The Wassu Foundation

The team

Different faces, the same dream.

Adriana Kaplan

PhD. in Medical Anthropology
Chair of Knowledge Transfer.
Executive Director 

Adriana Kaplan is an anthropologist, Director of the Wassu-UAB Foundation and the Chair of Knowledge Transfer, Professor of the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and principal investigator of the Interdisciplinary Group for the Prevention and Study of Traditional Harmful Practices (IGPS/HTP) of the UAB.

Her research career began in 1987 when she started a new line of research at the UAB, focused on the study of migrations from sub-Saharan Africa to Spain and the anthropological analysis of acculturation and social integration processes in the field of sexual and reproductive health. Gradually, she focuses on the study and prevention of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) from a gender, longitudinal, circular and transnational perspective. She founded the Transnational Observatory for Research Applied to New Strategies for the Prevention of FGM, hosted by the Wassu UAB Foundation, with two bases, in Spain and The Gambia.

Neus AliagaAnthropologist Master's Degree in Secondary School Teacher Training.

Project Coordinator.


Beatriz Escaño

Master in Anthropology: Advanced Research and Social Intervention.
Research support

Neus AliagaDegree in Economics and Business Sciences
Master in Tax Consulting
Finance coordinator

Júlia Perarnau

Interuniversity Master's Degree in Medical Anthropology and Global Health.