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Dr. Chris Elias, President, Global Development Program, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Dr. Chris Elias, President of the Global Development Program, leads the foundation’s efforts to accelerate the delivery of proven healthcare products and solutions to those who need them most – especially women and children. Focusing on appropriate and sustainable strategies with the potential to improve the health of hundreds of millions of people in underserved communities, the Global Development’s program is focused on five program areas: Family Planning; Maternal, Newborn, & Child Health; Nutrition; Polio; and Vaccine Delivery. Dr. Elias most recently served as the president and CEO of PATH, an international, nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health of people around the world through the developing innovative health technologies, strengthening healthcare systems, and encouraging healthy behaviors. He serves on various advisory boards, including the Creigton University Board of Trustees, the Advisory Committee to the Director, CDC, and the University of Washington Global Health External Advisory Board. He also represents the Gates Foundation as the chair of the Polio Oversight Board of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, the chair of the Investors Group of the Global Financing Facility, and co-chair of the FP2020 Reference Group. Dr. Elias holds an MD from Creighton University, having completed postgraduate training in internal medicine at the University of California San Francisco, and an MPH from the University of Washington. He was a fellow in the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Creighton University.

Karen Goraleski, Executive Director, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and Board Member, Global Health Council

Karen Goraleski is Executive Director of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, a worldwide organization of scientists, clinicians and program professionals, whose mission is to promote global health through the prevention and control of infectious and other diseases that disproportionately impact the world’s poorest individuals. Ms. Goraleski oversees all aspects of the Society’s efforts, which include: the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene; the CTropMed® Certificate of Knowledge in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers’ Health; the Annual Meeting, which attracts a global audience and is widely considered the premier meeting in tropical medicine; and a portfolio of activities that includes awards and research opportunities, policy development, advocacy and membership. An experienced presenter, knowledgeable in the translation of complex issues for decision makers, media and public, Ms. Goraleski has led national and local workshops for the science community that focus on innovative advocacy using strategies designed to help a non­science audience better understand the value and importance of a strong U.S. investment in research. Earlier positions included executive roles at the American Medical Association and the American Hospital Association, both in Chicago. As Chief of Staff to the AMA’s Senior Vice President for Professional Standards, Ms. Goraleski integrated activities of 125 staff and a $12.5 million budget. As Associate Director of the American Society for Health Care Marketing and Public Relations at the AHA, she planned, managed and evaluated professional educational programs and directed its national professional award program. Ms. Goraleski received a Master of Social Work from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts from St. Xavier University in Chicago.

Loyce Pace, President and Executive Director, Global Health Council

Loyce Pace, a leader who has worked on the ground in more than 10 countries delivering health programs and mobilizing advocates, became Global Health Council’s (GHC) President and Executive Director in December 2016. Loyce came to the role having held leadership positions in global policy and strategic partnerships at LIVESTRONG Foundation and the American Cancer Society. While Director of Regional Programs for the American Cancer Society’s Department of Global Health, she was responsible for developing their first capacity-building and advocacy initiatives in Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Additionally, she has worked with Physicians for Human Rights and also served as an International Development Fellow for Catholic Relief Services, implementing community outreach projects throughout Senegal and The Gambia. Over the course of her career, Loyce championed policies for access to essential medicines, testified for congressional global health appropriations, and launched the Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Roundtable under GHC, which convenes organizations representing multiple issues and sectors around shared advocacy goals. She has been recognized by the Union for International Cancer Control as a Young Leader at their World Cancer Summit as well as been an invited speaker at high-level forums hosted by the World Health Organization, Institute of Medicine and other policymaking agencies. As a supporter and partner of GHC for more than 10 years and most recently as a board member since 2012, Loyce contributed substantially to the re-envisioning of the organization. Loyce holds a Bachelor’s degree with Honors in Human Biology from Stanford University and a Master’s degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she was inducted into the Delta Omega Society. She is a member of Phillips Academy (Andover) Alumni Council.

Dennis Cherian, Senior Director of Health, World Vision

Dennis Cherian is the Senior Director of Health for World Vision, with over 25 years’ of leadership and technical experience in health and development programs in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. In 1990 Dennis started his career as a Physician working for the Church of South India Mission fields in rural India. In 1997, he joined World Vision India managing USAID funded health programs. In the United States he briefly worked for the New York State Department of Health and Plan International before joining WVUS in 2004. Dennis has presented and published technical papers at numerous global technical conferences. Dennis is passionate about identifying and developing innovations for transformational change and in that regard has pioneered work in a few areas focused on technology solutions, community health systems, social exclusion and behavior change. Dennis is a Board of Director on the CORE Group and Christian Connections of International Health. He is also a member of the Steering Committee on the mPowering Frontline Health Workers and on the Advisory Board of the Global Digital Health Network. He is trained as physician in Alternative systems of medicine (Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala), with Master’s degrees in Health Administration (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai) and Psychological Counseling ( Institute of Behavioral Sciences, Andhra Pradesh).

Amanda Glassman, Chief Operating Officer, Senior Fellow, and Board Secretary, Center for Global Development

Amanda Glassman is chief operating officer and senior fellow at the Center for Global Development and also serves as secretary of the board. Her research focuses on priority-setting, resource allocation and value for money in global health, as well as data for development. Prior to her current position, she served as director for global health policy at the Center from 2010 to 2016, and has more than 25 years of experience working on health and social protection policy and programs in Latin America and elsewhere in the developing world. Prior to joining CGD, Amanda was principal technical lead for health at the Inter-American Development Bank, where she led policy dialogue with member countries, designed the results-based grant program Salud Mesoamerica 2015 and served as team leader for conditional cash transfer programs such as Mexico’s Oportunidades and Colombia’s Familias en Accion. From 2005-2007, Glassman was deputy director of the Global Health Financing Initiative at Brookings and carried out policy research on aid effectiveness and domestic financing issues in the health sector in low-income countries. Before joining the Brookings Institution, Amanda designed, supervised and evaluated health and social protection loans at the Inter-American Development Bank and worked as a Population Reference Bureau Fellow at the US Agency for International Development. She holds a MSc from the Harvard School of Public Health and a BA from Brown University, has published on a wide range of health and social protection finance and policy topics.

