Meet The Team
Director - Equal International
Anton has over 25 years’ experience in global health and human rights, and has worked in collaboration with multilateral agencies, bilateral donors, governments, community networks, civil society organisations, and private foundations. Anton began his career as a nurse in South Africa before moving into policy. He is a specialist in advocacy and organisational strategy, policy development, and programme management, as well as facilitation and multi sectoral collaborations. Anton has been involved in many initiatives which have shifted policies, raised resources and improved programmes focused on meeting the needs of marginalised communities and those at risk of being ‘left behind’. He has worked extensively to advance the conceptual and methodological approaches to better plan, monitor and evaluate HIV, health and human rights focused interventions, with particular emphasis on community-led policy.
Director - Equal Africa
Maria is Director of Equal Africa, based in South Africa. Maria has an extensive track record of managing and implementing complex health, human rights, development and social justice programmes, particularly with socially marginalised populations, using an inclusive, consultative, participatory approach. Her skills encompass facilitating consultative processes; community engagement; research and knowledge management; strategic planning; policy; advocacy; evaluation; proposal development, programme development, and organisational strengthening. Areas of interest and expertise are sexual and reproductive health and rights, HIV, mental health, human rights, gender and sexuality, with a particular focus on the health and human rights of sex workers, and other key populations, in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Equal Director for Global Public Investment (GPI)
Jonathan is a writer, campaigner and consultant on human rights, international cooperation, sustainable development and poverty. His work looks in particular at the changing nature of international cooperation as dominant paradigms and global economic relationships evolve. He has held senior positions in several international organisations, including Save the Children, Christian Aid and Ipsos. He has published three books on aid and cooperation (The Future of Aid: Global Public Investment, The trouble with aid: why less could mean more for Africa and Aid, Growth and Poverty with Andy Sumner) and helped set up The Guardian‘s Global Development website, for which he was a regular columnist. As a consultant, he has worked with governments, international agencies and civil society organisations as they renew their strategies for a new era
Technical Lead - Cocreation
Valli is a highly experienced (30 years), multi-lingual (Arabic, English and Spanish) international development consultant with dual nationality (Egyptian/Irish). She has exceptional facilitation skills for planning, assessment and learning events with a very dynamic, engaging and innovative approach. She has extensive experience in formulating and delivering training programmes to diverse audiences as well as conducting organisational assessment and strategic planning processes using the Theory of Change and from a gender perspective. Valli has strong cross-culture expertise with well-developed people skills and innate abilities to inspire others through energetic approach and passion. She is highly resourceful with abilities to create projects from inception as well as develop and review development programmes.
Senior Associate & GPI Regional Lead - Europe
Louise Holly is a policy and advocacy specialist with 16 years’ experience of working with civil society, policymakers and intergovernmental organisations to reduce inequalities in access to healthcare and to promote children’s rights. In previous roles with RESULTS, Save the Children and UNICEF, Louise led the design and implementation of advocacy campaigns focused on TB, HIV, child health and health system strengthening. She has extensive experience of leading and working through global health networks and coalitions. Since 2018, Louise has worked as an independent consultant supporting a diverse range of non-governmental organisations and UN agencies with advocacy strategy development, policy analysis, report writing and qualitative evaluations on issues including digital health, paediatric HIV, malaria, health workforce, education, and gender-based violence. Louise has a BA Hons in Philosophy from King’s College London and an MSc in History and International Relations from the London School of Economics.
Jane Coombes is an Equal Associate and freelance programme manager, writer and editor with over 19 years’ experience in international development and health. She has worked on community-based HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment; sexual and reproductive health; human rights and gender programmes, as well as research initiatives in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Jane has extensive experience working with community-based organisations in low- and middle-income countries, key population networks and non-governmental organisations.
Jane combines programme management experience with strong written and editorial skills and technical knowledge in areas including comprehensive sexuality education; sexual and reproductive health and rights; gender; human rights; sexuality and life skills for young people; HIV prevention, care and treatment; community mobilisation; stigma and discrimination and access to health services. She has reviewed literature and current research to develop evidence-based technical programme guidance; training materials and policy documents.
GPI Regional Lead - Asia
Hannah Wanjie Ryder
Hannah is the CEO of Development Reimagined, a ground-breaking, African-led international development consultancy, headquartered in Beijing, China. She is a highly respected leader, a former diplomat and economist, with close to 20 years of hands-on policy experience on sustainable development, in the private sector, with the UN and other international and government organizations. Her work has covered both traditional development work as well as sustainable development themes (environment and climate change). She is particularly focused on developing robust, holistic, and long-term innovative solutions to challenging development issues – seeing mutual trade and green investment, not just aid, as the best path to development.
