Current Bloggers

  • Ajoy Datta

    Ajoy Datta is a Research Officer at the Overseas Development Institute. His expertise lies in knowledge interaction processes (including research communications, knowledge brokering, policy influence work and public engagement processes), key intermediaries (such as think tanks, networks and legislators), policy processes and knowledge use (including understanding policymaker incentives and providing advice for them to make better use of knowledge) and sustainably developing capacities of human systems.

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  • Alex Gwyther

    Alex Gwyther is Communications Manager at the UK Collaborative on Development Sciences (UKCDS), the group of 14 UK government departments and major funders with interests in research for international development. He also leads UKCDS work on Research Communications, Uptake and Impact – bringing together the UKCDS members and other key organisations to share best practice and identify opportunities to enhance current and future work on research impact. Alex has worked at various science media and communication organisations and most recently as a Policy Advisor at the UK Government Office for Science.

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  • Allison Stevens

    12 years experience in research & development communications. Writing blogs for Research to Action to share what I have learnt from my everyday work experiences so that other communication practioners and researchers might learn something new, or identify with something in the blog, or suggest a better way of doing something. Twitter: @astevens2013

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  • Andrew Clappison

    Dr. Andrew Clappison’s professional interests centre on research engagement, the challenges attached to getting research into policy and practice, and the measurement of research influence. He currently manages Research to Action, and hopes that the initiative will play a pivotal role in enhancing the knowledge of researchers and knowledge exchange professionals trying to attain influence.

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  • Anna Minasyan

    Anna Minasyan is the co-founder and President of Advanced Social Technologies NGO (AST), an independent center for applied social research based in Yerevan, Armenia. As one of AST's lead researchers, she authored over 30 research papers mainly focusing on labour market, international migration and community development. Since 2007, she is also the Managing Partner of AST's sister company Mosaic.AM, a private enterprise specializing in marketing research and business consultancy. Anna has an MA in Sociology with specialization in Conflict Resolution & Management

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  • Anton Tsvetov

    Anton Tsvetov is a Media and Government Relations Manager at the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC). He holds a BA in Regional Studies and an MA in Foreign Policy and Diplomacy from MGIMO University. RIAC is a non-profit international relations think-tank on a mission to provide policy recommendations for all of the Russian organizations involved in external affairs.

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  • Anushka Wijesinha

    Anushka Wijesinha is Research Economist at the Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka (IPS), where he also chairs the Research Communications Committee – a cross-functional team that looks at how to improve the institute’s outreach. He is the Editor of the IPS blog ‘Talking Economics’ – and you can find him on Twitter @anushwij.

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  • Arnaldo Pellini

    Arnaldo is a Research Associate at the Research and Policy in Development programme of ODI. His background is in economics with a specialization decentralization and local governance reforms, community participation in local governance and service provision, in particular education, and evidence-based policy influencing processes. Arnaldo has more than ten years of field experience at national and local level in Asian countries. He joined ODI in 2008 after two years working with UNDP in Vietnam on a programme to improve research management and policy engagement at the Vietnamese Academy for Social Science.

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  • Arushi Sen

    Arushi Sen works as a media coordinator in the Communications and Policy Engagement team at CSTEP. She holds a Master’s degree in Global Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism. She has worked as an editorial consultant with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), an Editor and Promotions Officer with Yoda Press, a Delhi-based publishing house, and as a freelance editor for UNFPA. At CSTEP, Arushi assists with proposal writing, editing research outputs, and coordinates the publishing of CSTEPs outputs in the media. She also handles CSTEPs social media engagements and website content management.