Lisa Hilmi, Executive Director, CORE Group

Lisa Hilmi has an extensive career in global health and nursing, employing both human rights and community-based participatory approaches to addressing health disparities for women, children and communities. Lisa has worked at multiple levels of global health from policy, research, implementation, emergency relief, health systems strengthening from local to global levels. As a nurse, she adds a clinical lens from technical expertise in hospital, community, refugee, academic and crisis settings. With a strong commitment to partnership and collaboration, she has worked with many CORE Group members in over 15 countries. Lisa is Registered Nurse, an alumna of University of Pennsylvania, Columbia University and Villanova University, and is completing her PhD in adolescent urban health.

Jami Taylor, Senior Director, Global Public Health Systems Policy & Partnerships, Johnson & Johnson

Jami Taylor is Senior Director, Global Public Health Systems Policy and Partnerships at Johnson & Johnson (J&J). In this role she serves as the formal J&J representative at key forums with international reach, including: the Chairman’s Circle at the Center for Global Development; the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS; the Private Sector Delegation to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria; and the Global Health Advisory & Service Council at Harvard Medical School. Jami’s responsibilities include the establishment of novel collaborations with governments, multilaterals, and civil society around shared priorities in global public health. Among other successes, Jami forged the landmark partnership between J&J and PEPFAR to reduce HIV incidence among young women and adolescent girls in Africa. The partnership included the launch of an $85 million Innovation Challenge Fund, hosted by J&J. A recognized expert in innovative financing for global health and development, in 2015 Jami secured a signature Blended Finance collaboration for J&J with Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, & Development. In 2016, Jami co-founded Financing & Innovation in Global Health, a platform connecting hundreds of stakeholders across sectors toward more efficient combining and deployment of resources in the global health field. In 2014, Jami was named a Cross-Sector Leadership Fellow at the Presidio Institute. Prior to joining J&J, Jami spent more than 10 years in alliance development, policy communications and grassroots mobilization. Her experience includes work with the White House Office of Public Liaison, members of the U.S. Congress, and the U.S. Departments of Treasury, Commerce, and Health & Human Services. Jami is a published author and editor and an alumna of the University of Virginia, Cornell University, and Harvard University.

Tiaji Salaam-Blyther, Specialist in Global Health, Congressional Research Service 

Tiaji Salaam-Blyther has served as the Global Health Specialist at the Congressional Research Service since 2002. In that capacity, Ms. Salaam-Blyther has facilitated the development of legislation on several health and development topics, including health system strengthening Zika, Ebola, HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, violence against women, slums, orphans and vulnerable children, and food security. Tiaji has also led international labor projects in Nigeria, Tanzania, and South Africa as the Project Manager for Africa at the U.S. Department of Labor. Ms. Salaam-Blyther has worked in Geneva as a fellow at two U.N. agencies: the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Tiaji also gained expertise in resettling refugees while acting as a fellow at the Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC) in Arlington, Virginia. In 2013, Tiaji earned a Masters in Health Administration and Policy from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) and received a Masters in International Affairs with a concentration in African Studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in 2000. Ms. Salaam-Blyther attained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Clark Atlanta University in 1997. 

Conversation with Dr. Bill Steiger, Chief of Staff, U.S. Agency for International Development

Dr. Bill Steiger serves as Chief of Staff at the U.S. Agency for International Development. From 2013 to 2017, Dr. Steiger was successively Managing Director and Chief Program Officer at Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, the leading international initiative against breast and cervical cancer in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. During 2012, Dr. Steiger was a Senior Advisor to the General Manager of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Among other tasks, he helped restructure the Fund’s Secretariat and design the organization’s new funding and grant-making model. In 2011, Dr. Steiger served as the staff director for the High-Level, Independent Panel that reviewed the Global Fund’s fiduciary controls, grant-making, risk management and administration. The Panel’s report was the impetus for a wide-ranging reforms at the institution. Dr. Steiger also worked as a Senior Advisor for International Affairs at consulting firm Leavitt Partners, working on food-safety and global health projects. From 2001 to 2009, he was Special Assistant to the Secretary for International Affairs and the Director of the Office of Global Health Affairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). During his eight years as Director of the HHS Office of Global Health Affairs, Dr. Steiger advised the Secretary and Deputy Secretary on global health, international family and social-affairs issues; coordinated overseas programs and spending; developed relationships with foreign governments and U.S. embassies and missions; and managed international travel and staffing. Dr. Steiger represented HHS at various multilateral organizations on behalf of the U.S. Government. Dr. Steiger has served as the U.S. Member of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization, President of the Executive Committee of the Pan-American Health Organization, and U.S. Member and Alternate Member on the Board of Directors of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. He acted as the HHS Secretary’s liaison to the National Security Council, the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. He also served as the Department’s representative to the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator in the implementation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and to the Steering Committee that manages the President’s International Malaria Initiative. Dr. Steiger earned a Ph.D. in Latin American History at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a bachelor’s degree in History, summa cum laude, from Yale.

