Dr. Prerna Kumar has nearly 15 years of experience in social sciences research. Her background in social work and population studies equip her with both program and research skills – both quantitative and qualitative. She has had extensive experience in research, evidence-based program design, program evaluation, policy review, behavior change communication, capacity building and advocacy. She has primarily worked in the field of public health, with a focus on HIV, maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender, and health and technology. Prerna has managed and led several country-wide research projects and program evaluation studies for various national and international organizations.
At ICRW, Prerna leads ‘Plan-It Girls – Empowerment and Employability for Adolescent Girls’, a research intervention aimed at enabling young girls to transition from education to employment, funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She also led the development of the Adolescent Girls P.A.C.E. program for Gap, and is involved with several national and international initiatives committed to bringing the voices of adolescent girls to fore. Prerna also leads the evaluation of the Women and Water Alliance, funded by Gap Inc. and USAID.
In the past, Prerna has worked with national and international NGOs and business corporations. Her experience working with corporate clients underpins her work with ICRW Advisors, where she has been involved in various projects, most notably Unilever’s brand Lux and Levi’s. She conducted a workshop with the Lux creative team to help build their Brand ‘DO’ and conducted a gender perspective workshop with Levi’s sustainability team. Her strength lies in understanding client needs and using her expertise for value addition.
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