Alyson Brody (University of Leeds and British Council)

Dr Alyson Brody is a freelance gender and social inclusion researcher and consultant and the Director of Gender Equality Innovations ( She has over 20 years’ experience of supporting development policy makers and practitioners to achieve gender-transformative results by providing direct support and advice; conducting research and analysis; developing accessible, evidence-based publications and convening collaborative global processes with a range of stakeholders. From 2010-2016 she led BRIDGE, a globally recognised and highly respected global gender and development research and knowledge programme, based at the Institute of Development Studies. Alyson is an anthropologist by training, with a PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University. She has multi-country experience, with specialist knowledge of Asia (particularly Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Georgia and the Kyrgyz Republic) and West Africa (Senegal, Mali, Benin). She is fluent in French and Thai. Alyson has undertaken consultancy work for high-profile clients that include the Asian Development Bank, the Commonwealth Secretariat, UN Volunteers, the World Food Programme,  the UK Department for International Development (DFID); Irish Aid; the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC); the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida); the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); Oxfam and UN Women.

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