Jillian Reilly has worked for twenty-one years in the global aid industry across Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. In 1993 Jillian came to South Africa to work with a human rights organisation during the dying days of apartheid and was lucky enough to monitor the historic 1994 elections. Hooked on the promise of the new South Africa, she stayed for another four years working with a US non-profit to strengthen the capacity of local NGOs. During that time Jillian was also given the opportunity to develop new projects in countries across east and southern Africa, including Mozambique, Botswana, and Ethiopia. In 1997 she moved to Zimbabwe to start an HIV/AIDS programme. Feeling helpless as she watched the country being brought to its knees by an epidemic and the man who claimed to be its liberator, Jillian left in 2000 and began consulting to the aid industry.
Dr. Karuti Kanyinga is a political scientist with knowledge and experience in human rights and governance. He has extensive experience in managing a wide range of donor and government contracts in the development and governance sector and in developing donor basket funding frameworks and strategic planning for organisations in the public and civil society sector. He has hands on experience in managing a wide range of donor and government contracts in the development and governance sector. Dr. Kanyinga also has extensive experience of over 15 years in programme management, monitoring and evaluation.
Marlise Richter is a consulting researcher and is currently involved in a project on migration and health with the University of the Western Cape. Marklise recently completed a PhD in public health at the International Centre for Reproductive Health at the University of Ghent in Belgium. Her research interests focus on health and human rights, with particular emphasis on sex work, HIV/AIDS, and gender-based violence. She has published numerous articles on related topics, including the decriminalisation of sex work in South Africa and access to health care services for sex workers.