Dr. Bhavna Mehta

Dr. Bhavna Mehta is a Professor, Faculty of Social Work, Director, Office of Corporate Affairs, Coordinator, Social Research Development Cell, Coordinator, PG Diploma on Corporate Social Responsibility at The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara. She also coordinates 'HUNF' - A Counseling Centre for Survivors of Violence Against Women, Sir Sayaji General Hospital, Vadodara,

Professor Mehta specializes in research and gender based violence with over 15 research projects, more than 50 paper presentations and over 40 publications. Her work in the field of social work ranges from working for shelter homes, women empowerment, mental health services to service for marital violence, girl child issues and many more.

She had been visiting faculty at the School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, University College, Dublin, Ireland, Department of Social Work, Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences, University of The Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan and College of Social Work, University of South Carolina, Columbia, USA.

With over thirty years of experience in the field, Professor Mehta is a consultant to many corporate on their CSR programs and is involved with many voluntary and Non Government Organisations in various ways. She is well travelled and is invited to present her work in many forums.

Professor Mehta is a Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work from The Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Vadodara. She is also a postgraduate in Master of Social Work, University of Bombay, Mumbai and a degree in law and commerce from University of Bombay, Mumbai.

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Mervyn Christian

Mervyn Christian is a program officer with Advance Family Planning at the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive health, part of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), USA. He works with in-country partners to implement AFP’s advocacy approach. He has a strong background in public health programs and research with focus on

reproductive health, maternal and child health, adolescent health and gender based violence. His work in programs and research combined approaches in community mobilization, behavior change communication, capacity building and advocacy. He has also been involved in addressing issues of sexual and gender based violence in the United States and post conflict Democratic Republic of Congo. Most recently at the Bloomberg School of Public Health he coordinated monitoring and evaluation study on maternal and child health outcomes in Cambodia, Guatemala, Kenya and Zambia. He holds a Masters in Public Health from JHSPH and a post graduate degree in Management of NGOs from Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India