Paurvi Bhatt, Managing Director, Global Health & Community Well-being, Medtronic Foundation, and Board Member, Global Health Council

Paurvi Bhatt is Managing Director, Global Health and Community Well-being, at Medtronic Foundation where she leads strategic partnerships in health and well-being that are positioned to scale and sustain improved health outcomes for the underserved around the world. A seasoned global health and development leader, Paurvi is known for delivering innovative and successful cross-disciplinary solutions to challenging issues of scale and sustainability. Her focus includes strategic philanthropy and investment; corporate social responsibility; health benefit reimbursement, and partnership design particularly in emerging markets and resource poor settings. She has shaped best practice health and social responsibility portfolios in several companies including Levi Strauss and Co. and Abbott, as well as, with the government and nonprofit sector, at USAID, US GAO, and CARE. Her technical training is in health systems and economics – with specific focus on HIV/AIDS, women’s health and measurement. Paurvi is known as for her commitment to building the next generation of women leaders in global health.  She serves on several advisory groups focusing on human resources, and global health including advising Last Mile Health and Women Leaders in Global Health. She holds Board leadership roles serving as Treasurer for Global Health Council (GHC), and Board Chair for GlobeMed. She holds a Masters of Public Health in health systems and economics from Yale University and Bachelor Degree in neuroscience from Northwestern University.

Raj Kumar, Founding President and Editor-in-Chief, Devex

Raj Kumar is the founding President & Editor-in-Chief of Devex, the media platform for the global development community.  A social enterprise dedicated to ensuring global development efforts do more good for more people, Devex was born in 2000 when Raj was a graduate student at the Harvard Kennedy School.  Today, there are 100+ Devexers around the world serving a global audience of more than one million aid workers and development professionals.  Beginning as a kid in Kerala, India, Raj has witnessed firsthand determined and courageous development work in over 50 countries – it’s what drives the Devex mission to “Do Good. Do It Well.”  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a media leader and former humanitarian council chair for the World Economic Forum, and has interviewed on-camera and on-stage hundreds of global luminaries on the most important challenges of our time.

Anand Parekh, Chief Medical Officer, Bipartisan Policy Center

Anand Parekh is Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) chief medical advisor providing clinical and public health expertise across the organization, particularly in the areas of aging, prevention, and global health. Prior to joining BPC, he completed a decade of service at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). As deputy assistant secretary for health from 2008 to 2015, he developed and implemented national initiatives focused on prevention, wellness, and care management. Briefly in 2007, he was delegated the authorities of the assistant secretary for health overseeing ten health program offices and the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. Earlier in his HHS career, he played key roles in public health emergency preparedness efforts as special assistant to the science advisor to the secretary. Anand is a board-certified internal medicine physician, a fellow of the American College of Physicians, and an adjunct assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University, where he previously completed his residency training in the Osler Medical Program of the Department of Medicine. He provided volunteer clinical services for many years at the Holy Cross Hospital Health Center, a clinic for the uninsured in Silver Spring, MD. Anand is also an adjunct professor of health management and policy at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. He currently serves on the dean’s advisory board of the University of Michigan School of Public Health, the Presidential Scholars Foundation board of directors, and the board of directors of WaterAid America.

Michele Sumilas, Managing Director, Bread for the World, and Board Member, Global Health Council

Michele Sumilas manages the daily operations of Bread for the World and Bread for the World Institute and assists the president in directing their overall strategies. She has extensive, successful experience as a manager. Before joining Bread, she worked at the US Agency for International Development (USAID), including as chief of staff. While at USAID, Michele played a key role in the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis. USAID is a 10,000-person government agency with 13 bureaus in Washington, D.C., and 75 missions around the world. Michele previously served on the House of Representatives’ appropriations subcommittee on state and foreign operations, where she oversaw the U.S. government’s development policy and budget. Prior to serving in government, Sumilas worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she led a global health advocacy portfolio. She also served as the director of government relations for the Global Health Council.

John Townsend, Director, Country Strategy, and Acting Senegal Country Director, Population Council

John Townsend, PhD, is Director of Country Strategy at the Population Council. In this role, he provides leadership and support across the Population Council’s country offices with the aim to maximize the Council’s positive impact and ensure the organization’s knowledge is effectively influencing national policy and programs. Townsend joined the Council in 1984. He served as director of the Frontiers in Reproductive Health program; director of operations research programs in Asia and the Near East (1993–1998) in New Delhi; regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean in Mexico (1990–1993); director of operations research in Latin America and the Caribbean (1985–1990); country director for the Council’s Colombia office (1984); and was Vice President and Director of the Reproductive Health program from 2006 to 2017. Before joining the Council, Townsend served for eight years as a social scientist with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Institute of Nutrition for Central America and Panama. Townsend is chair of the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition, past chair of the International Medical Advisory Panel (IMAP) of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), a member of the advisory board for Merck for Mothers, Chair of the Institutional Review Board of the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), and Civil Society Representative (2017–2018) to the Global Financing Facility and the Investors Group, hosted by the World Bank. Townsend was a long-term member of the Interagency Gender Working Group (IGWG) in Washington, DC, and a member of the Rights & Empowerment working group of the FP2020 Initiative.

Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda, former President of Malawi and Founder of the Joyce Banda Foundation

Her Excellency Joyce Banda served as the President of the Republic of Malawi from 2012-2014. She was Malawi’s first female president and Africa’s second. Prior to assuming office, President Banda served as a Member of Parliament, Minister of Gender and Child Welfare, Foreign Minister, and Vice President of the Republic of Malawi. While serving as Minister of Gender and Child Welfare, she championed the enactment of The Prevention of Domestic Violence Bill (2006), which provided the legal framework to support the prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls. President Banda is credited for turning around an ailing economy, instituting a number of economic reforms which led to significant economic expansion. In the areas of democracy, good governance, and rule of law, President Banda repealed a number of draconian laws which weakened essential democratic institutions, infringed upon civil liberties, and restricted the freedom of the press. President Banda was named one of the world’s most powerful black women by Forbes in 2013 and 2014, and one of the most 100 influential people in the world by both TIME and Forbes. In 2014, CNN named her one of the most inspirational woman in politics. Her unwavering commitment to the promotion of women’s maternal health and reproductive rights led her to establish the Presidential Initiative on Maternal Health and Safe Motherhood, which spearheaded the fight against high maternal mortality rates and the promotion of safe motherhood in Malawi. During her presidency, Malawi registered considerable success in the areas of maternal and child health, reducing the maternal mortality ratio from 675 deaths per 100,000 live births to 460. In 1997, President Banda founded the Joyce Banda Foundation International, which seeks to transform villages in Malawi through their work in supporting women’s economic empowerment, education, maternal health and HIV/AIDS programs, leadership training, and support for human rights. In addition to this, she also serves on the Board of Nutrition International in Canada, Board Member of the Tana High Level Forum for Peace and Security in Africa. She has recently been appointed Member of Counsel of Former and Serving Female Heads of State along with Prime Minister Theresa May. She is also currently a Distinguished Fellow with the Woodrow Wilson Center and Center for Global Development. President Banda regularly serves as a panelist and motivational speaker at international conferences and fora, and has spoken at the International Conference on Women in Beijing, Harvard Medical School and the Kennedy School of Politics, the London School of Economics and Political Science, the New African Woman Forum, and the Women Deliver Conference, and George Washington University among others.

Nasserie Carew, Director, Global Communications & Office of Public Affairs, Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) & Board Member, Global Health Council

Nasserie Carew is currently Director of Global Communications & Office of Public Affairs at the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). In this role, she is responsible for the agency’s worldwide communications strategy and execution, including media relations, employee communications, and thought-leadership communications. BBG is a U.S. federal agency that oversees the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Radio Free Asia, and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting. Nasserie joined the BBG from the U.S. Department of State, where she served as Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs and led communications in the State Department’s Ebola Coordination Unit (ECU). Prior to that she served as the Managing Director of Public Affairs at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, where she managed a broad range of communications functions, working with leadership in the White House and across government agencies. A veteran of issues management, Nasserie has led international and national strategic communications for over 20 years. Nasserie is a member of the Global Health Council’s board of directors and has served on numerous advisory committees including the advisory body of the World Congress on Communication for Development. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Iowa and a Master’s degree from Howard University.

What’s In It For Everyone?
Morning Session Facilitators

Claudia Morrissey Conlon began her career as a community organizer in poor communities in the US while serving as a VISTA Volunteer.  She then spent a year mobilizing residents in a large peri-urban slum outside of Mexico City around public health issues. These experiences led to her lifelong interest in community-based primary healthcare. Dr. Conlon received her MD degree from the Chicago Medical School and completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa. She is a board-certified Internist and practiced primary care medicine in disadvantaged communities in the US for over a decade before earning an MPH in health policy from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and focusing her career on global health challenges. In the mid-nineties, Dr. Conlon joined USAID as the Senior Technical Advisor for the MotherCare project, the USG’s flagship maternal health program. She returned to USAID in December 2012 as a Senior Maternal Newborn Health Advisor and USG Lead for the Saving Mothers, Giving Life (SMGL) public private partnership, established by Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton in June 2012. Immediately prior to rejoining USAID, Dr. Conlon was a Senior Director at Save the Children, US, heading up the technical unit for the Gates-funded Saving Newborn Lives project.

Dr. Roopa Dhatt is a physician by training and an advocate by principle, striving for greater health and well-being for all people through working in global health. She is the Executive Director and co-founder of Women in Global Health (#womeningh), a movement that strives to bring greater gender equality to global health leadership.  She also serves as the Initiative Director for the Women Leaders in Global Health Initiative (WLGHI), hosted by Global Health Council, as the Board Member of GlobeMed, and as the Chair of the Consortium of University for Global Health (CUGH) Working Group on Increasing Women’s Leadership in Academic Global Health. She is an Internist, providing primary care in Washington D.C. at Kaiser Permanente. She completed her training at Case Western Reserve University, Department of Internal Medicine in the International Health Track. Formerly, she was the President of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations, a student led organization, present in over 120+ countries, where she oversaw world-wide campaigns on global health issues including Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Climate Change, Social Determinants of Health, Universal Health Coverage, and Health in All Policies. She is the founder of the Young Voices, Youth: Pre-World Health Assembly (#yWHA) in 2013 with the Global Health Centre, Graduate Institute. She has a B.A. and B.S. from the University of California, Davis; a Master in Public Affairs from Sciences Po, Paris, France; and an M.D. from Temple University School of Medicine.

Dr. Mary-Ann Etiebet is the Executive Director of Merck for Mothers, Merck’s 10-year $500 million initiative to create a world where no woman dies while giving life. Working with over 90 partners in more than 30 countries, Merck for Mothers has improved access to quality maternity care services and modern contraception – two of the most powerful ways to end preventable maternal deaths – for over 6 million women worldwide. As Executive Director of Merck for Mothers, Dr. Etiebet is responsible for successfully implementing a robust set of innovative maternal health programs and high-impact partnerships that integrate the private sector’s invention and expertise to design, deploy and scale solutions that empower women, equip health providers and strengthen health systems. Dr. Etiebet draws on extensive experience in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors for this role. She joins Merck from Premier Inc, where she was a Principal Consultant in the Population Health Management team. Previously, she served as Director of Ambulatory Care Strategies for New York City Health and Hospital. Her work in international health includes serving as the Senior Technical Advisor of the Institute of Human Virology-Nigeria, a PEPFAR implementing partner, while she was Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Disease at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Etiebet earned her MD and MBA from Yale University. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell and fellowship in Infectious Diseases Hospital System at New York-Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center and is Board Certified in Infectious Diseases.

