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Kigali, Rwanda
31 May - 02 June 2022


Cleopatra Mugyenyi (PhD), is a public health, policy, and gender expert with 18 years of experience in Sub-Saharan Africa carrying out research, policy analysis, fundraising, strategic planning, and the development and evaluation of programs. From a start in immunology and epidemiology to her current work in gender, Dr. Mugyenyi’s broad research experience includes women’s economic empowerment and livelihoods; sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR); youth livelihoods and positive youth development; the prevention and response to violence against women and children; inclusion, governance, and accountability in health systems; and infectious diseases (HIV, Malaria, TB); She has worked with research institutions, implementing organisations, think tanks, and the private sector in Africa.

Dr. Mugyenyi leads ICRW Africa where she oversees regional programs and a bench of experts conducting rigorous gender-related research across a number of thematic areas; strengthens the monitoring, evaluation and research capacities of organizations; disseminates state-of-the-art resource materials; promotes evidence-based advocacy; and works with key stakeholders to develop solutions that address various gender issues in the public and private sectors. Her expertise includes mixed-methods research methodologies, research design, statistical analysis, M&E, and impact evaluations. She strongly believes that research should be rooted in real-world problem solving and has been actively engaged in utilizing research findings to inform national policies. Cleopatra holds a BSc in Medical Biochemistry, an MSc in Immunology of Infectious Disease, and a PhD in Immuno-Epidemiology.

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