Milena is a Gender Specialist with Criterion Institute where she works with investors, founders and businesses to increase investment and innovation in opportunities that improve gender equality outcomes. With a background in feminist research and menstrual health, her passion lies in bridging the gap between the public and private sector to address social problems.
Having started her career in international development she has field experience in Cambodia, India, Mongolia, Malawi, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Tanzania with expertise in menstrual health, SRHR, gender-lens investing, and WEE. Previously she worked for UNAIDS Cambodia and Mongolia, the International AIDS Society, and Simavi managing and implementing community-based SRHR programmes, and advocacy initiatives. As Co-Founder and Chief Research and Innovation Officer of the Menstrual Health Hub, former Co-Founder of Amble and Female Health Advisor for Pexxi, Milena has a particular interest in women-centered solutions and businesses. She has a BA in International Politics and History from Monash University (Aus), Masters in International Development from RMIT (Aus), and an MPhil in Multidisciplinary Gender Studies from the University of Cambridge (UK).