Kirsten Gagnaire is a Managing Director with FSG and leads the firm’s Global Health and Digital Development practice. She is a social entrepreneurship and innovation pioneer with over 20 years of proven experience in global health concept-to-execution program leadership, specifically in cross-sector partnership with global health, digital development, and gender issues. Most recently, Kirsten was the Executive Director of the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA), a public private partnership housed at the UN Foundation, focused on using mobile phones to get vital health information into the hands of women. Prior to this work, Kirsten was the Ghana Country Director for the Grameen Foundation as well as the founder of the Social Enterprise Group. Kirsten has also played important roles at Casey Family Programs and KPMG Peat Marwick. As an experienced champion for the use of technology for social impact and global health, Kirsten brings a depth of understanding of the use of digital tools to advance programmatic effectiveness and connect with the hardest to reach populations.

Not the Usual Suspects
Afternoon Session Facilitators

Roslyn Docktor serves as both the Director for Watson Health Policy worldwide and the Director for the Middle East and Africa, where she leads teams in the region, and worldwide, to advance IBM’s public policy objectives. Earlier at IBM, she defined and managed global advocacy campaigns to promote cloud, big data, privacy, security and interoperability. She has also helped initiate and lead groundbreaking multi-stakeholder collaborations, such as with the Bipartisan Policy Center on health IT, the United Nations Development Program on interoperability, and the Berkman Center at Harvard Law School on open technologies. Prior to IBM, she developed the global government-to-government Y2K coordination network for the White House, under United Nations and World Bank auspices, that helped to squash the millennium bug. She has also worked directly with numerous governments to help identify and implement forward-looking policies and partnerships to promote economic and social growth.

Jennifer Fluder currently serves as a Senior Innovation and Partnership Advisor in the Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact(CII) in USAID’s Global Health Bureau. Jennifer leads USAID’s strategic innovation investments in the Ebola and Zika crises through the Fighting Ebola and Combating Zika & Future Threats Grand Challenges. In Jennifer’s role as the Partnership Lead for CII, she has cultivated dozens of partnerships, the largest of which include Facebook, GlaxoSmithKline, and DuPont. Prior to USAID, Jennifer worked at two national healthcare nonprofits in development and strategy, focusing on program development for patients and donors, as well at Edelman PR in brand experience and corporate social responsibility for private sector companies. She has also pursued several global health fellowships in Kenya, South Africa, and India with Innovations in Healthcare, OperationASHA, Jacaranda Maternal Health, and Ubuntu. Jennifer has an MBA from Duke University.

Carolyn Reynolds, MA, brings more than 25 years of proven success in policy and advocacy for global development to her role as PATH’s Vice President for Policy and Advocacy. She leads a team of more than 40 staff across seven countries to apply PATH’s technical expertise, experience, and evidence to inform and improve policies, strengthen advocacy capacity, and increase resources to improve the health and well-being of people living in low-resource settings across Asia and Africa. In this role, she also serves as the senior executive in PATH’s Washington, DC, office and PATH’s principal representative to the U.S. government and multilateral organizations. Prior to joining PATH in 2016, Carolyn was senior adviser and manager for external and corporate relations at the World Bank Group. In this senior position, she led the Bank’s strategic communications and policy advocacy efforts in global health, education, and human development. In earlier positions, she also shaped and led the expansion of the Bank’s global engagement with civil society organizations (CSOs). Previously, Carolyn was managing director for the U.S. Global Leadership Campaign, where she led the successful Impact ’08 issue advocacy campaign to elevate global health, development and “smart power” as priority issues during the 2008 U.S. presidential election. She also directed advocacy and legislative efforts for InterAction, and she served as legislative aide and acting Africa subcommittee director for the late US Senator Paul Simon (D-IL). She started her career in international development as a volunteer teacher in rural Kenya with WorldTeach and on a USAID-funded project to facilitate partnerships between U.S. and African CSOs. Carolyn holds an MA in economic and political development from Columbia University and a BA from the University of Virginia.

Nancy Wildfeir-Field is President of GBCHealth, where she oversees organizational strategy, operations and leads outreach to governments, multilateral organizations, foundations and companies to advance GBCHealth’s role as a hub of private sector collaboration and collective action for global health.   GBCHealth’s mission remains focused on driving private sector input and investments towards the areas where business can have the greatest impact. Nancy has spent nearly half her career living and working overseas, and brings extensive international experience in global health, cross-sector partnerships, and business in work spanning more than 30 countries at a number of high-profile organizations including USAID, BSR, The Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum (IBLF), and Burson-Marsteller. Having worked internationally across the public, private and nonprofit sectors, she marries a global perspective with local experience, and passionately believes in collaboration, cooperation and communication as the impetus for innovative, scaled and sustainable solutions for business and development challenges.

