Dr. Yvette Efevbera, ScD, MSc is a global health leader working to create a world where young people and women are healthy, happy, unafraid, and unapologetic.

For more than a decade, Yvette has had the unique honor of working across academic, non-profit, and philanthropic spaces at the intersection of research, programs, and policy. She leads efforts i-DCnVwwGto strengthen culturally-intentional programs and policies linking adolescents, youth, gender, and culture, such as those affected by girl child marriage, gender-based violence, HIV/AIDS, and other forms of vulnerability in sub-Saharan Africa. Yvette brings extensive training in conducting qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods research;  program design and evaluation; and program leadership to achieve these goals. She was the Principal Investigator of a qualitative study on girl child marriage in Guinea and of an innovative quantitative study on girl child marriage, health, and early childhood development in sub-Saharan Africa, funded by the Eunice-Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. She also brings over a decade of direct experience working with adolescents and young adults, and policies that affect them, in post-secondary and university settings, as a mentor and equity, diversity, and inclusion consultant. Yvette is currently Advisor, Gender-Based Violence and Child Marriage, Gender Equality  and a former Fellow with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Yvette holds a Bachelor of Arts, High Honor in International Relations from the Honors College and James Madison College of Michigan State University, a Master of Science in Global Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a Doctor of Science in Population and Reproductive Health from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health.

Languages: English, French

Contact Dr. Efevbera at yvette@mail.harvard.edu