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  • Astrid Walker Bourne

    Astrid leads Practical Action’s Policy & Practice team which focuses on the organisation’s goal areas of Energy, Agriculture, Urban Services (WASH), Disaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change and Markets. Astrid is passionate about positioning technology on the development agenda, providing evidence and learning of the role technology can play in transforming poor people’s lives

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  • Anaité Vergas

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  • Avra Bhattacharjee

    Avra Bhattacharjee is Deputy Director, Dialogue and Outreach at the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD). His main areas of work include: event and outreach activity management; stakeholder correspondence; and media work. He is also in-charge of the Centre’s graphic design and website management. His communication work relates to assorted themes of economic and social development (such as governance, macroeconomic management, national budget, climate, global trade, LDC issues, poverty eradication – to name a few). Prior to joining CPD he worked for the Research and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU) of the University of Dhaka.

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  • Betty Paton

    Betty Paton has been a Social Media Consultant at CommsConsult Ltd. since 2010. She firmly believes that social media is a powerful tool in the communication of development research and is committed to embracing and understanding new, emerging and appropriate techniques for communicating development. She has a degree in Film Studies from the Combined Universities of Cornwall and an MA in Film and Cultural Management from Southampton University.

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  • Bhathiya Kekulandala

    Bhathiya Kekulandala is a post graduate in Biodiversity and Environmental Management based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. His academic and professional training is on Ecology, Ecosystems Services and Climate Change. He has been working with Practical Acton since 2007, now providing consultancy services to Practical Action Consulting UK and for their climate change project (which he also managed from 2010 to March 2013). In 2012, he became a member of board of directors for a local company, “Janathakshan GTE LTD”. Prior to his work with Practical Action, Bhathiya worked for International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Sri Lanka country office and remains involved in several research projects with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Australia and with Christian Aid/UKAID. Bhathiya also works with government agencies and is actively engaged in the development of several national level initiatives. In addition he collaborates with, and contributes to: Climate Action Network of South Asia (CANSA), Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN), Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN) and is a member of IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) and Sri Lanka Association of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (SLAFAR).

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  • Cheryl Brown

    Cheryl Brown is a Chartered Marketer and former editor at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex and works with research institutes and knowledge brokers in international development to help them increase the uptake of their research. She is a part-time lecturer on professional marketing courses including the CAM Diploma in Digital Marketing. Cheryl has a particular interest in applying behaviour change theories (social marketing) to the process of development research

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  • Carmen Ortiz

    Guatemalteca, politóloga egresada de la Universidad Rafael Landívar, posee estudios de maestría en ciencia política, así como mediación y resolución de conflictos. Actualmente es investigadora de ASIES y Coordinadora del Programa de Opinión Pública de la Universidad Rafael Landívar. Se desempeñó como representante de país de la organización cuáquera, American Friends Service Committe en Haití; consultora en temas de seguridad para la Alianza Internacional para la Consolidación de la Paz –Interpeace Alliance- en la sede regional para América Latina. Ex Secretaria de Análisis Estratégico de la Presidencia y Coordinadora del Sistema de Alerta Temprana para Prevención de Conflictos de la Vicepresidencia de la República. En el área académica fue Secretaria Académica de la Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociales de la Universidad Rafael Landívar, y actualmente, docente universitaria.

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  • Costantine Shirati

    Costantine Shirati Deus is the Communications Officer at The Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy Research Organization (STIPRO). He holds a BA in Sociology and MA in Development Management from the University of Dar es Salaam. In 2013, Deus published his thesis on the "Use of Social Media and Organizational Performance among Civil Society Organizations in Tanzania" under the support of STIPRO.

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  • David J. Olson

    David J. Olson has managed his own global development communications consulting firm, Olson Global Communications, since 2011. He has more than 25 years of strategic communications, advocacy and non-profit management experience on five continents. After serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, he managed an agricultural program in Mali for Lutheran World Relief, and then served as country representative for PSI social marketing programs in Zambia, Bangladesh and Paraguay. He was communications director of PSI and later, of the Global Health Council. He is an active social media practitioner, blogging for the Huffington Post, Impatient Optimists and others and tweeting @davidjolson.

