Giovanna Lauro is the Deputy Director of International Programs at Promundo-US. She has worked for more than a decade on the promotion of adolescents’ sexual reproductive health and rights through gender-transformative approaches. Her areas of focus include research and programs targeting the promotion of maternal, newborn and child health, and the prevention of gender-based violence through engaging men and boys. Prior to joining Promundo, Giovanna worked as Maternal and Newborn Health Advocacy Advisor for Evidence for Action (E4A), a DfID-funded multi-country initiative aimed at promoting maternal and newborn survival in Sub-Saharan Africa. Previously, she worked at the United Nations Foundation as Associate Director of the Women and Population Programme. She also worked on issues of diversity, race, and ethnicity at the London School of Economics, and researched harmful traditional practices at the University of Oxford, where she attained her PhD in Political Science. Her previous degrees include a Master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies with a focus on Public Health, and a BA from the University of Bologna.