The What Works Global Programme welcomes two new staff members.
Celicia Serenata joins as Project Lead. Serenata has a 22-year background in working in the health field, 11 of which were spent at the Ministry of Health in South Africa. She has worked on HIV policy and implementation since 1999. She has experience working with the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief treatment programme, managing large grants. She also has worked with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, managing grant applications since its early days. Prior to that she worked for the Clinton Health Access Initiative, first as the Deputy Country Director in South Africa, and more recently as a Strategic Advisor in the HIV, TB and Health Financing programme, and as Deputy Country Director in Vietnam.
Samantha Willan joins the programme as its new Capacity Development Manager. Willan has over 15 years’ experience working on preventing violence against women, gender equality, sexuality, and HIV, from a women’s rights perspective. 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, Willan 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 a Policy Advisor on HIV&AIDS and Gender at VSO International, and Information Manager for the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission.