Sarah Hawkes is a medical doctor with a degree in sociology and a PhD in epidemiology. She is Director of the Centre for Gender and Global Health and Professor of Global Public Health at University College London where she leads a research theme analyzing the use of evidence in policy processes, particularly in relation to gender and health, and sexual health. She has lived and worked for much of the past 20 years in Asia, where she has gathered evidence, built capacity and helped develop policy for programmes focusing on gender, sexual health and human rights. She works closely with national governments, research organizations, WHO and UNFPA in Asia and the Middle East.
Kent is a policy analyst who taught at Yale University and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has co-authored/edited 5 books and over 100 articles, including on gender and global health. He has worked for a range of institutions in numerous countries spanning Africa, Asia, North America and the Pacific. Kent is a champion for social justice, human rights and the democratization of opportunity for all. He loves to cook and is Chief of Strategic Policy Directions at UNAIDS.
Mikaela is a strategist, organizer and HIV/SRHR policy specialist with over ten years experience in developing global partnerships, such as ‘All In to end adolescent AIDS’ and ‘ACT2015’ as well as corporate strategies to influence policy process, including Agenda 2030. She has coordinated large scale qualitative and epidemiological research projects in Southern Africa, as well as managed communications and social media for advocacy, community building and accountability. As an advocate, she has worked to reform Swedish harm-reduction policy, by among other things co-editing the book Dogmer som Dödar/Deadly Dogma (2017), as well as to strengthen Sweden’s global health commitments. She has worked for the UN, civil society and government, with a 360 understanding of different actors and positions. Mikaela is currently an advisor at Sida’s regional SRHR team at the Swedish Embassy in Zambia. She holds an MSc in human rights from Gothenburg University.
Claudia is a women’s rights and gender equality expert, with a background in human rights law and reproductive health from the University of Toronto. She has created women’s rights and youth initiatives for organizations working at both the national and global level, and played a leading role in developing UNAIDS Agenda for Women and Girls. She has also championed gender responsive change management initiatives, ranging from staffing measures to organizational culture. She currently works in Management and Governance at UNAIDS.
Sonja Tanaka is an expert in global health policy and strategy. Her work focuses on articulating organizational policy positions, strategies and engagement in global governance processes. She played a key role in the development of UNAIDS global strategies, UNAIDS contributions to the 2011 and 2016 UN General Assembly Political Declarations on AIDS and its positions in Agenda 2030. Sonja has extensive experience in delivering coherent, high-level products derived through complex, multistakeholder processes. She holds a Masters in Public Health and pursues creative solutions to communications in global health. She is currently an independent consultant and lives in Paris with her partner and two young sons in whom she hopes to instill belief in the power and imperative of gender equality.
Anna works in the UCL Institute for Global Health and is part of the UCL Centre for Gender and Global Health. Alongside her work she is studying for an MSc in Anthropology and Development at the LSE, and works as a Community Research Volunteer at Positive East, a community-based HIV charity in London. Prior to this, she spent time working for UNAIDS in Geneva, and holds a BA from Cambridge University in Social Anthropology.
Ruth Lawlor is a PhD candidate in history at Trinity College, University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on conflict-related sexual violence and is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Cambridge Trust, and the Robert Gardiner Memorial Fund. She is an editor at U.S. Studies Online, the postgraduate journal of the British Association for American Studies.
Tiantian is a PhD student at Department of Sociology in University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on human-assisted reproduction technology policies in China. Before enrolling in University of Cambridge, she completed her B.A at Peking University and Johns Hopkins University. While completing her PhD study, she also operates a company in the UK which transfers shipping containers into affordable and habitable social houses. She plans to work on reproductive health issues after she returns to China where women are still facing problems such as lack of sex education and high abortion rate.
Chloe graduated from Queens’ College Cambridge with a BA in Natural Sciences. After graduating she worked in fundraising and events for Cancer Research UK and then in the NHS, where she became interested in social determinants of health. She plans to do a Masters and eventually work in the field of global health.
Elias Nosrati is a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge. Through the analytic lens offered by the political economy of public health, his research focuses on the upstream determinants of pathogenesis and health inequality. In collaboration with Professor Sarah Hawkes, he is currently examining the origins, causes and mutations of the gender life expectancy gap, with a focus on its social, political and corporate determinants.
Charlotte is an MSc student at the London School of Economics and Political Science and a graduate of the University of Cambridge. She has spent time working for the World Health Organization and for a youth-development agency in India. Charlotte has also been involved in a number of start ups and will be supporting communications direction for Global Health 5050.
Edward is a senior communications specialist with over a decade of experience in communicating issues at the core of global sustainable development. Since joining the United Nations in 2004, Edward has worked for a number of diverse organisations: the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), UNDP, UNAIDS, WHO and most recently, the Green Climate Fund. While at UNAIDS, he supported the development and launch of the Secretariat’s first gender action plan.
Emily T. Blitz is a conference director with twenty years of experience in public relations, multicultural team leadership and stakeholder engagement. She has intimate knowledge of all programmatic and logistical aspects involved with implementing conferences and events for 25 to 25,000 participants. At home in an international environment, her specialties include project management, event communications including social media, presentation skills, protocol, VIP and IPP handling, committee governance, programme development, and stakeholder and donor support. Emily is passionate about health and development issues, particularly HIV, vaccines, sustainable agriculture, LGBTI issues, women's rights, safe motherhood and children's health.