development form the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.