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  • Danie Barragán

    Daniel se gradúó como Ingeniero Comercial en la Escuela Politécnica del Ejército. Especialista en Gestión de Proyectos, Administración de Organizaciones sin fines de lucro y Desarrollo de Competencias Organizacionales. Cursó una Maestría en Gerencia Empresarial con especialización en Gerencia de Proyectos y actualmente se encuentra cursando un postgrado en Gestión Ambiental y Sostenibilidad en el Tecnológico de Monterrey. Entre el 2001 y junio de 2008 se desempeño como Director Administrativo Financiero del CEDA y tuvo a su cargo las coordinación de varios proyectos en temas de Derechos de Acceso (acceso a la información, participación y justicia ambiental), Responsabilidad Social y Sociedad Civil. En el 2008 se vinculó al World Resources Institute como Cynthia Helms Fellow, apoyando al Secretariado Global de The Access Initiative. Actualmente se desempeña como director ejecutivo del CEDA, teniendo a su cargo también la coordinación del proceso local de la Iniciativa de Acceso y varios proyectos relacionados con transparencia, rendición de cuentas, sociedad civil y derechos de acceso.

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  • Ekram Hossain

    Ekram Hossain holds a BSS (Hons) and Masters Degree in Sociology from the University of Chittagong. He joined the Institute of Governance Studies (IGS) at BRAC University in January 2008 as Project Officer for its National Integrity Strategy (NIS) for Bangladesh project. Before joining IGS, he worked with a number of World Bank research projects and ‘Bangladesh First – Bangladesh 2025’, a collaborative study initiated by a group of concerned citizens led by the eminent Lawyer Dr. Kamal Hossain. He also worked with Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) for 6 years from its inception and was mainly responsible for the formation and subsequent functioning of its Committees of Concerned Citizens (CCCs). Prior to that, he worked with a number of human rights organizations including: the Co-ordinating Council for Human Rights in Bangladesh (CCHRB); Steps towards Development; and Democracywatch. He started his career as a journalist and has also worked with Chittagong Radio. A number of his news reports were included in the book “Ekhono Gelona Adhar - Bangladesh Press Response to 1992 Communalism”, Edited by Prof. Shafi Ahmed and Ms. Purobi Basu, Published by Shahitya Shamabay, Dhaka, 1993.

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  • Emma Clunie

    Emma Clunie is currently the Communications Coordinator at Research to Action. She believes that communication can be expressed in many different ways, using a variety of tools and techniques. She enjoys exchanging ideas and supporting peer-learning around these in support of effective and strategic communication. She has a degree in Public Relations from Falmouth University.

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  • Elvio Segovia

    Elvio Segovia es un Ingeniero civil y miembro fundador del Instituto Desarrollo. Ha participado en numerosas actividades de capacitación orientadas a fortalecer la comunicación estratégica y la incidencia. Es Director de Comunicación de ID desde Mayo 2014 y le ha dado un nuevo y fuerte énfasis.

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  • Dr Faruk Ul-Islam

    Dr. Faruk-Ul-Islam has over 23 years experience in the development sector in undertaking a variety of activities such as: strategic programme management; policy influencing; multi-sector/country project operation; evaluation; research; quality assurance; and knowledge management. His technical expertise covers a wide range of areas including: livelihoods diversification, aquaculture, integrated natural resource management, food security, small-scale farming and disaster risk reduction. Faruk holds a PhD in natural fish and rural livelihoods. He is engaged in research-based policy influencing, national and global level stakeholder mapping, designing policy communication strategies, knowledge brokering and repackaging evidence for various target audiences. Most recently, he has been facilitator for BIGD, a Think Tank in Bangladesh, as part of the IDRC-Think Tank Initiative (TTI) Programme.

