Anke van der Kwaak is a senior health advisor, trainer and project leader and PhD candidate at KIT. She trains and teaches in sexual and reproductive health rights and quality of care and is the coordinator of the health system research module.
Anke leads a number of research and advisory projects in the field of SRHR. Before joining KIT, she worked for ten years as a university lecturer at the Medical Faculty of the Vrije Universiteit (VU) in Amsterdam. At the VU she was a researcher and trainer in CARAM (Co-ordination Action Research on AIDS and Mobility) ASIA, a programme of research, migration and AIDS in ten Asian countries.
Anke is a strong team player, a good communicator and strategic networker. She operates both in NGO and academic circles, and is focused on linking people, both in North–South and South–South networks. Most of her work focuses on capacity-strengthening in mixed-methods research and on the evaluation and translation of findings into knowledge products to be used for informing policy and programmes.
Anke is a member of the Ethical Review Board of the Royal Tropical Institute and the Board of Studies of the Master in Internal Public Health and has authored numerous academic publications.