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Anna Kydd



Anna is the co-founder and director of The SHM Foundation, a charitable foundation based in the UK that works globally to bring about positive social change through projects in the areas of learning and citizenship, health and the arts. She oversees all of the work that the Foundation does both in the UK and internationally. She has built an expertise in the area of mobile health in Latin America and Africa, and co-established an initiative to create support groups via mobile phone for those affected by high levels of social isolation and stigma. She has set up support group models for those living and affected with HIV in Mexico, HIV+ pregnant women in South Africa, and most recently for HIV+ adolescents in South Africa who are lacking sufficient support networks to help them to go on to live healthy lives.

Anna has carried out research into how technology can provide opportunities for social change, and regularly presents at international conferences in the area of technology and health. She also collaborates with universities (Yale School of Medicine, University College London, University of Pretoria) and research organisations in the field. Anna has worked for a variety of environmental, public and human rights organisations worldwide, including the Food and Agriculture Organisation, UNESCO and the Fairtrade Labelling Organization.

Anna’s educational background is in environment and development, with a Master’s in Planning and Development from the Development Planning Unit, The Bartlett at University College, London.

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