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Michal Avni, 

Vice President

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Michal is a public health and gender expert with over 25 years of experience in designing, implementing, and advocating for programs and research to promote gender equality and reproductive rights, both in the US and overseas. She has worked with community health centers, in hospital-based research, and with international donor agencies. In these capacities, she has demonstrated ability to set strategic direction with diverse stakeholders, provide thought leadership, and facilitate change through effective communication. She has technical expertise in public health and development, including reproductive health and maternal and child health, women’s empowerment, mitigation of gender-based violence, and engagement of men and boys.


In her role as Vice President at Iris Group, Michal currently serves as activity manager a multi-country action research program on Menstrual Hygiene Management in the Workplace, and she supports a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-funded project on Gender Mainstreaming among leading donor organizations. She also serves as part of the leadership at Iris Group.


Michal received a MPH degree from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Population Planning and International Health, and a BA in Anthropology and Women’s Studies from Oberlin College.

Specialist Areas of Work
Recent Projects
Gender Mainstreaming Learning Collective for Donor Organizations
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Partnerships and Learning for Sustainability (WASHPaLS)
Languages Spoken

English and Hebrew

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