Global Health Landscape Symposium 2019

Speaker Biographies

Join us for our Global Health Landscape Symposium 2019

This year's symposium will explore a number of themes and considerations that get to the heart of what it will mean – for all actors – to #DemocratizeGlobalHealth. To achieve health for all people, national health programs must be driven by country strategies, local leadership, and domestic resources rather than external donors or partners.

This approach requires passing the baton from international and bilateral agencies to stakeholders on the frontlines. A revolution in global health thinking will require finally adopting new ideas or goals and shifting our joint narratives and campaigns moving forward.

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Lori Adelman

Lori Adelman

Vice President, Influence & Engagement, Global Fund for Women

Lori Adelman is Vice President, Influence and Engagement at Global Fund for Women. An advocate and media maker with 10+ years of experience promoting reproductive, racial and gender justice globally, Lori most recently served as the Director of Youth Engagement at Women Deliver, a global advocacy organization, and ran the website Feministing.com. She has also previously worked at Planned Parenthood Federation of America as Director of Global Communications and at the United Nations Foundation and the International Women’s Health Coalition. She has written for a host of print and digital properties including Rookie Magazine, Elle.com and the New York Times. Follow her on Twitter: @Ladelman.

Keifer Buckingham

Keifer Buckingham

Senior Policy Advisor, Open Society Foundations

M.A. Keifer Buckingham is the Senior Policy Advisor for International Public Health at Open Society Foundations in Washington, DC. In this role, Keifer leads OSF’s U.S. foreign policy advocacy work relating to global health, including sexual and reproductive health and rights and HIV/AIDS. Previously, Keifer most recently served as a Legislative Assistant for Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13), responsible for covering a range of issues including global and domestic health, immigration, LGBTQ rights, reproductive justice, and international development.

Keifer has worked in Washington, DC for nearly 10 years on issues relating to U.S. foreign policy and the United Nations, advocating with Congress and the Administration to promote LGBTQ rights; young peoples' access to reproductive health care, including safe abortion and contraception; girls' empowerment; and HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment for young people

Keifer hails from Cookeville, Tennessee. She currently lives in Washington, DC with her wife, two beautiful dogs and adorable kitty. She holds a Master of Public Health degree from The George Washington University with a focus on global health policy, and a Bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas.

Phil Carroll

Philip Carroll

Senior Manager, Health Advocacy, Johnson & Johnson

Phil Carroll boasts more than 13 years of experience working in senior communications roles for some of the world’s leading not-for-profit health institutions, including Save the Children, the International Rescue Committee and PATH. In his current role at Johnson & Johnson, he is in charge of spearheading advocacy for the company’s social impact division, Global Community Impact. He holds a Masters in Public Health from The George Washington University and a Bachelors in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

Keya Chatterjee

Keya Chatterjee

Executive Director, US Climate Action Network (USCAN)

Keya Chatterjee is Executive Director of USCAN, and author of the book The Zero Footprint Baby: How to Save the Planet While Raising a Healthy Baby. Her work focuses on building an inclusive movement in support of climate action. Keya's commentary on climate change policy and sustainability issues has been quoted in dozens of media outlets including USA Today, the New York Times, Fox News, the Associated Press, The Washington Post, and NBC Nightly News. Prior to joining USCAN, Keya served as Senior Director for Renewable Energy and Footprint Outreach at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), where she worked for eight years. Before that, Keya was a Climate Change Specialist at USAID. Keya also worked at NASA headquarters for four years, communicating research results on climate change. Keya was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco from 1998 to 2000. She currently serves on the board of the Washington Area Bicycling Association. Keya received her Master's degree in Environmental Science, and her Bachelor's in Environmental Science and Spanish from the University of Virginia.

