Thais Bessa, PhD, is Tetra Tech’s gender advisor for the USAID-funded program Integrated ILRG program. She coordinates and provides technical guidance to activities on women’s land rights, women’s empowerment, and gender-based violence in Ghana, India, Malawi, Mozambique, and Zambia. Thais is an international development and gender professional with more than 15 years of experience in strategic planning, program design and management, research, and business development at different United Nations agencies, international Non-Government Organizations, and higher education institutions.