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SBCC Practices for Adolescents and Youth Engagement and Empowerment

March 15, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Moderator: Aline Germani Abs, MPH

Aline Germani is the Director of the Center for Public Health Practice (CPHP) at the Faculty of Health Sciences and an Instructor in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the American University of Beirut (AUB) since 2006. Prior to joining AUB, Aline held for 10 years several positions in international projects providing technical assistance to the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health; mainly, as public health project officer with the Italian Cooperation for Development and as consultant to the MOPH/World Bank Health Sector Rehabilitation Project.

Aline’s areas of expertise are in youth policy, management of adolescent and youth friendly health services, public health ethics, health systems performance, project management and development of sustainable university-community partnerships to improve public health programming and capacity building.

Under her leadership, CPHP has forged strong partnerships with governmental entities, UN agencies and NGOs in Lebanon and the MENA region through providing long-term technical assistance in planning, designing, building capacity, monitoring and evaluating programs.

Aline is the co-founder and co-coordinator of the Humanitarian Engineering Initiative at AUB.

Aline holds an MPH in Health Services Administration and a BS in Public Administration from AUB.

Opening Remarks – Highlights on youth and adolescents in the region

Dr. Marleen Renders, presenter

Dr. Marleen Renders is UNICEF’s Regional Advisor for Adolescent Development and Young People’s Engagement for the Middle East and North Africa Region and serves as co-chair of the UN Arab States Region Issue Based Coalition (IBC) on Adolescents and Youth. She has 20 years of experience covering research, technical leadership and management in international development, peace building and education across Europe, East Africa, and the Middle East. She received her Master’s in development studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London (UK) (1999) and her PhD in Political and Social science from Ghent University (Belgium) (2006). Prior to joining UNICEF, she worked in academic research and higher education.

Reducing Bullying in Jordan through an Edutainment Drama Series

Sarah Jean Cunningham, presenter and managing director of Magenta Consulting

Sarah-Jean founded MAGENTA with a mission to disrupt the space of social and behavioural change, combining scientific rigour and technological innovation. Her vision is underpinned by over a 15 years of behavioural research and communications experience, working across the Middle East, Asia and Africa. She has advised a wide range of governments, UN agencies and international organisations on improving their communication interventions to support broader policy objectives in many areas, especially child protection and youth empowerment. In addition, she sits on the board of a number of not-for-profits, promoting education for women and freedom of speech. She holds a Masters in Engineering from the University of Cambridge with a scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is currently a guest lecturer on Strategic Communications at Kings College London, Department of War Studies.

Eman Zabalawi, presenter and project producer

Eman is a passionate Marketing and Communications Professional with over 9 years of experience in the field. Eman leads and oversees the implementation of Social Behavioural Change campaigns for MAGENTA across the Middle East, ensuring their success and effectiveness.

She worked on many youth and adolescent engagement and empowerment projects in the past, including TV productions and campaign implementations. She led on projects for UN agencies including UNICEF and UNMAS as well as other international and local organizations in Jordan and all around the Middle East including Mercy Corps, and Queen Rania Foundation-Edraak. Eman holds a Bachelor’s degree from the American University of Beirut and a Digital Marketing Diploma.

EGYPT: Girls’ voices driving the change- Egypt – “Dawwie”

Gaia Chiti Strigelli, presenter and chief social & behavior change at UNICEF ECO

Gaia is a programme manager with extensive experience in international humanitarian, development and private sector environments. Over 12 years’ experience as advisor in social and behavioral change, advocacy and partnership management for UNICEF, UNFPA, Internews Afghanistan, Care Kenya and Danish Refugee Council Somalia. Previously, a prize-winning journalist, edutainment producer and partnerships manager in the media industry in Europe, Africa, South America and Asia.

OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES:  Salma w Sari: an online edutainment series for social change from OPTI

Nedaa Heneiti, presenter and youth engagement coordinator at Oxfam in OPT

Nedaa Heneiti has been a youth program coordinator for Oxfam OPTI since 2020. She leads Oxfam’s efforts in integrating youth programming and engaging young people in all country programs and projects including Oxfam’s communication, campaigning, advocacy, influencing work whether it is implemented directly by Oxfam, through partners or through informal Palestinian youth groups and movements. Over the past 20 years, she has led multi-sectoral consortium programs in local and international development organisations in OPT.

Katinka Moonen, presenter

Katinka Moonen works as a Policy and Influencing Specialist Gender Justice and SRHR at Oxfam Novib, she has been working together for many years with partners and colleagues to integrate social and behaviour change communication work into Oxfam’s work on amongst other genderbased violence and child marriage. She has had an advisory role on the preparation of the Salma and Sari series.


March 15, 2022
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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