Victor Chelule

Victor Chelule

Senior Manager, Software Engineering, Living Goods

Victor Chelule manages software programs and engineering in Living Goods’ Kenya office. Before joining Living Goods, Victor worked at Swahitech, Codemart IT solutions and Interned with Transparency International Rwanda and the Henry Jackson Foundation Medical Research Unit. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Egerton University and a Master’s in Software Engineering from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

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Mark Clack

Independent Consultant, Community Economic Development and Political Strategy

Mark C. Clack is head of Clack Communication Consultants, a political, campaign and policy strategy and communications firm. His firm is currently running the Congressional campaign of former U.S. Representative, Kweisi Mfume (D-MD). Equally adept at domestic and international affairs, Mr. Clack was Director of Strategy and Communications for His Excellency Dr. Bukola Saraki, Senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from 2016-2018, his economic growth and social impact legislative outreach program.  From 2010 to 2016, he served as Senior Vice President at Cassidy & Associates where he was the international affairs team lead.  During his tenure he led a high profile campaign for human rights in Bangladesh and led strategic communications initiatives in support of free and fair elections in Nigeria in 2011 and 2015.  Mr. Clack has extensive Capitol Hill experience, having served on the staff of U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD), on the House International Relations Committee and in the office of Rep. Kweisi Mfume (D-MD Retired). He also served as a strategic campaign consultant to Senator Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) for Senate election campaign in 2016. Mr. Clack has also served as the National Field Secretary and Director of Branch and Field Services at the Baltimore headquarters of the NAACP.  When he is not working campaigns or trekking around the world, Mr. Clack can be found hiking somewhere along a wooded trail with friends.

Lindsay Coates

Lindsay Coates

Managing Director, Ultra-poor Graduation Initiative, BRAC

As Managing Director of BRAC’s Ultra-Poor Graduation Initiative (UPGI), Lindsay leads BRAC’s efforts to eradicate extreme poverty through a focus on the world’s poorest. Using Graduation, an approach designed by BRAC in 2002 to meet the complex and interconnected needs of this hard-to-reach population, UPGI works to ensure no one is left behind. The Graduation approach is a targeted, holistic set of interventions enacted over the course of a two-year program to break down the multiple barriers the poorest face in order to lift them into sustainable livelihoods. Lindsay leads a skilled team that advocates for the uptake of the Graduation approach by policymakers, development finance agencies, national governments, non-governmental organizations, and microfinance institutions as well as provides technical assistance to Graduation programs worldwide. It is UPGI’s mission to place this proven and researched approach as a key driver to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 1.

Before joining BRAC, Lindsay served as the president of InterAction, where she oversaw management and institutional outreach to InterAction members and partners. She has also served on the Obama administration’s Task Force on Global Poverty, the steering committee of the World Bank Global Partnership for Social Accountability, the executive committee for Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network, and the boards of Episcopal Relief and Development, United States Global Leadership Coalition, and Development Gateway. Prior to her work in the nonprofit sector, Lindsay practiced civil rights law in various capacities, including beginning her law practice in Mississippi. She is a graduate of the University of the South (Sewanee) and the University of Mississippi School of Law.

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Catherine Connor

Vice President, Public Policy and Advocacy, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF)

Catherine Connor is Vice President of Public Policy at the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation where she oversees both a domestic and global HIV and AIDS policy portfolio. Her work focuses on improving global HIV/AIDS financing policies and prioritizing pediatric HIV/AIDS within the global HIV/AIDS response. Specifically, Ms. Connor spearheads the Foundation’s U.S. legislative efforts and multilateral advocacy engagement on global health issues, including policies related to pediatric HIV/AIDS and prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programs. She also manages the Foundation’s global advocacy portfolio, working with field staff to advocate for the elimination of pediatric HIV and AIDS in individual countries and throughout the region.

Prior to joining the Foundation in 2007, Ms. Connor worked at Patton Boggs LLP in Washington, D.C. as a lawyer and lobbyist specializing in U.S. health care law and public policy. Her clients included health care provider associations, patient and consumer groups, non-profit community organizations, and pharmaceutical companies. She earned her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, and graduated with honors from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degrees in political science and journalism.

John Coonrod

John Coonrod

Executive Vice President, The Hunger Project

John Coonrod is the Executive Vice President of The Hunger Project, where he is responsible for research, advocacy and advising the president on all aspects of strategic planning. He has worked in rural Africa, South Asia and Latin America for 30 years, and has founded and coordinates the Movement for Community-led Development.