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  • Gifti Nadi

    Over the last decade, Gifti Nadi has worked on a number of capacity building initiatives on various development issues. Most recently, Gifti has served as a strategic communications mentor to the Ethiopian Development Research Institute and Ethiopian Economics Association as part of the Think Tank Initiative's Policy Engagement and Communications program. She has worked to enhance the media's capacity in more than 28 countries in Africa. As the Media Specialist for UNDP's Africa Adaptation Programme (AAP) in Nairobi, she facilitated media coverage analysis and various programmatic aspects of the climate change training program for over 400 journalists in 20 countries in Africa. Previously, as the Senior Program Officer for Africa at the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF), she implemented multi-million dollar media which provided technical and leadership training for than 1000 journalists in Africa on gender, health and rural development reporting. Gifti has also worked on a number of advocacy programs with rural women leaders in West Africa as well as the National Summit on Africa, an initiative to educate and engage Americans about US Foreign Policy on Africa. In 2003, she received the second Truman Award for Leadership and Innovation by Young Professionals in International Development by the Society for International Development. Nadi holds a master’s degree in international public policy from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Maryland. She is fluent in English, French and Amharic.

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  • Gagan Sethi

    Gagan is a development educator, specialising in Gender and Organisational Development. He has worked as a consultant with Swiss Agency for Development (SDC), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Christian Aid and other INGO’s. As founder of Janvikas, he has also helped to esablish several strategic organizations in the country including: KMVS, Sahjeevan, Drishti, Centre for Social Justice, HID forum, and Econet India. As an appointed member of NHRC’s monitoring group Gagan has monitored human right violations during the Gujarat Earthquake 2001, and communal violence in the state of Gujarat. He now focuses on the governance and accountability of non-profit organisations, and is co-chair of the Planning Commission of India (NPC) Drafting Committee for the Voluntary Sector Policy, as well as invitee to the Assessment & Monitoring Authority (AMA) of the NPC.

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  • Henna Mahmood

    Henna Mahmood is a Senior Communications Associate at Results for Development Institute. She is a member of the project team implementing the Think Tank Initiative's Policy Engagement and Communications Program in Anglophone Africa. She holds a BA from Columbia University in History and Middle Eastern, African and South Asian Studies.

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  • Institute of Development Studies

    The Institute of Development Studies (IDS) is a leading global charity for international development research, teaching and communications. IDS, in partnership with Practical Action Consulting, are leading the South Asia and Latin American elements of the Think Tank Initiative's Policy Engagement and Communications (PEC) programme. IDS will be publishing a range of materials relating to this programme on R2A.

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  • Ileana Morales

    Ileana Morales, es periodista y con estudios de post grado en Derechos Humanos. Su especialidad es la prensa escrita, en el área de opinión. Actualmente es Coordinadora del área de Comunicación e incidencia del FOSDEH desde donde se ha dedicado al posicionamiento de temas económicos - sociales en la agenda mediática y de los tomadores de decisión pública. De igual forma,se desenvuelve como colaboradora voluntaria para otras organizaciones de sociedad civil especialista en temas de transparencia, medio ambiente y sectores poblacionales en condiciones de vulnerabilidad.

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  • Ingvild Storm

    Ingvild Storm is currently completing a journalism degree at Falmouth University. In her spare time she works for CommsConsult Ltd., where she applies her creative communication skills to a range of tasks. She is passionate about the powers of social media and its role in social activism.

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  • Isabel Vogel

    Isabel Vogel is an independent consultant supporting organisations to achieve their social goals through learning, evidence and innovation. She has previously held posts at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and the Department for International Development (DFID). More recently her work as focused on developing and reviewing the use of Theory of Change in International Development programmes.

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  • James Georgalakis

    James is responsible at IDS for managing the Central Communications team. He oversees the publications program, web and social media strategy and media and public affairs activities. James has worked in the not-for-profit sector since 2000, predominantly in media and advocacy communications roles. He joined the international development sector in 2005. Previous experience includes three years with international charity EveryChild. James successfully helped to raise their profile in the media and with opinion formers and policy makers and contributed directly to raising child protection up the international development policy agenda. He was also the convener of the DFID CSO Child Rights Working Group.

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  • James Harvey

    James Harvey is the communications manager at the Forest Peoples Programme (FPP). FPP works with indigenous communities to create legal and political spaces for them to secure their rights, control their lands and decide their own futures. Free, prior and informed consent is the foundation upon which all of FPP's work is built.

