Lara Van Kouterik
Lara leads the work of the Partnership team, which is responsible for all aspects of member engagement across the partnership. She also oversees the secretariat’s work to strengthen Girls Not Brides National Partnerships and other networks and alliances with which we work closely at national levels.
Prior to joining the Girls Not Brides team she worked as Senior Programme Officer Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights at Simavi in The Netherlands, where she developed and managed different SRHR programmes and worked closely with an alliance of civil society organisations in Kenya.
Before that she worked as a Programme Officer at Mama Cash, a Women’s Fund based in Amsterdam. Lara holds a MSc in Cultural Anthropology and International Development Studies and has a background in HIV/Aids, Gender, Women’s Rights and SRHR. She worked and lived in Zambia and Zimbabwe for several years.