Heather Gilberds is an international development expert with more than 12 years of experience helping organizations advance their research agendas and articulate the impact of their programs. She has sector experience in pandemic response, transparency and accountability, youth health and empowerment, social and behaviour change communication and ICTs for development, and has designed and led research projects in South Asia and throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
Heather is in the final stages of a PhD in Communication at Carleton University, where she is exploring citizen feedback and aid accountability in the context of the Ebola pandemic in Liberia. Prior to joining DOT, she worked as a research consultant and program evaluator for numerous organizations throughout sub-Saharan Africa, including as the 2017 Freedom of the Press Report’s expert for Liberia and Sierra Leone. She has presented and published her research widely in international journals and forums, and has been featured as a writer and contributor in the CBC, HuffPost, NPR and AllAfrica.