Dr. Mohga Kamal-Yanni MPhil. MBE
Mohga is a senior health advisor with 40 years of experience in health policy and programming with international and national health and development agencies including multilateral agencies, NGOs and governments. I also have in depth experience and knowledge of policy and advocacy on access to medicines and on financing and delivery of healthcare.
She is currently senior policy and technical advisor to UNAIDS and the People Vaccine Alliance on access to Covid-19 health technology and Key advisor to the NGO board members of UNITAID.
Mohga has been deeply engaged with most international organizations related to health including WHO, The Global Fund, UNITAID, Medicine Patent Pool and the World bank as well as with pharmaceutical companies. She has in depth expereince in conducting programmes, advocacy, and research in several countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Middle East.
Since January 2020, she has been providing regular information on COVID-19 in Arabic on Twitter and through podcasts.
Rebekah is a skilled international development professional with over 20 years of experience in global health policy and advocacy, including 12 years as a freelance consultant delivering assignments for diverse international clients. She has specific technical expertise in HIV, SRHR universal health coverage and global health R&D. Rebekah has a strong competency in all aspects of non-profit management including managing budgets, fundraising and M&E systems, including expertise in designing impact assessments and evaluation of advocacy projects. She is skilled in qualitative and quantitative research methods, data analysis and writing for a range of audiences. Rebekah received a Master’s degree in Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies in 2001, and also holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of St. Andrews.
Grant Manager and Resource Mobilisation Lead
Daniel is a senior humanitarian and development professional with over 20 years of experience. He has extensive expertise in all aspects of programme management, partnership development, business development, programme design and review, organisational assessment, capacity development and quality assurance.
Daniel has experience in programme audit, monitoring and organisational accreditation systems. He has supported humanitarian and development programmes of national and international organisations across a range of sectors in more than 25 countries, with a particular focus on accountability and human rights.
Daniel managed donor relations and led the institutional funding and partnerships team at Frontline AIDS, designing numerous health and human rights-based programmes for a wide range of government donors, and has previously held senior posts at head, regional and country offices with Plan International.
Daniel has a bachelors’ degree from the University of Sussex and master’s degree from the School of African and Oriental Studies at the University of London
Hugh has extensive experience of coordinating complex multi country projects ranging from advocacy planning and management, strategy development, resource mobilisation and engagement strategies, research and evaluations, conferences and high-level roundtables. Hugh uses best practice project management tools and methods to ensure Equal’s teams exceed expectations. Hugh is also an experienced researcher and has provided research support on numerous evaluations and research assignments on various issues of health, human rights, climate and sustainability. Clients whom Hugh has worked with include multilateral agencies such as the World Bank, WHO and UNICEF; national departments including UK DFID, Dutch MinBUZA and the South African DoH; and civil society organisations including ARASA, Aidsfonds, Equal Measures 2030, TB HIV Care, Treatment Action Campaign and Health GAP. Hugh holds degrees in BA Sociology and MSc Innovation for Sustainable International Development.
GPI Regional Lead - Africa
Mavis Owusu-Gyamfi is Executive Vice-President at the African Center for Economic Transformation. ACET is an African Think Tank focused on supporting countries to develop and implement sustainable growth strategies that benefits its citizens and improves their well-being. Prior to joining ACET, Mavis was Director of Investments at Power of Nutrition where she helped to grow the portfolio from $40m to over $500m in Africa and Asia. Her other roles include Director of Programme Policy and Quality for Save the Children UK and twelve years as a private sector specialist at the UK’s Department of International Development. Her last role at DFID was as a Deputy Director and Head of Profession for Private Sector Development cadre. Mavis is a Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow with an MPhil from the University of Sussex.
Patricia Alemañy Billorou
Patricia Alemañy works as a Programme Assistant on Global Public Investment for Equal International. She is completing her thesis for an International Relations Degree from the University of the Republic in Uruguay. She has worked as a research assistant for different projects, mainly focused on gender equality, migration and international development cooperation. She has been part of several consultancy groups working for different UN agencies (UNHCR, UN Women, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNDP), Government Agencies and NGOs.
