Annabel Erulkar is a social scientist with expertise in developing and managing research and programs related to adolescents, HIV and AIDS, reproductive health, and gender in sub-Saharan Africa. She oversees the Council’s office in Ethiopia and its projects, including those related to married adolescents, domestic workers, and male involvement. She was the principal investigator for the Berhane Hewan program, named best UNFPA “good practice” for adolescents and youth.
Erulkar has authored more than 60 reports and journal articles related to adolescence in sub-Saharan Africa, including schooling, livelihoods, gender-based violence, early marriage, sexual behavior, reproductive health, and “youth-friendly” services. She has coordinated large adolescent projects in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. Her work on child marriage and child domestic work has attracted international attention including field visits by Melinda Gates, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mary Robinson, Gro Brundtland, and numerous parliamentarians and congressmen.
Before joining the Council in 1995, Erulkar was responsible for research and management information systems at the Family Planning Association of Kenya, the country’s largest nongovernmental family planning organization. She holds an MSc in population sciences from Harvard University and a PhD in social statistics from the University of Southampton, United Kingdom.