John serves as co-chair of InterAction’s Food Security and Agriculture working group, as chair of Sarvodaya USA and on the board of Water for People.  He is an avid amateur photographer and figure skater.

John was trained as a physicist at Stanford (BSc) and the University of California-Berkeley (MS, PhD), where he was active in the civil rights and antiwar movements. He worked as a research physicist at Princeton University. As a physicist, he was involved in the design and construction of the first whole-body CAT scanner and the first tokamak designed to achieve break-even in generating energy.

Kate Dodson

Kate Dodson

Vice President for Global Health, United Nations Foundation

Kate Dodson is the Vice President for Global Health at the United Nations Foundation. In this role, Kate works to ensure that the UN Foundation is delivering on its commitments to address the health-related Sustainable Development Goals, and builds synergies with UN agencies and other key multilateral partners. In its global health work, the UN Foundation has dedicated efforts to improve access to immunization and family planning, prevent malaria, and advance SRMNCAH efforts along the continuum of care and in fragile and complex operating environments, all working to advance UN system priorities.

Previously, Ms. Dodson spent several years as the UN Foundation’s Director of Global Health, and has also served as Executive Director of Program Integration, focused on cross-department and cross-issue collaboration. Ms. Dodson joined the UN Foundation in 2004 and spent her first five years in the sustainable development program in various positions, focused at the intersection of poverty reduction and environmental stewardship.

Ms. Dodson has served on numerous advisory bodies for UN-related multi-partner initiatives, and as co-chair of the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA) for four years.  She has also held positions at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and has traveled, worked and studied in several countries. She has a master’s degree with distinction from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a bachelor’s degree with departmental honors from Bates College in Maine.

Juliet Glassroth

Juliet Glassroth

Strategic Communications Consultant

Juliet Glassroth is an accomplished communications professional with 25 years’ experience in advocacy, branding, content development, and messaging. She has developed a specific expertise for translating complex concepts to reach and resonate with target stakeholder audiences. Prior to starting her own consultancy, Juliet served as the Director of Communications for Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria where she devised and implemented programs to increase awareness of the Global Fund among U.S. decision makers. She began her career by working in multiple global public relations agencies including Hill & Knowlton and Ruder Finn. Her experience also includes senior communications roles at professional services firms Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Javier Guzman

Javier Guzman

Technical Director, Management Sciences for Health

Dr. Javier Guzman is MSH’s Technical Director of the USAID-funded MTaPS Project. Javier has worked in public health policy and practice for 17 years as a physician, researcher, analyst, and policy maker. Trained as a physician, he worked for several years in planning and implementation of primary health care projects in Colombia and subsequently as a Post Graduate Clinical Fellow in Paediatrics at the Royal London Hospital. In 2015, he joined the Colombian government, first as Director of Medicines and Health Technologies at the Ministry of Health and then as Director General of the Colombian Food and Drug Surveillance Institute, where he led the development and implementation of the organization’s 2016–2018 strategic plan and also the modernization of information systems related to market authorization, inspections, and quality control, thereby improving accountability, transparency, and efficiency. 

Previously, as Director of Research for global health nongovernmental organizations in the United Kingdom and Australia, Dr. Guzman managed portfolios of multi-million dollar health consulting and research projects focusing on pharmaceutical policy, pharmaceutical systems strengthening, and diseases that disproportionately affect low- and middle-income countries.

In addition to his medical degree, Javier has an MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing from the London School of Economics and Political Science and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and an MBA (Executive) from the Australian Graduate School of Management.

Jamila Headley

Jamila Headley

Managing Director, Health Global Access Project

Jamila Headley is the Managing Director of the Health Global Access Project (Health GAP), an advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring global access to affordable life-sustaining medicines for all people living with HIV. She has more than 10 years of experience in non-profit management and leadership, strategic advocacy, policy analysis, and supporting grassroots leaders, organizations and movements. Jamila has also previously worked as a Program Officer at Open Society Foundations’ Public Health Program, where she led work on innovative financing, tax justice, and citizen-led approaches to accountability and transparency in the health sector. She is a 2017 Aspen New Voices Fellow and the recipient of the 2006 Vermont State Madeline Kunin Public Service Award for her commitment to social justice. Jamila holds a doctorate in Public Health and a Masters in Global Health from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She is a strategic, impact-focused leader that thrives at the intersections of strategy and implementation, global and local, blue-sky thinking and planning for the here and now, between caring for the organization and for the individual people in it.

