Stephanie Kimou

Principal Consultant  

Stephanie Kimou is the founder and lead consultant for PopWorks Africa. She is an international development professional responsible for successful communications and advocacy programs related to sexual and reproductive health and rights. With a background in youth and gender, she has extensive in-country experience in francophone Africa, particularly with building and advising advocacy strategies, infusing meaningful youth engagement into development agendas, and building relationships and partnerships with governmental agencies and iNGOs for sustainable and locally rooted development solutions.

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Strategic Partners


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Elizabeth Gay

Founder, Sisu Consulting

Elizabeth Dawes Gay, MPH is a strategist, advocate, communicator, and convener who turns research into social impact. Elizabeth is the founder of Sisu Consulting, where she works with organizations and individuals to advance social justice for women of color. Her life's mission is to create a world where women of color have what they need to achieve their ideal health and well-being. Elizabeth also serves as Steering Committee Chair of the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, and has been published in Rewire, The Root,, Women’s eNews, TIME Motto, and Huffington Post. She has been quoted in Bustle and The Nation.

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Nene Fofana

Senior Reproductive Health Advisor,  Population Services International

Nene Fofana-Cissé is an international development professional with more than ten years of experience in public health, five of them in the field of reproductive health & gender. She has extensive experience in program implementation, and policy  development in Africa and Asia. Mrs Cissé has held several positions in the United States where she provided technical guidance to countries part of the Population Services International network on HIV, Tuberculosis, and quality assurance for healthcare service delivery. She was most recently based in Mali where she served as a Technical Advisor for reproductive health/family planning where she worked on strengthening rural community health centers service delivery, national health policy, and with the private sector on topics such as universal health insurance. She is passionate about women’s health, youth’s access to sexual & reproductive health services, and health system strengthening. She holds an MPH from the George Washington University, and is fluent in French and English.

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Francoise Kpeglo Moudouthe

Head of Africa Engagement, Girls Not Brides

Françoise Kpeglo Moudouthe is a passionate activist for the rights of girls and women, and a firm believer in the role of civil society in bringing about change. She currently works as the Head of Africa Engagement at Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage, based in Dakar, Senegal. Prior to joining Girls Not Brides, Françoise was in charge of strengthening the women's rights portfolio of The Elders, a group of eminent personalities working together for peace and human rights. Françoise holds a Master's Degree in International Relations (with a focus on International Security) from Sciences Po in Paris, and is fluent in English and French.

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Mardieh Dennis

International Health Research & Evaluation Professional- London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Mardieh is a sexual and reproductive health specialist with over 7 years of experience working on research, monitoring, and evaluation projects in sub-Saharan Africa. Mardieh is currently a PhD candidate at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where she is studying the influence of the private sector and various health financing mechanisms on access to maternal health services in Kenya. She is passionate about universal access to healthcare and committed to working towards ensuring that marginalized populations around the world, particularly women and girls, are able to obtain the health services they need.


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Lindsay Menard-Freeman

Co-Founder, The Torchlight Collective

Lindsay is the co-founder of The Torchlight Collective, bringing nearly a decade of activism, organizing, and forceful optimism to her work with young people and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). She has served as an advocate and communicator at the intersection of youth mobilization, SRHR, movement-building, and global health. Prior to transitioning into consulting in August 2015, Lindsay worked for over three years as the Senior Manager of Youth Programs & Advocacy at Women Deliver, where she designed, led, and raised funds for the Young Leaders Program, and for four years in the global HIV response as the Program Manager with the Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA).

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Nana Apenem Dagadu,

Strategic Advisor- Senior Research Officer/Faculty at Institute for Reproductive Health, Georgetown University

Nana Apenem Dagadu, MPH, is passionate about promoting sexual and reproductive choice and health around the globe in a holistic, equitable, and sustainable manner. As a Ghanaian-American, she is particularly interested in making strides in Sub-Saharan Africa and the diaspora by amplifying local voices and efforts. She obtained an MPH with a concentration in Reproductive Health and International Health and Development from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and has over nine years of experience designing, implementing, and evaluating sustainable development and sexual and reproductive health programs in several countries including Benin, Congo (DRC), Ghana, Rwanda, Senegal, Uganda, and Swaziland.

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Sarah Fohl

Consultant, Kalpana Consulting

Sarah Fohl is a writer, filmmaker, and international public health professional based in Austin, Texas, with with over 11 years of experience working in development and multimedia production. Sarah has expertise in research and evaluation, using quantitative and qualitative approaches to design and implementation; partnership building among a variety of reproductive health stakeholders; training and facilitation for professionals and government leaders; and multimedia content production for international and domestic audiences. She has worked on and managed projects for Gates Foundation, USAID, DFID, UNICEF, and PEPFAR, among others, and believes the key to progress is working hand in hand with women and youth who are most directly affected by reproductive health issues.

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