Fiona Barr joined the Center in 2018 and is responsible for leading its multi-disciplinary Strategy, Evaluation and Learning unit. She leads the organization’s activities to develop and align strategy at different levels and to implement systems and processes that create synergies for planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning necessary for effective evidence-based decision making, continuous improvement and innovation, and ongoing organizational strategic development.
Fiona has worked in international development and sexual and reproductive health for over 25 years at the regional, national and community levels across a wide variety of health areas, including safe abortion and contraception; HIV prevention, care, support and treatment; tuberculosis; malaria; and maternal and child health. She has held leadership, programmatic, and technical management roles in diverse countries, including headquarters roles in Europe and long-term field positions in Africa and Asia.
Prior to joining the Center, Fiona was head of monitoring, evaluation and learning at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative and served as its head of European fundraising and strategic engagement. She has worked with the International HIV/AIDS Alliance as its regional representative for the Asia-Pacific region, and led the significant expansion of its India country program and network of 120 partners across five states; with Population Services International in Pakistan as lead technical advisor on social marketing and franchising; and with Marie Stopes International, supporting partners in developing and implementing sexual and reproductive health programs across Africa.
Fiona received her Ph.D. in Adolescent Reproductive Health from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine/University of Liverpool and holds a Master’s in Economic Science specializing in reproductive health from the University of Wales, Cardiff and a B.A. in Geography and Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.