Florence possesses qualifications which combine law, human rights and HIV. She has extensive knowledge and experience of global, continental, regional and national policies, initiatives and strategies to fast-track AIDS coupled with extensive knowledge and experience of the national context for the AIDS response and intellectual property rights and access to medicines. Florence has over sixteen years’ progressive professional experience in programme development, implementation and documentation with eight years being in HIV and AIDS programmes and projects, policy research, analysis and advocacy. She has extensive experience in human rights programming including: the development of the Uganda five-year comprehensive response plan to human rights and gender-related barriers; organization of the multi- stakeholder dialogue to validate the baseline of human rights-related barriers to HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria services; and the development of a capacity-building plan for implementers of the Global Fund human rights catalytic plan. Additionally, she has recently contributed to UNDP’s HIV, Health and Development programme through the sub- component: creating an enabling legal environment, which focused on law reform for effective AIDS response, catalyzing municipal action and intellectual property rights and access to essential medicines; and UNAIDS’ community mobilisation, policy advocacy and human rights of key populations.
Angela is a programme assistant at Equal International. Her work has been focused on civil society sustainability in Africa. She has worked with both local and regional Civil society organisations in Africa including the Springup Global Network, an NGO focused on promoting SDG goal 4 in underprivileged communities in Ghana and the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI), a regional organisation focused on strengthening civil society across West Africa. She is currently the Programme Assistant at Equal International where she provides administrative and research support for GPI consultations in Africa and Asia as well as towards the development of a high level concept paper that will explore the GPI approach for pandemic preparedness.
Programme Assistant of Equal International
Sidonie is a first class graduate of BA International Development with proficiency in Spanish from The University of Sussex. She was awarded the Pramit Chaudhuri Memorial Prize for best performance in International Development for graduating top of her class. She has over four years professional experience. She is experienced in research, evaluation, administration, project management, advocacy, campaign coordination, community organising, volunteer organisation and fundraising. Alongside her work at Equal she is completing an MA in Globalisation, Business and Development at The Institute of Development Studies, ranked first in the world for development studies.
Cheikh is an international development expert based in Lagos, Nigeria. He is an active leader in several civil society spaces and is passionate about preserving spaces for civil society to thrive. Cheikh brings with him nearly twenty years of experience in policy and programme development in public health. He has worked as a policy expert for a variety of organisations; municipalities, NGOs and UN agencies. Within those organisations he has developed skills in designing normative guidance, policy frameworks as well as evaluating multi-year strategic frameworks for AIDS and malaria. Throughout the past decade, his professional interest has been focused on supporting African countries to mobilise resources for their programmes to eliminate AIDS, TB and malaria. The other focus of his work has been to work with civil society groups across the continent and help enhance their capacity to influence national health and human rights agendas. He sees this project as a valuable opportunity for him to raise the profile of civil society organisations in Nigeria.
Gill is based in South Africa and is an ECD Specialist who has been in the education, training and development sector for more than 30 years. She has a Pre-Primary Teachers Diploma and a Postgraduate degree in Education and Psychology. Gill has extensive experience in all aspects of project implementation in the Education, Training and Development Sector. Gill is a seasoned evaluator and an accreditor of ECD and early education programmes and training materials. She also designs and develops ECD materials and training courses and conducts capacity building in the ECD sector. One of her key areas of expertise is carrying out quality assurance of projects and training. Gill has also been involved in a number of ECD for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) research projects in Sub Saharan Africa.
Delphine is a senior policy and advocacy expert with over 14 years’ experience working in the international development and humanitarian sectors. She has experience in gender equality influencing, including in the context of the delivery of the SDGs and excellent communications skills and experience in coordinating projects and initiatives across teams, sectors and stakeholders. Delphine has extensive experience in advocacy programme and strategy development, implementation and monitoring and evaluation and is a French native speaker.
MEL Technical Lead
Director and owner of Impact Consulting. Jerushah has been a professional evaluator for 17 years, has a postgraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Cape Town and over 23 years of experience in the social development and philanthropy sector and working in and with non-profits, governments and donors. Jerushah is an experienced evaluator, researcher, facilitator, project manager and strategist. She has led over 200 evaluations and research studies, including longitudinal impact evaluations, facilitated numerous high level strategy developments from local to global scales, and designed over 150 MEL systems. She is passionate about user-friendly research dissemination and has produced numerous documentaries and training videos. Jerushah is the previous Chairperson of the Trauma Centre for Survivors of Violence and Torture (and remains a trustee) and sits on the Board of Trustees of a bursary fund for academically talented learners entering secondary school. She has also been a guest lecturer in MEL for the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), TSIBA Business School and the University of Cape Town School of Monitoring and Evaluation. Jerushah is the recipient of numerous awards which recognise her expertise in the MEL, business and Information Technology space. These include prestigious awards to international evaluation and impact evaluation conferences at which she has presented.