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  • Jessica Romo

    Yulye Jessica Romo Ramos works for SciDev.Net as Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Coordinator. She is responsible for ensuring that SciDev.Net fulfils its mission by monitoring and evaluating its objectives, ensuring that the organisation understands and responds to stakeholder needs, communicating the outcomes and impacts of SciDev.Net to staff, donors, the NGO sector and the wider public - helping raise SciDev.Net's profile via the M&E structure. She has work experience in the private, public and third sector - both in the developing and industrialised world. Jessica has a BA in international studies and an MSc in development and environmental issues, with a particular specialisation in participatory and M&E methods for governance and development models.

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  • Jo Reid

    Jo has worked in the international development and humanitarian sectors for 8 years across both communications and programmes teams and including 4 years work as a Project Manager leading large teams in Africa and Asia. As a former development practitioner Jo contributes a different perspective to the policy and research uptake debates and is passionate about trying to ensure that ideas are linked to a practical action and to the reality on the ground.

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  • Jorge Benavides

    Jorge Benavides is senior researcher at FUNDESA and a specialist in Social Development Economics, in areas such as human development, governance and democracy. Also, he is Professor in the field of economics and development at Francisco Marroquin University (Guatemala). He holds a Master Degree in Political Affairs from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (Spain) and a B.A. in Economics with Honors from Francisco Marroquin University (Guatemala). His research and publications have focused on development and inequality, social investment transparency, reduction of poverty, quality of life and sustainable development, with particular emphasis on Guatemala and Latin America. Also, he has been consultant for USAID, IADB and World Bank, giving conferences about economics and development for emerging countries.

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  • Julie LaFrance

    Julie LaFrance is a Senior Program Specialist at the Think Tank Initiative. She is part of a team dedicated to strengthening independent policy research institutes, or think tanks, in Latin America, Africa, and South Asia, and is keen to share TTI's learning from supporting these organizations. As part of this team she is able to draw down on her expertise in organizational development, responsible lending practices, resource mobilization and partnership development.

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  • Karla Armas

    Karla Armas studied social and organizational communication in Ecuador. She has served as communications director in several public and private companies. She has written communication manuals and workshops on the same topic. She is currently serving as Director of Communication and Public Advocacy for Grupo FARO.

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  • Kate Hawkins

    Kate is one of the founders of Pamoja Communications and over the years she has worked with multilaterals, bilateral donors, researchers and the non-governmental sector on policy related issues. In recent years she has had more of a focus on research communications and the process by which evidence is translated into policy and practice.

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  • Kennedy Oulu

    Kennedy Oulu lives in Tanzania and is an independent consultant on children and youth research, evaluation and development. He is passionate about generating ideas,managing knowledge and evidence to build the capacities of people and organizations.

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  • Kimberly Clarke

    Kimberly has a strong international background in editing, evaluation and tracking the impact of communication and has worked with many international organizations, development agencies and media including the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), UK Department For International Development (DfID), Practical Action, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Earthscan, the Water, Engineering and Development Centre (WEDC), Institute of Development Studies (IDS), International Forum for Rural Transport and Development (IFRTD), SCF Canada, Plan International, the World Bank, UNDP, FAO, BBC, TVE and OnePlanet Pictures. Kimberly currently works for Inter Press Services (IPS).

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  • Kirsty Newman

    Kirsty Newman is Research Uptake Manager with the Research and Evidence Division of the UK Department for International Development (DFID). She has a PhD in molecular virology and worked as a research fellow in the immunology department at LSHTM from 2004 to 2008. Since that time she has been working on capacity building programmes at the Wellcome Trust, the UK Parliament and the International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications.

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  • Laurie Aldous-Grant

    Laurie believes that good communication has to be the basis for all positive change. Having experience designing and running websites, implementing advertising campaigns and writing press releases for local and national media, Laurie understands the benefits of a well-designed communication strategy. This awareness forms a useful backdrop to her real passion for research and writing.

