Frances Cowan joined LSTM on August 1st 2016 as Professor of Global Health. Previously a Professor of International Sexual Health and HIV at University College London, Frances has lived and worked full time in Zimbabwe since 1999 where she leads a portfolio of HIV prevention research which includes large scale impact evaluations of national HIV programmes. Currently she is evaluating Zimbabwe’s National PMTCT programme, conducting an impact evaluation of ART for prevention in female sex workers and providing evidence to support scale up of voluntary male circumcision. She oversees implementation of Zimbabwe’s “Sisters with a Voice’ program for sex workers which has national coverage. She works closely with the Zimbabwe Ministry of Health and Child Care and National AIDS Council to provide evidence for their HIV prevention strategy - most recently as part of a consortium funded by UNITAID to Stimulate and Shape the Market in HIV self-testing in Africa. She has been on a number of WHO expert panels and is co-PI on a number of research capacity strengthening initiatives focusing on Southern Africa.