Dr Venables is an anthropologist and researcher with expertise in public health. She has over 15 years of research experience on a range of issues including HIV prevention and treatment; migration and torture; MSM and transgender communities; heath-systems; stigma, conflict and mental health. She has conducted research in over 15 countries and is particularly familiar with sub-Saharan Africa. She has published more than 30 academic papers on subjects including HIV, Ebola, access to health services and malaria.
Dr Venables holds a PhD and MSc in African Studies from the University of Edinburgh, an MSC Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London and an MA (Cantab) in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge.
She has worked for international NGOs and academic institutions, including Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders and has also held senior academic and consultant research positions.