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  • Laura ffrench-Constant

    Laura is currently studying Politics and Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh, and has a specific interest in African Politics and International Development. In between her studies Laura works for CommsConsult in support of their Research Impact Literacy Project.

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  • Mark Roland

    Mark Roland is a Program Officer at R4D, where he focuses on issues of cost effectiveness and financial sustainability, primarily in the health sector. Prior to his time at R4D, Mark has worked for a variety of domestic and global health agencies, including UNICEF and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, where he managed several health reform projects. Mark holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame and a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from Princeton University.

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  • Megan Lloyd-Laney

    Megan Lloyd-Laney has worked for numerous bilateral, multilateral, diaspora, educational and government organisations. Highlights include a recent three-year stint as consultant Communications Advisor in the Department for International Development’s Research Department; Advocacy Trainer for UNIFEM’s Ending Violence against Women campaigns; and PR Lecturer for University College Falmouth.

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  • Mome Saleem

    Mome Saleem is working as a Research Co-ordinator at SDPI. She earned her Masters degree in Anthropology from Quaid-e-Azam University in the year 2005. Previously she had been engaged in health related assignments as a consultant with WHO, UNOPS and Green star. At SDPI her research interests include Gender based violence, Gender as cross cutting theme in areas of climate change, health and food security and issues of clean drinking water. Besides her expertise on Peace and Conflict are reflected in her several publications including research reports and papers. During her time at SDPI Mome has been awarded with fellowship at the Hamburg University, Federal Foreign office Germany and DIE (German Think Tank associated to the Ministry of Development and Economic cooperation (BMZ), Germany)

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  • Nick Benequista

    Nicholas is a researcher with an interest in media, social movements and how to build better connections between theory and action. He is currently working on a PhD thesis about Kenyan journalism with the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He tweets about media and international development at @benequista.

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  • Natalia Aquilino

    Natalia has been involved in development since 2002, starting as Programme Assistant for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Buenos Aires Country Office. Between 2002 and 2004 she worked for the Democratic Governance cluster managing sub-national and national projects on state reform and human rights. Between 2004 and 2006, she developed and run the first Monitoring and Evaluating (M&E) Office in Buenos Aires supporting planning, implementation and M&E process; besides, she designed and implemented a results based management model to oversight Argentina Country Office performance from 3 perspectives: Development, United Nations (UN) Coordination and Management. In 2007, she supported UNDP’ Operations Support Group (OSG) in NYC in the design of the Results Based Management platform. Between 2008 and 2009 and while on special leave (maternity) she supported a local Civil Society Organization that aims at strengthening small and medium enterprises. Between 2009 and 2011 she has supported the Head of Office duties as UN Resident Coordinator and as UNDP Resident Representative through the oversight of the Strategic Plan, assisted the first UNDAF process that took place with the government of Argentina for the cycle 2010-14 and facilitated the design and implementation of more than 10 joint programmes partnering with different UN agencies. Since 2012, as Director of the Influence, M&E Programme of CIPPEC, the best Argentinean think tank according to the University of Pennsylvania Ranking, she leads the Programme agenda that aims at fostering evaluation institutionalization in Argentina and enhancing the research to policy bond. She leads VIPPAL, a CIPPEC's initiative that delivers capacity building for Think Tanks on planning, M&E influence and research communications.

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  • Nyasha Musandu

    Nyasha Musandu works for CommsConsult (Zimbabwe office) and is involved in a variety of projects covering numerous aspects of research communication, engagement and M&E.

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  • Paula Fray

    Paula Fray is an award winning journalist who has gathered expertise over the last 20 years in media, advocacy and strategic communication. Paula has held senior positions at Inter Press Services (IPS) and The Star newspaper (South Africa). Drawing on these experiences she now works as a consultant with organizations like Health-e, the World Alliance for Citizen Participation (CIVICUS) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

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