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Mary Mulhern Kincaid, 


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Mary M. Kincaid is President at Iris Group and a gender specialist and health policy advisor, with thirty years of experience in international development. In addition to managing the firm, Mary provides strategy and program design, capacity building and research services on gender integration and social inclusion across multiple sectors, as well as sector-specific services in health. She is known for a practical, hands-on approach to gender integration in projects, strategies and policies, relying on the evidence about gender and sector outcomes, a sharp focus on what is feasible and cost-effective, and a deep knowledge of gender in multiple sectors and regions.

Prior to founding Iris Group in 2011, Dr. Kincaid served as a senior policy advisor on large USAID projects in health policy and in gender integration for over twenty years. In that capacity, she honed her policy and strategy skills working with government officials, NGO leaders, and donors throughout Latin America and Africa to design and implement country and regional programs addressing women’s health, HIV/AIDS, and gender equality in various sectors, including gender-based violence, trade and investment and women’s labor force participation.


Mary earned a Doctorate in Public Health and a Master’s degree in Economics, both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Davidson College.

Specialist Areas of Work
Recent Projects
Evidence Review & Strategy Recommendations for BMGF Stronger Mothers Initiative
Gender Assessment and Action Planning With Citywide Inclusive Sanitation (CWIS) Partners in Asia and Africa
Gender Assessment and Strategy for Uganda Sanitation for Health (S4H) Project
Gender Mainstreaming Learning Collective for Donor Organizations
Gender Training for Burundi Reaching an AIDS Free Generation (RAFG) Project
Haiti Infrastructure Program
Jordan Communication Advocacy and Policy Project
Lancet Series: the Next Generation of Gender Equality
Mozambique Monitoring and Evaluation Mechanism & Services (MMEMS)
Political Economy Analysis of Child Marriage in Seven Countries
Sustaining Health Outcomes Through the Private Sector Project Plus (SHOPS Plus)
Tanzania Water Resources Integration Development Initiative (WARIDI)
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Partnerships and Learning for Sustainability (WASHPaLS)
Languages Spoken

English and Spanish

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