Research Methods Advisory Panel

GFEMS leverages global networks to ensure our evidence and learning activities are rigorous and designed for maximum effectiveness.

Research Methods Advisory Panel


In support of the Global Fund’s research endeavors and given the unique challenges associated with measuring hidden and vulnerable populations, GFEMS has convened a Research Methods Advisory Panel (RMAP). Panelists lend their expertise through periodic review and feedback on the Fund’s proposed prevalence estimation research designs, survey instruments, data analysis plans, and preliminary findings.   

The RMAP provides independent, impartial, transparent peer review of proposed research methods and draft research reports on the basis of conceptual framing, appropriateness, cultural sensitivity, validity, reliability, and cogency. Such feedback from an interdisciplinary group of experts is critical to the refinement and relevance of GFEMS research products.

More about our team:


Carolyn Huang, PhD

Senior Evaluation Specialist

Initiative for Impact Evaluation

Meet Carolyn

Cathy Zimmerman, PhD

Co-founder, Gender Violence and Health Centre

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Meet Cathy

David Okech, MSW, PhD

Associate Professor, Director of APRIES

University of Georgia

Meet David

Federico Blanco Allais

Senior Research Officer

International Labour Organisation

Meet Federico

Jacqueline Joudo Larsen

Head of Global Research

Walk Free Foundation

Meet Jacqueline

Kelly Gleason, PhD

Data Science Lead, Modern Slavery Program

United Nations University

Meet Kelly

Sir Bernard Silverman FRS

Independent Researcher and Professor of Modern Slavery Statistics

University of Nottingham

Meet Sir Bernard

Yuki Lo

Senior Research and Evaluation Manager

Freedom Fund

Meet Yuki