Led by Thoai Ngo, director of the Population Council’s Poverty, Gender, and Youth Program, the GIRL Center brings together the Council’s foremost thinkers on adolescent girls across 50 countries with expertise in diverse research methodologies and issues. 

GIRL Center Leadership

GIRL Center Experts

Sajeda Amin

Sajeda Amin
Senior Associate
Child Marriage

Karen Austrian

Karen Austrian
Associate II
Intervention Design

Ashish Bajracharya

Ashish Bajracharya
Associate & Cambodia Country Representative
Sexual and Reproductive Health

Annabel Erulkar

Annabel Erulkar
Senior Associate & Ethiopia Country Director
Child Marriage

Kelly Hallman

Kelly Hallman
Senior Associate
Economics

Paul C. Hewett

Paul C. Hewett
Senior Associate
HIV/AIDS

Sanyukta Mathur

Sanyukta Mathur
Associate II and DREAMS Implementation Science Project Director
HIV/AIDS

Barbara Mensch

Barbara Mensch
Senior Associate
Girls' Education

Stephanie Psaki

Stephanie Psaki
Associate II, Poverty, Gender and Youth
Girls' Education

Chi-Chi Undie

Chi-Chi Undie
Senior Associate
Gender-Based Violence

Lung Vu

Lung Vu
Associate
HIV/AIDS

Rajib Acharya

Rajib Acharya
Associate II
Adolescent Health

K.G. Santhya

K.G. Santhya
Senior Associate
Gender-Based Violence

Special Advisers

Ann K. Blanc

Ann K. Blanc
Vice President, Social and Behavioral Science Research
Special Adviser

Judith Bruce

Judith Bruce
Senior Associate and Policy Analyst
Special Adviser