Meet the Team

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Dr Melvina Woode Owusu

Founder & Director

Melvina has an academic background in medical anthropology (BSc, Durham University) and translational epidemiology (PhD, University of Manchester). She has extensive experience in inclusive research and programme management spanning:

  • international (WHO, ECDC, UNAIDS, EURO-URHIS2) 

  • national (PHE, HQIP, NHS England) research, surveillance and guidance development and implementation and

  • local sexual health promotion (CNWL Trust), designing and implementing services to address the needs of racially minoritised communities. 

Melvina is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at UCL’s Centre for Population Research in Sexual Health and HIV where she is the Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) lead on the NIHR-funded SEQUENCE Digital programme. Within this role, she is co-developing a cross-study PPIE initiative alongside the Health Protection Research Unit on Sexually Transmitted and Blood Borne Infection. 

Melvina is also a Trustee on the Board for the Race Equality Foundation where she provides expertise on community and inclusive research and sits on the Management Committee. Further, Melvina has been a Fellow at the RSA - the royal society for arts, manufactures and commerce.

In her spare time, Melvina is an enthusiastic amateur photographer and enjoys interior design, yoga and spending time with her children.

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Emma Harvey

Communications & Project Manager

Emma has over 17 years administrative and project management experience, working across various charitable and not for profit organisations. Emma is extremely organised with excellent administration skills with vast experience in managing and supporting programmes as well as utilising her IT and creative skills with website management, graphic design and communications work.

As well as looking after a rescue dog, Emma is a practising visual artist and takes part in regular exhibitions in London and around the UK.

 

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