Lori Heise


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Lori is a long-time advocate and researcher on women’s health, most notably in the fields of violence against women and HIV. She currently directs the HIV Structural Drivers Research Consortium (STRIVE), a multi-country effort to generate evidence on how structural factors – such as gender, stigma, lack of livelihood options and drinking norms – shape individuals’ sexual behavior. STRIVE is based at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, where she also teaches and conducts research.

Prior to joining the university in 2010, Lori spent ten years as the Founding Director of the Global Campaign for Microbicides, a coalition of over 200 organizations worldwide that mobilize support among policymakers, opinion leaders, and the general public for increased investment into microbicides and other user-controlled methods of HIV protection. In 1994, she founded and went on to co-direct the Centre for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), an international NGO dedicated to ensuring that US international policies and programs promote women’s and girls’ sexual and reproductive health within a human rights framework.

As one of its first associates, Lori has contributed enormously to JASS’ strategy and direction, and her clear thinking and advocacy experience continue to fuel JASS’ engines.