Moderator: Noshaba Zafar, Senior Technical Advisor - Gender-Based Violence
Noshaba Zafar currently leads gender-based violence (GBV) prevention, mitigation, and response efforts at Corus International.
Noshaba has worked in advisory and managerial roles in the development sector for more than 18 years, with experience across diverse cultural contexts and regions where she designed, evaluated, and implemented gender responsive programs, specifically focusing on program models for young boys and girls. Noshaba has worked closely with country program offices, national governments, local implementing partners, and directly with program participants on issues like child early and forced marriage, sexual and gender-based violence in and outside schools, sexual exploitation and abuse, and workplace harassment.
Panelist: Laura Elisama, South Sudan Senior Program Manager, MOMENTUM Integrated Health Resilience
Laura Elisama serves as the Senior Program Manager for MOMENTUM Integrated Health Resilience in South Sudan.
Laura is a health economist and gender advocate with over 15 years of extensive multi-cultural work experience in post-conflict and emergency contexts with international nongovernmental organizations (INGOs) involving multilateral donors such as the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), USAID's Bureau for Humanitarian Assitance (BHA), the U.K.’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), the European Union (EU), as well as the governments of Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, and Somalia. Laura has a proven track record of direct managerial and technical experience in program design, effective and strategic project implementation, public financial planning, and management.
Panelist: Dr. Alice Mudekereza, Chief of Party, Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) Kit Procurement and Distribution
Dr. Alice Mudekereza acts as the Chief of Party for IMA World Health’s PEP Kit project where she works with local partners and regional networks to ensure that survivors of GBV in the DRC have consistent access to life-saving medications.
Alice is a seasoned public health professional, medical doctor and humanitarian specialist who has over 20 years of experience providing clinical care, strengthening health systems and delivering essential health care services in some of the worlds' most challenging contexts. She has led technical and programmatic teams to support initiatives around HIV prevention, reproductive health, GBV, mental health and primary health care throughout the DRC. Alice works collaboratively with INGOs, United Nations agencies, the World Bank, U.S. Government donors, and public health officials to advocate for and improve DRC national policies related to the health system and has been an avid champion for GBV survivors' rights.
Panelist: Charles Makongo, DRC Country Director
Charles Makongo serves as the Country Director of the DRC for IMA World Health and previously acted as the Head of the Goma Office as well as the Chief of Party for the USAID-funded Counter-Gender Based Violence Program (Tushinde Ujeuri).
Prior to joining IMA World Health, Charles worked for the American Bar Association (ABA) as the Deputy Chief of Party/Senior Legal Advisor for the USAID-funded Expanding Access to Justice project in Somalia and served as the ABA’s Country Director in the DRC where he managed the implementation of a wide range of programs centered on human rights and rule of law. Charles also previously worked with a number of international organizations including Lions Club International as well as Voluntary Service Overseas. He was also a project manager and national expert under the sphere of European Union-Cameroon Cooperation and the PACDET human rights pilot project to improve legal and material detention conditions in Cameroon prisons. He is a former member of the Cameroon Ministry of Justice Unit to combat corruption within the justice system, the Cameroon chapter of the International Prison Watch, and the Cameroon chapter of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (ICC).