Creative Director & Gender Transformative Approaches Specialist
Throughout her career, Alana has joined forces with a multidisciplinary consortium of researchers, activists, practitioners, and artists around the world to promote gender justice and social inclusion. She is deeply committed to bridging the gap between research and implementation …and harnessing the power of art to transform dominant cultural narratives and dismantle systems of inequality. More than fifteen years of work at the intersection of public health, gender transformative approaches, and sexual and reproductive health and rights has evolved into a dynamic vision of how to shift power and resources to create an enabling environment that facilitates systemic change and progress for [women and girls]. Alana has a significant track record of leading/collaborating with multi-cultural teams and she speaks Spanish and Portuguese. Alana has an MPH from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.
Instructional Designer and Strategist
Chelsea L. Ricker is a lifelong sexual and reproductive rights activist dedicated to amplifying the voices of women, young people, LGBTQIA+ groups, and local communities. After an early start as a peer educator and advocate for comprehensive sexuality education in her hometown, Chelsea has spent over 20 years developing her expertise in access to and quality of sexual and reproductive health services, comprehensive sexuality education, sexual and gender-based violence prevention and response, and international human rights structures. Her work focuses on access to and use of human rights and individual agency at the intersections of social and reproductive justice movements. In addition to her advocacy, Chelsea has designed games, training, assessment, and learning tools and strategies for large scale non-governmental organizations, UN agencies, funders, and local movements. She uses a critical feminist approach to develop participatory learning experiences, centered in values clarification, reflection, and dialogue, that are accessible to learners of diverse backgrounds and abilities. She has a BA in Religion and Human Rights from Columbia University in New York and an MA in Education, Health Promotion, and International Development from the Institute of Education of the University of London. When she's not working, you can find Chelsea volunteering at the costume shop for the Washington National Opera, serving on the Board of Directors for HIPS, a harm reduction and community advocacy organization in Washington DC, hanging out with her cats, or pursuing her newest hobby, interior design.
Joseph S. Akoro
Social Development and Inclusion Expert
France and Nigeria
Bilingual in English and French, Joseph Sewedo Akoro is the founder and Principal Consultant at JSA Consulting - International. He is very interested in organizational development, research including baseline study, needs assessment, and program impact evaluation, and has technical knowledge in the areas of gender, human rights (incl. LGBTQI rights), health (HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health), and philanthropy. He has work experience, of almost 20 years, in civil society organizing and supporting international NGOs and multilateral agencies such as the UN and World Bank, in inclusive development programming. Joseph has a BSC degree in International Relations and a MA degree in Global Diplomacy from the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London.
Dr. Madhumita Das
Director of Research and Evaluation
Dr. Madhumita Das - Working in the space of gender, sexuality, and feminism, supporting organizations and donors in firming their program strategies and/or evaluating their programs/portfolios for more than 23 years. She is passionate about working with adolescent girls and young women around sexuality, gender and rights, and feminist leadership. For the last 20 years, she has been associated with civil society organizations, networks and the feminist movement. Much of her work in the last decade focused on programs that dismantle gender-biased structures and systems and address sexual and reproductive rights and gender based violence using both grass-roots and macro change processes. With deep and diverse experience supporting evaluation and learning within the context of program design, community organizing, philanthropic consulting, and change work, her approaches to work in program, evaluation and learning are shaped by her passion towards issues, activism and professional experiences.
Human Rights, SRHR and Youth Expert
Feminist, Researcher/evaluator with vast experience in human rights, gender with focus on GBV and economic empowerment and, youth and sexual and reproductive health and rights. Experience in program design, fieldwork, data analysis of qualitative research using feminist approaches and addressing social norms, and program/project evaluations in Mozambique and Angola.