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Gender Advisory Committee

The role of the informal project Advisory Committee (AC) is to provide strategic guidance to the Gender Financing project, to advise the project team on which priority issues to investigate, and to act as a sounding board as the initiative develops. The AC consists of gender specialists and other expert representatives from the UN, INGOs, think tanks, private foundations, and civil society organizations, bringing together a wealth of experience and expertise on gender equality programmes, gender data, transparency, and development. Individuals serve in their personal, not organizational, capacity.

Advisory Committee Members

Amanda Austin is Head of Policy and Advocacy for Equal Measures 2030, a cross-sector partnership of national, regional and global organizations working to connect data and evidence with advocacy and action to achieve gender equality. She oversees regional and global advocacy as well as trust-based funded partnerships with women’s rights organizations in seven countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Amanda previously worked for Oxfam, Save the Children and Plan International, and holds an MSc in Global Politics from the London School of Economics.

Andrew Wainer is Director, Policy Research with Save the Children USA where he focuses on sustainable development finance, governance, and foreign aid effectiveness. His research has appeared in the peer-reviewed journals Development in Practice and International Migration and his analysis has been featured in publications including the Wall Street Journal, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and The Atlantic. Andrew’s work has also been cited by research institutions including the World Bank, the Center for Global Development, and the Brookings Institution. He speaks Spanish and Portuguese and received his master’s degree in Latin American Studies from UCLA.

Greta Schettler is the Senior Programme Officer for the Gender Equality Policy, Advocacy and Communications at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She is also part of the Board of Directors of the International Folk Art Alliance. Greta has extensive experience in gender equality and economic growth, with a focus on designing and scaling efforts to advance poverty reduction, women’s economic participation and entrepreneurship through development, trade, and business. Previously, Greta was the CEO and Founder of Equal Up Strategies, the COO of WEConnect International, and a Senior Economic Policy Advisor in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues for the U.S. Department of State.

Lorie Broomhall is the Acting Director and Senior Advisor of Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning at Plan International USA. Lorie a senior level public health professional with over fifteen years of experience leading international evaluations, research and M&E, with a strong background in HIV, reproductive health/family planning and health systems strengthening. As a former Global Health Fellow at USAID, Lorie has deep, practical knowledge of PEPFAR and USAID M&E procedures, requirements, and reporting systems. Her research knowledge and skills include the design and implementation of protocols and data collection instruments and data analysis plans.

Megan O’Donnell is the Assistant Director of the Centre for Global Development’s gender program and a senior policy analyst. She works on issues related to women’s economic empowerment and financial inclusion, gender data and measurement, and development effectiveness. Previously, Megan worked at the ONE Campaign, coordinated CGD’s gender research program, and she has worked with the Inter-American Development Bank, the International Center for Research on Women, CARE USA, Banyan Global, and the Middle East Institute. She has a master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Oxford and a bachelor’s degree in Politics and French from the University of Virginia.

Memory Zonde-Kachambwa is the Executive Director at the African Women’s Development and Communication Network (known as FEMNET). Memory is a pan-African feminist, gender and women’s rights activist, with over 18 years’ experience developing, managing and implementing programs promoting women and girls rights regionally and globally. A seasoned cross-cultural thought leader and strategist bridging national, regional, global women’s rights networks with policy leaders. She is a board member of the award–winning UNESCO Female Students Support Network Trust in Zimbabwe, which assists young women in tertiary institutions in fighting gender-based violence. She was named by apolitical among the top 100 women in gender policy in 2019 and is a SheDecides champion.

Papa Seck is the Chief Statistician at UN Women. Since joining UN Women in 2009, he has led statistics and data work at UN Women and has contributed to the Research work of UN Women more broadly. He leads UN Women’s efforts to monitor the SDGs and for the past year has coordinated the UN System’s efforts to ensure the inclusion of strong gender indicators in the SDGs. He is currently leading the implementation of UN Women’s flagship programme: Making Every Woman and Girl Count, to improve the production and use of gender relevant statistics and to help countries systematically monitor the Sustainable Development Goals form a gender perspective.

Saira Ortega is a psychologist with a pensum closure as a Guatemalan lawyer and notary based in Guatemala. Currently, she works at Hivos Guatemala as the Director of the Guate Diverse and Inclusive Program funded by the Swedish Embassy. From 2015 to 2018 she was director of the Global Fund HIV program. Before joining the Hivos team, she was director of HIV prevention in the Asociación de Salud Integral, a civil society organization that works with the LGBT population, sex workers and people living with HIV. She has more than 20 years of experience in community work with key populations on HIV and sexual health and more than 10 years of experience working with grants from the Global Fund. Saira served as president of the Guatemala Coordination Mechanism between 2007 and 2009. She has extensive experience working with key populations in the area of capacity building, policy advocacy, and Global Fund rules and procedures.

Sumina Karki is the Assistant Director of Social Development at The Asia Foundation in Nepal. Sumina is a development professional and researcher with experience in governance, conflict transformation, and gender equity and social inclusion. She participated in the Center for Peace and Justice’s Summer Peacebuilding Institute course as a Winston fellow and has completed basic and advanced mediation and dialogue training. Sumina has experience in program development and implementation, project management, monitoring and evaluation and trainings. Sumina holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology from Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Tenzin Dolker is a Tibetan American feminist advocate and researcher currently based in Chicago. At the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), she leads the Where is the Money for Feminist Organizing? and Autonomous Resourcing projects on the Resourcing Feminist Movements team. Tenzin has worked at intergovernmental agencies on migration and development in Kosovo; in global grantmaking organizations supporting international human rights; and at community-based organizations supporting girls’ education, local governance and policy making in Tibet. She received her master's degree from Columbia University in New York, and bachelor's degree from Lake Forest College. Tenzin is a PhD Fellow in Governance and Policy Analysis at Maastricht University where her research focuses on gender and labour migration.

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