Lynette Keneilwe Mabote
Lynette is a Southern African-based Public Health & Strategic Engagement Consultant. She has over 14 years' adaptable expertise designing macro and micro-level human rights-informed, KPs and affected community-led health programmes. Lynette works through an iterative advocacy capacity strengthening (ACS) model. This has proven particularly successful in reinforcing inclusive participatory advocacy strategies for community preparedness to inform community preparedness for strengthening partnerships between national stakeholders and key and vulnerable populations; as well as key influencers (such as members of Parliament, Religious leaders & policy makers) to inform policies which contribute towards enabling legal and policy environments. Lynette has contributed towards success capacity strengthening (ACS) interventions working with CSOs/NGO partners, localised organisations, Key and Vulnerable populations (KVPs) focusing on treatment literacy innovations in HIV/TB prevention, treatment and care, MDR-TB and AMR, Hepatitis-C & harm reduction; drug policy reform and sexual & reproductive health rights (SRHR). Lynette is passionate about collaborative strategic advocacy at a national, regional and global level.
Sithembile (Themby) Chiware
Sithembile holds two Masters’ degrees in international development studies from the University of Sussex (United Kingdom), with a focus on HIV, Policy and Advocacy. She has over 18 years’ experience managing CSO HIV donor- funded programmes and has led several Global Fund grants in Zimbabwe and Southern Africa as a Principal Recipient. She has expertise in capacity development, policy and advocacy, and has drafted several position papers - including shadow reports - through facilitating national stakeholder consultation processes. She is a prequalified consultant for the UNDP HIV, Health and Development Group and the UNAIDS Fast Track Department in the context of Global HIV Prevention Coalition and HIV. She has developed a number of Strategic Plans including comprehensive service packages and implementation plans for Key Populations. Sithembile has significant experience in leading multi- country dialogues and research projects, including managing formative research, designing research protocols, conducting baseline surveys, mid-term and end line evaluations. She has experience in managing high level protocols and diplomacy through engagement with the SADC Secretariat. She delivered similar projects in Zimbabwe and Southern Africa region including, (i) Facilitating national stakeholder consultation meetings across ten provinces in Zimbabwe, during the National AIDS Strategic Plan (ZNASP) review process, (ii) led the national CSO Stakeholder Consultation Process towards the development of a Zimbabwe Key Populations Implementation Plan for the National AIDS Council and (iii) led a national CSO Stakeholder Consultation Process towards the development of a Comprehensive Service Package for Key Populations in Lesotho, supported by UNFPA. She is fluent in English, Shona and Ndebele, the local languages in Zimbabwe.
John is a public health specialist with 17 years combined experience in designing, management and implementation of public health programs, including HIV and SRH programs, in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. John’s experience also includes supporting programs that aim at breaking barriers to service access by marginalized and vulnerable populations including men who have sex with men, injecting drug users, adolescent girls and young women, sex workers and other vulnerable populations. John has supported development of health sector strategic plans for HIV and AIDs, supported health systems strengthening, designing and implementing health advocacy and policy agendas including supporting review and development of national health policies, supporting the civil society to effectively and meaningfully participate in programs design, implementation and monitoring of health programs at national and regional levels. Of particular relevance, in 2016, John produced the Civil Society (CS) shadow report on Global Country Coordinating Mechanisms (CCM) Eligibility performance assessments in Tanzania and Swaziland. The study aimed at providing an opportunity for the CS to effectively engage in assessing performance of CCMs in GF grant oversight in their respective countries.
Daughtie is a leader within the SRHR, HIV and human rights response in Africa. She brings personal experience as a sex worker and a person living with HIV. Between 2010 and 2019, she was the Director of the African Sex Worker Alliance, overseeing its substantial expansion into 33 African countries. She is currently the coordinator of the African Key Populations Expert Group, on behalf of UNDP. Daughtie’s skills include facilitation and community engagement; research and knowledge management; strategy; policy; advocacy; evaluation; proposal development, program development, and organisational strengthening. She has actively engaged in the development of several tools, guidelines and training workshops to share best practices in how powerful the theory of change approach can be when planning, coordinating and measuring the impact of complex advocacy initiates and played a role in supporting the development, launch and resourcing of the Red Umbrella Fund. She has also worked extensively with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and malaria as well as UNAIDS, WHO, as well as technical teams within donor governments through its Ministries, and private Foundations. She has also led the development of numerous advocacy initiatives that involve managing complex partnerships between diverse NGOs, Government, and multilateral agencies.