Changing the Narrative
Morning Session Facilitators

Jerrica Matthis represents the interests of health care clients, including global health, non-profit patient advocacy, and health professional organizations. Over the years, Jerrica has sharpened her public health acumen by focusing on a variety of issues such as women’s health, chronic disease, and health disparities. In 2009, she was selected for the prestigious Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Louis Stokes Urban Health Policy Fellowship and was able to further build expertise in health policy, health equity, and health disparity elimination. During her time on the Hill, she gained experience in policy issues related to improving the health of racial and ethnic minorities, as well as labor and employer issues, while working in the office of Congresswoman Donna Christensen (D-VA) and on the U.S. House Committee on Education and Labor. Following the fellowship, Jerrica continued to submerge herself in health policy by conducting trainings on how to educate state and local policymakers, promoting the role of health education Professionals in Affordable Care Act implementation, and executing advocacy summits to train future public health professionals on advocacy and policy change. Jerrica received a bachelor’s degree in health science at Georgia Southern University and a master’s in health promotion and education at Virginia Tech.

Neal Myrick is director of social impact at Tableau, where he leads the company’s efforts in employee service and giving, community impact, and grant making. Within his role, he leads Tableau Foundation with a mission to encourage the use of facts and analytical reasoning to solve world problems. Prior to Tableau, Neal worked for two pioneering technology companies, Aldus Corp. (acquired by Adobe) and Visio Corp. (acquired by Microsoft), where he ran global IT and facilities.  After a mid-career break working as a barista and living in Central America, Neal became managing director of technology at Casey Family Programs, a national foundation focused on foster care. He left Casey to become executive director of a technology nonprofit and CEO of a related for-profit consulting firm that helped environmental organizations increase their capacity to engage constituents.  Neal joined Tableau as a program director focused on launching customer-facing programs for the company.  He then moved from that role into his current role as social impact director. Neal is an active angel investor and has served as a volunteer, nonprofit board member, and philanthropist.  He is a member of the governing board for Digital Square, a USAID catalyzed center of gravity for digital health development, bringing private sector technology companies, national and international governments, and nongovernmental organizations together in scaling successful digital health innovations around the world.

Jamie Bay Nishi leads the coalition’s policy and advocacy portfolio, as well as manages its engagement with GHTC members and other stakeholders and partners in government, the private sector, and civil society. She brings to the role over 12 years of experience in business development, project management, stakeholder engagement, and strategic partnership building. Prior to joining GHTC, Jamie served as Managing Director of Devex LIVE at Devex, a media platform for the global development community. In this capacity, she oversaw all aspects of Devex LIVE, an initiative she launched in 2015 which produced numerous high-profile events around the world, including the Devex World conference in Washington, DC. Prior to serving in this position, Jamie was Devex’s Senior Director for member services, where she managed a team supporting more than 1,000 organizations and 700,000 development professionals worldwide. Before joining Devex in 2008, Jamie spent nearly three years as a Marketing Associate and then Dedicated Advisor for the Advisory Board Company and interned in the US Department of State’s Office of South Central Europe. Jamie holds a master’s degree in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree in government from the College of William & Mary.


Jenny Ottenhoff is the Policy Director for Global Health, Education, and Gender at the ONE Campaign.  In this role, Jenny shapes ONE’s policy portfolio on a range of issues including HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases; maternal and child health; health systems strengthening; and education.  She also leads policy development for Poverty is Sexist, ONE’s flagship global campaign and metanarrative that focuses on breaking down the barriers that deny women and girls living in extreme poverty a fair shot. Before joining ONE, Jenny was the Deputy Director for Policy and Communications at the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) at the U.S. Department of State where she focused on strategy and programming to improve development data.  Previously, she worked at the Center for Global Development.  Jenny received a Master of Public Health from the George Washington University.

Getting Outside the Beltway
Afternoon Session Facilitators

Lisa Bos is the Director of Government Relations at World Vision. As such, she serves as the point person for World Vision’s advocacy and education efforts with Congress, in addition to working to engage World Vision’s advocates on issues such as foreign assistance funding, maternal and child health and WASH.  Lisa also consults with international colleagues on global health and development initiatives and country advocacy efforts.  Lisa spent nearly 9 years as a legislative staff person in the U.S. House of Representatives, including 3 years as Policy Director for the Republican Study Committee, and was a Vice President at a leading DC government affairs firm.

Elisha Dunn-Georgiou oversees the programmatic work of PAI, ensuring that the organization’s research and advocacy agendas are in alignment with PAI’s mission and strategic plan. Elisha has more than 15 years of experience in the fields of sexual and reproductive health and international development. She holds a master’s degree in epidemiology and a JD from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Elisha is also a returned Peace Corps volunteer, having served in Morocco.

Crickett Nicovich is RESULTS’ Senior Advisor for Global Policy and Government Affairs, leading anti-poverty policy and appropriations work on Capitol Hill. Crickett currently represents RESULTS with the administration, on Capitol Hill, and across multiple D.C. area global health and global policy coalitions. She also co-chairs the government relations working group for the Reach Every Mother and Child Act Coalition. When Crickett started her work at RESULTS in 2007 it was as a grassroots organizer focusing on youth and the faith community. She created the youth organizing program called REAL Change at RESULTS and has led outreach and advocacy efforts in over 25 states for the organization. She is an AmeriCorps alum and a graduate of Millsaps College.

Rachel Bowen Pittman is the Sr. Director of Membership and Programs and manages programs for United Nations Association of the USA’s network of 20,000+ members and its 200 chapters to cultivate membership, youth engagement, advocacy efforts and public awareness. She coordinates UNA-USA national programs, including the Global Engagement Summit, the Leadership Summit and UN Day events, and manages the Adopt-A-Future refugee education fundraising campaign. Rachel works closely with the National Council and Affinity Group leadership to implement the strategic direction of UNA-USA. Prior to joining UNA-USA, Rachel served as a Membership Director to the American Urological Association and several other professional associations that represent lawyers, regulators and engineers. In her many accomplishments, Rachel increased membership programs by over 15% and secured agreements with national associations representing China, Korea, Argentina, India, Peru, Egypt and Mexico. Rachel holds a B.S.B.A in International Business from American University and an MBA in Marketing from Johns Hopkins University.

