Coalition Governance

Members of the Leadership Team

Espinal, Marcos A.

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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Gupta, Anuradha

Anuradha Gupta, MBA, is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Since joining Gavi in 2015, Anuradha has led efforts to put equity and gender at the

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Ijaz, Kashef

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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Jafari, Hamid

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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Martin, Rebecca

Rebecca Martin, PhD, is the Director of the Center for Global Health (CGH) at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr Martin has worked both domestically and

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Nasr, Sussann

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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O’Brien, Kate

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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Pearson, Luwei

Dr. Luwei Pearson is the acting Associate Director and Chief of Health Programme, UNICEF NYHQ. In this role, she provides strategic leadership, management support and overall direction to UNICEF’s global

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Rebollo Polo, Maria

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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Shuaib, Faisal

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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Wolff, Chris

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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Members of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee

Callahan, Kelly

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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Chauvin, Claire

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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Doledec, David

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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Goodson, James

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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Guirguis, Sherine

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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Gyapong, Margaret

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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Kebede, Fikreab

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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Lavery, Jim

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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Matendechero, Sultani

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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McFarland, Deborah

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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Nicholls, Santiago

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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Noland, Gregory

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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Ocampo Cañas, Jovana Alexandra

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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Ogundahunsi, Olumide A.T.

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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Rakotonirina, Njara

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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Reithinger, Richard

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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Shukla, Hemnant

Dr Hemnant 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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Campaign Integration Working Group

Ali, Zainab

Zainab Ali is an experienced Public Health professional with over eleven years’ continuous working experience spanning across a broad range of leadership, program management, capacity building, proposal writing, supply chain,

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Chang, Stacey

Stacey Chang, MS is the Executive Director of the Design Institute for Health, a collaboration between the Dell Medical School and the College of Fine Arts at the University of

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Cox, Horace

Horace Cox, MD is currently the Director of Vector Borne Diseases at the Ministry of Public Health in Guyana, a position occupied since 2015. Previously, Dr. Cox worked as the

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Hasman, Andreas

Andreas Hasman, D.Phil is currently a Nutrition Specialist at UNICEF in New York, United States, a position he has occupied since 2019. Previously, Dr. Hasman worked as a Health Specialist

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Kamara, Anitta

Anitta Kamara, MPH, SCM, SRN is currently a Malaria Case Management and Research Lead at the National Malaria Control Programme, Ministry of Health and Sanitation in Sierra Leone. Previously, Ms.

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Khera, Ajay

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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Krentel, Alison

Alison Krentel, MSc, PhD is currently a Scientist & Assistant Professor at the Bruyere Research Institute, School of Epidemiology and Public Health in Ottawa, Canada, a position occupied since 2016.

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Lin, Htar Htar

Htar Htar Lin, MBBS, MPH is currently the Director/Programme Manager for the Expanded Programme on Immunization at the Ministry of Health and Sports in Myanmar, a position occupied since March,

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Lochlainn, Laura Nic

Laura Nic Lochlainn, PhD, MSc is currently a Technical Officer for Life Course and Integration for the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, a position occupied since 2019. Previously, Dr.

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Muhire, Gladys

Gladys Muhire, MPH, MBA is currently a Regional Technical Advisor, Supply Chain Management at Catholic Relief Services in Conakry, Guinea, a position occupied since 2018. Previously, Ms. Muhire worked as

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Mulroy, Julia

Julia Mulroy, MPH is a Senior Consultant at Sassenach, a Seattle-based social purpose corporation (SPC) providing research and analytics, content creation, information design and project management to a variety of

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Oteri, Avuwa Joseph

Avuwa Joseph Oteri, MBBS, DA, MPH is currently the Director of the South-South Zonal Office at the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) in Nigeria, a position he has

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Perry, Robert

Robert Perry, MD, MPH, FAAP is currently a Physician on the Measles Elimination Team at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Global Immunization Division, in Atlanta, Georgia, a position

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Rana, Pooja Pandey

Pooja Pandey Rana, MScPH is the Chief of Party of the USAID funded Suaahara project implemented by Helen Keller International in Nepal. Previously, Pooja worked as the Deputy Chief of

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Saboya, Martha

Martha Saboya, MSc, DrPH is currently a Neglected Infectious Diseases (NID) Epidemiology Advisor at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Washington DC, a position occupied since 2017.  Previously, Dr.

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Silva, Sara Sá

Sara Sá Silva, PhD, MScPH is currently a Senior Programme Manager, Measles and Rubella Vaccine at the GAVI Secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland, a position occupied since 2016. Previously, Dr. Silva

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Togbey, Kwamy

Kwamy Togbey, MD, MPH, MBA is currently an NTD Program Coordinator at the Ministry of Health in Lome, Togo, a position he has occupied since 2019. Previously, Dr. Togbey was

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