Patricia Machawira is a leading education specialist with a demonstrated track record in managing international development programs. She holds a doctorate in Education Policy from the University of Pretoria, South Africa and an MSc degree in Education and Training Systems Design from the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Patricia has extensive experience working on education sector responses to HIV and AIDS through her work with international organizations including DFID, UNICEF, and University of Pretoria’s Centre for the Study of AIDS, TSF and UNESCO. She has extensive experience supporting the strengthening and national scale-up of education sector responses to HIV and other health issues. Patricia has a proven track record and experience of working in the education, health and HIV sectors with excellent knowledge and experience of policy and program development and resource mobilization in East and Southern Africa.She has expertise in training and capacity building, instructional design, advocacy, behavior change communication, program design and implementation, and management. In recent years her work has focused on supporting the scale up of comprehensive sexuality education in the ESA region with a particular focus on issues of policy and mainstreaming CSE, monitoring and evaluation, curriculum development, teacher training and community engagement in the provision of CSE. She currently works as UNESCO’s Regional AIDS Advisor for Eastern and Southern Africa Region where she has been the lead person on the ESA Ministerial Commitment Process which seeks to secure political commitment to scaling up sexual and reproductive health education and services for young people in Eastern and Southern Africa.