From Silos to Solidarity
Morning Session Facilitators

Vince Blaser is director of the Frontline Health Workers Coalition, an alliance of United States-based organizations working together to urge greater and more strategic U.S. investment in frontline health workers in the developing world. IntraHealth International is a founding member and houses the secretariat of the coalition.

Asma Lateef has been director of Bread for the World Institute since 2007.  She is responsible for implementing the Institute’s analysis and education on policy issues related to U.S. and global hunger, malnutrition and poverty. Since 2010, she has also been involved in efforts to establish and support the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement. She now serves on the Steering Committee of the SUN Movement’s Civil Society Network. Ms. Lateef has a master’s degree in economics from the University of Maryland, a post-graduate diploma in economics from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree in Geography from McGill University. She has more than 20 years of experience in public policy and extensive experience in developing and implementing policy advocacy strategies. Ms. Lateef was director of Policy and Programs at Citizens for Global Solutions and a senior international policy analyst in the Government Relations Department of Bread for the World. In 2003, she led Bread’s campaign to support the establishment of the Millennium Challenge Corporation.  She also co-chaired a national coalition that worked on its authorization, funding and implementation.  She has also worked for the International Labour Organization and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.


Danielle Zielinski is the Sanitation Policy Project Officer at WaterAid, where she coordinates a country-level WASH advocacy grant covering nine countries, and assists with US advocacy work in Washington, DC. Prior to joining WaterAid, Danielle worked for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as a reproductive health advocacy organization. She is passionate about public health and the ways health connects to equity and empowerment.

Meeting Needs Everywhere
Afternoon Session Facilitators

Jesse Hartness is a public health specialist with over 15 years of experience in healthcare policy, administration, programming and emergency response.  Having joined Save the Children in 2006, Jesse has responded to health and nutrition emergencies in over a dozen countries, including responses to historic floods in Pakistan, civil war in Cote d’Ivoire, drought in Niger, Syrian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon, typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, Ebola in Liberia, Hurricane Matthew in Haiti, and famine in Somalia. As Senior Director of Emergency Health and Nutrition, Jesse leads a 25 member team responsible for delivering emergency health and nutrition assistance across 30+ countries.  Jesse holds a M.P.H. in International Health and Development from Tulane University and a B.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University.

Elizabeth Ivanovich is a Director of Global Health for the United Nations Foundation, supporting global health campaigns including Nothing But Nets. Before joining UN Foundation, Elizabeth worked as a malaria monitoring and evaluation specialist on the USAID-funded MEASURE Evaluation project. She has also previously served as a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador, focusing on rural health and sanitation. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from The George Washington University and a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Alicia Phillips Mandaville is the vice president for Global Development Policy and Learning at InterAction. Previously, Alicia was the Vice President for International and Social Impact work at Amida Technology Services, a data-technology company focused on resolving complex problems in data access, interoperability, analysis, and security.  Before that, she spent nine years in U.S. public service, most recently as the chief strategy officer at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).  Alicia managed both the data-driven tools and qualitative research that the agency relied on to allocate billions of dollars for investments in infrastructure, agriculture, health, and other economic development programs. This specifically included developing research methods to assess and monitor country governance and human rights, economic growth, and development aid effectiveness. In 2009, Alicia was detailed to then Deputy Secretary of State Jacob Lew’s office for the first Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review. She joined the U.S. Government after working at the National Democratic Institute from 1999-2005. Alicia holds a BA in international relations from the College of William and Mary, a masters in international conflict analysis from the University of Kent in Canterbury, and has completed the coursework for a PhD in Economics at American University.

Annie G. Toro, JD, MPH, has worked in the field of policy for more than 20 years. Annie has held senior management level positions at various widely recognized and leading health entities. She currently serves as U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP)’s Director of International Regulatory Policy and Advocacy and lead expert for global health and nutrition advocacy. Prior to joining USP, she was International Medical Corps’ Senior Advisor, leading all global health and nutrition advocacy efforts across the organization’s global programs impacting more than 30 countries, on 4 continents and staff and volunteers of over 8,000. Throughout her career, Annie has worked on a wide range of issues, including maternal and child health; HIV/AIDS; tuberculosis; malaria; mental health and substance abuse; family planning and reproductive health; global health security; water, sanitation and hygiene; nutrition and food security; women’s health and rights; health disparities; occupational health; non-communicable diseases; violence prevention; environmental health; food safety; emergency preparedness and response; workforce development; school health; immigration; housing; poverty; and health and education funding. Annie served as Democratic Staff Director at the U.S. House Financial Services Committee Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, and also as Senior Legislative Counsel to U.S. Representative Luis V. Gutierrez. She has also held positions at the World Health Organization and the Organization of American States, among others. Annie has served in many leadership roles, including her current position as co-chair of the Global Health Security Roundtable.

Lost in Transition
Morning Session Facilitators

Stephanie Cappa is the Deputy Director & Senior Policy Advisor for the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN), leading policy and advocacy to maximize the impact of U.S. foreign aid through increased accountability and local ownership of development. Stephanie is a global development policy professional with over ten years of experience on Capitol Hill, in the private sector, and with nonprofits. Prior to MFAN, she worked as foreign policy, national security, and appropriations advisor to Rep. Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), leading efforts to improve U.S. foreign assistance, including programs for clean water and sanitation. She has also led international development policy for InterAction, the largest coalition of U.S. international relief and development nonprofits, and worked as a strategic and communications consultant at Freedman Consulting, LCC, providing guidance for the enhanced social impact of nonprofit and foundation clients. Stephanie holds an M.P.P. from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. from the College of William and Mary in Virginia, where she majored in both Environmental Science & Policy and Public Policy.

