Coalition Governance

The Health Campaign Effectiveness Coalition has two governance teams: the Leadership Team, and the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC). These teams lead the Coalition in accordance with its charter. View the charter here. 

Members of the Leadership Team

Chris Wolff

Chris Wolff is the Deputy Director of Health Funds and Partnerships within Global Delivery Programs.   Chris leads the team focused on strengthening country partnerships, including the RI Strengthening in Polio

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Faisal Shuaib

Dr. Faisal Shuaib, MBBS, MPH, DrPH, is the Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of Nigeria’s National Primary  Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA). He holds a medical degree from the famous  Ahmadu

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Hamid Jafari

Dr. Hamid Jafari is the Director of Polio Eradication at the World Health Organization, Eastern Mediterranean Region.  He leads polio eradication efforts, in close collaboration with other partners in the

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Jalaa’ Abdelwahab, MPH

Jalaa’ has a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from University of Michigan School of Public Health (Ann Arbor). Jalaa’ joined GAVI in February 2022 as the Director of Vaccine

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Kashef Ijaz

Kashef Ijaz, MD, MPH, is Vice President for Health Programs for the Carter Center. Dr. Kashef Ijaz became vice president for health programs at The Carter Center on Oct. 1,

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Kate O’Brien

Kate O’Brien, MD, MPH, is Director of the Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals Department at the World Health Organization. In this role she is responsible for leading the overall work and

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Kevin Cain

Kevin Cain, MD, is Acting Director of the Center for Preparedness and Response (CPR) at the CDC, as well as Principal Deputy Director at the Center for Global Health. In

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Marcos A. Espinal

Dr. Marcos A. Espinal is currently the Director of the Department of Communicable Diseases and Environmental  Determinants of Health at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). Dr Espinal, a national

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Maria Rebollo Polo

Dr. Maria Rebollo Polo, MD, MPH, PhD, is the Team Leader of Expanded Special Project for Elimination of Neglected Tropical Diseases (ESPEN) at the WHO Regional Office for Africa. She is

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Sussann Nasr

Dr. Sussann Nasr is a Senior Malaria Advisor at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, providing support to country malaria programs and strategic direction to maximize Global

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Members of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee

Ajay Khera, MD

Ajay Khera, MD is currently a Country Representative at EngenderHealth in New Delhi, India, a position he has occupied since 2020. Previously, Dr. Khera was a Maternal and Child Health

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Asma Swaleh Ali

Dr. Asma Swaleh Ali is a Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Previously, she served as a Medical Officer at the World Health Organization, a member

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Claire Chauvin

Claire Chauvin has worked as a consultant for the World Health Organization and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) for nearly 18 years, primarily focusing on the response to emergencies

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David Doledec

David Doledec is  HKI’s Regional Manager for Vitamin A Supplementation.  Prior to joining HKI, he served as Senior Advisor for CMAM with the USAID funded FANTA project, and had previously

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Deborah McFarland

Dr. Deborah McFarland, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Dr. McFarland has been involved in

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Fikreab Kebede

Dr Fikreab Kebede (MD, MPH) is a Senior Technical Advisor for trachoma and neglected tropical diseases at the Ministry of Health-Ethiopia. Kebede has over 30 years of experience in public

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Gregory Noland

Gregory Noland is the Program Director for River Blindness, Lymphatic Filariasis, Schistosomiasis, and Malaria at the Carter Center.  In 2020, Gregory Noland was named director of the Carter Center’s River

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Hemant Shukla

Dr Hemant Shukla is the Team Leader of the Country Support team for polio at the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office of the World Health Organization.  Dr Shukla led polio eradication

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James Goodson

James Goodson is an Epidemiologist and Senior Measles Scientist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  He has extensive experience in global health spans more than twenty

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Jim Lavery

Jim Lavery is the inaugural Hilton Chair in Global Health Ethics, Professor in the Hubert Department of Global Health in the Rollins School of Public Health, and Faculty of the

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Jovana Alexandra Ocampo Cañas

Jovana Alexandra Ocampo Cañas is a professor at the Universidad de Los Andes where she works with communities to establish horizontal dialogues, and build with them the best alternatives, empowering

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Kelly Callahan

Kelly Callahan is the Director of the Trachoma Control Program at The Carter Center Health Programs. Callahan served as a Water and Sanitation volunteer in Cote d’Ivoire from 1996-1998. During

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Margaret Gyapong

Professor Margaret Gyapong is an Applied Medical Anthropologist with a keen interest in research impact and has been a leader in this area bringing research results to the doorstep of

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Njara Rakotonirina

Njara Rakotonirina is currently the Project Director of Global Fund Programs with Catholic Relief Services in the Republic of Congo. Njara has a solid experience in designing and implementing large

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Olumide A.T. Ogundahunsi

Olumide A.T. Ogundahunsi is a Professor and Director of Research, Innovation and Development at the University of Medical Sciences, Ondo City, Nigeria.  Ogundahunsi’s career spans more than 3 decades in

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Richard Reithinger

Dr. Richard Reithinger is the Vice President of Global Health for RTI International.  Reithinger is an infectious disease epidemiologist with 20 years’ working experience in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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Santiago Nicholls

Santiago Nicholls is the Regional Advisor of Neglected Infectious Diseases for the Pan American Health Organization. from the National University of Colombia School of Medicine.  Nicholls has been in his

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Sherine Guirguis

Sherine Guirguis is Common Thread’s Director and lead strategist. Guirguis looks for the people behind the data. She’s been creating powerful narratives with data for 20 years, from leading large-scale

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Sultani Matendechero

Dr. Sultani Matendechero is a consultant clinical pharmacist and Head of the Division of Vector Borne and Neglected Tropical Diseases at the Ministry of Health in Kenya. He is the

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