Chris Collins leads Friends’ efforts to educate and engage U.S. decision makers on the lifesaving work of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and its effort to end these three epidemics. Previously, as Chief of the Community Mobilization Division at UNAIDS, Chris helped make the case for investment in civil society as an essential part of the AIDS response. As Vice President and Director of Public Policy at amfAR Chris defended global AIDS funding and worked to advance domestic HIV policy and global key populations programming. Chris also helped drive the creation of the first comprehensive U.S. National HIV/AIDS Strategy; helped develop and managed the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) Missing the Target series of reports on global HIV treatment scale up; and co-founded and served as Executive Director at AVAC: Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention. As appropriations staff to Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in the 1990s, Chris designed the first legislation to provide incentives for development and delivery of vaccines against HIV, TB and malaria. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University.


Danielle Heiberg is the Senior Advocacy Manager at Global Health Council (GHC). In this role, she manages GHC’s domestic and global advocacy strategy and coordinates GHC’s relationship with the global health advocacy community. She oversees GHC’s appropriations and legislative work; manages the publication of “The Global Health Briefing Book” and other advocacy resources; and coordinates the work of several thematic roundtables. Prior to joining GHC, she was a Senior Program Associate at InterAction, where she was responsible for managing thematic working groups on global health, food security and agriculture, and climate and development. Danielle also managed communications and outreach for NGO Aid Map, an initiative to map the work of InterAction members. Previously, she worked in the Public Policy office of Yahoo and in the Congressional and Public Affairs office of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, an independent federal agency. She also worked on Capitol Hill for Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). Danielle holds a BA in International Relations from Mills College.

Heather Teixeira is the ACTION global health advocacy partnership’s Policy and Advocacy Manager, leading their portfolio of work on child health. Heather previously advocated for strong health workforce policies and health systems at IntraHealth International. She taught health education as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania, and maintains a strong connection to Tanzanian communities through serving on the Board of Directors for Friends of Tanzania, a micro-granting non-profit focused on Tanzanian community groups. Heather holds a MPH in Health Systems and Policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and a BA in Classical Studies and the College of Letters from Wesleyan University.

Financing the Future
Afternoon Session Facilitators

Brandolon Barnett is a Senior Director with Global Impact. He supports corporate social responsibility (CSR) clients and leads the revolutionary Growfund no-minimum Donor Advised Fund startup ( Prior to joining Global Impact he managed philanthropic research & internal CSR with FrontStream/TRUiST, was a senior researcher for the Council on Foundations and managed NGO programs in environmental sustainability, cultural heritage and economic development in major U.S. markets and internationally. He has presented on a variety of topics at venues including the ACCP Conference, Blackbaud Conference, Council on Foundations Annual Convening and an international forum on Cultural Heritage Management in Rome. Brandolon currently serves as chair of an advisory committee for international volunteering for Globe Aware, on the measurement committee for Impact 2030, and on the advisory board of several studies into issues including financial obstacles to international grant making, impact investing, and global philanthropic infrastructure. Brandolon holds a Master of Arts in international studies specializing in international economics from the University of London SOAS.

Preeth Gowdar is a Transaction Lead within Enclude’s Capital Advisory Services practice. Preeth leads client engagements across the areas of capital raising, transaction and fund structuring, and strategy development. He works as an advisor with entrepreneurs, fund managers, non-profit organizations and corporations whose focus areas span financial services, healthcare and agribusiness in developing countries. Previously in his career, Preeth was among the earliest employees of Lok Capital, one of India’s first dedicated impact investment funds. Additionally, Preeth worked extensively in management and strategy consulting with Accenture as well as Ernst & Young’s Transaction Advisory Services group. Preeth holds a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Deepti Tanuku is the Senior Advisor for the Scale x Design Accelerator at CARE. In this role, she coaches teams of global development innovators to make the transition from pure grant-based funding to newer, more sustainable business models. Prior to CARE, she was the Director of Accelovate, a USAID funded global award under the Technologies for Health (T4H) grant that was dedicated to increasing the availability and use of life-saving innovations in low-resource settings, particularly across Sub-Saharan Africa. Other roles included working as a management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton, scaling HIV prevention services across India with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, promoting neonatal mortality reduction in tribal South Indian populations with the Naandi Foundation, and researching the equity of childhood immunization rates in 40 Sub-Saharan African countries at the World Bank. She has also been an advisor for the UN Commission on Lifesaving Commodities for Women and Children, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Technology Partners Network, and the INGO Impact Investing Working Group.

Stephanie Marienau Turpin is the Associate Director of Partnerships at FHI360. Her work centers on innovative resourcing models within the non-profit sector and cross-sectoral partnerships within the social enterprise and impact investing movements. Stephanie is a co-founder of the INGOs in Impact Investing Network, which has a membership of forty-five international non-profits engaged in impact investing, and co-author of the report “Amplify: The INGO Value Proposition for Impact Investing”. Most recently, Stephanie worked with another international non-profit, Pact, to establish their social enterprise development and impact investing practice through the establishment of a new team, Pact Ventures. She has previously worked with Ashoka’s Africa team and several community-based social change organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa. She has lived and worked in South Sudan, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, and Senegal.