Lisa Hilmi

Lisa Hilmi

Executive Director, CORE Group

Lisa Hilmi has over 30 years of global health experience in over 20+ countries, employing both human rights and community-based participatory approaches to addressing health disparities for women, children and communities. As a nurse, researcher, and public health expert, Lisa has worked at multiple levels of global health, in policy, research, emergency relief and response, development, workforce development, health systems strengthening; from local to global levels. She has worked in development settings, led response to HIV/AIDS/STIs/GBV in refugee and conflict settings, and  developed policy for outbreaks, disasters, and epidemics in multiple countries. She has led over $180 Million of development, relief and rehabilitation efforts. Clinically, Lisa has worked in pediatric hospital, community, academic, and crisis settings, and has held leadership positions in the UN, Sigma Theta Tau International, INGOs, and foundations.

Her research focuses on geographical health disparities for adolescents in urban settings. She has a strong history of partnership and coordination with UN, INGOs, CSOs, and other stakeholders. She sits on the WHO PMNCH Board, the Steering Committee of the Child Health Task Force, the Board of Directors at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation, as well as other review committees.

She holds an MPH from Columbia University, a BSN and completing her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, was a Jonas Nurse Scholar, is a Certified Pediatric Nurse, and holds a BA in Communications and Political Science from Villanova University.

Kiki Kalkstein

Kiki Kalkstein

Kiki Kalkstein is Global Health Council’s Director of Advocacy and Engagement. In this role Kiki leads GHC's strategic advocacy and engagement initiatives across the global health community. Kiki has more than 10 years of experience in policy analysis, advocacy, and coalition building in the DC global health advocacy space. She joined GHC in 2019. Before GHC, Kiki worked at Pathfinder International as the implementing organization's lead DC advocate, working to improve US and global health policy environments by influencing and informing policy and appropriations decisions. Kiki also worked at the Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE), an advocacy organization, where she advanced gender equality by shaping public discourse around sexual and reproductive health and rights and influencing the US government policies. Kiki has dedicated her career to advancing the health, rights, and well-being of the most marginalized individuals globally. She studied public health and global poverty at the University of California, Berkeley.

Anu Khanal

Anuradha Khanal

Director, Global Health Advocacy Incubator/Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

Anuradha Khanal (Anu) is the regional director of South East Asia at the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and manages the drowning prevention program for Vietnam at the Global Health Advocacy Incubator (GHAI). Prior to this role, Anu was the country lead for road safety work in Tanzania and India, drowning prevention in Vietnam, and the maternal and reproductive health program in Tanzania. Anu brings a decade of experience in policy advocacy, coalition and partnership building, sustainability planning and program management. Anu previously served as the country coordinator for Tobacco-Free Kids’ Vietnam and Pakistan programs and managed a portfolio of grants in the World Health Organization’s SEARO, EMRO and WPRO regions. Anu also led resilience planning and rebuilding efforts of an earthquake affected community in Nepal and was recognized for excellence in project management by the International Project Management Association in 2018. A native of Nepal, Anu is fluent in Nepali and Hindi.

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Gina Lagomarsino

President & CEO, Results for Development

Throughout her career, Ms. Lagomarsino has focused on expanding health coverage to low-income populations. As one of the original co-founders and managing directors at R4D, she helped galvanize energy and political will around a global push for universal health coverage by coordinating an early global task force convened by the Rockefeller Foundation and co-authoring a frequently cited 2012 Lancet article on universal health coverage.

Ms. Lagomarsino went on to develop several key partnerships that continue to influence health systems around the world today, including the Joint Learning Network for Universal Health Coverage, a network of policymakers in low- and middle-income countries working together to develop practical solutions to the challenges of achieving universal health coverage, and the Center for Health Market Innovations, which has identified and is promoting learning among more than 1,500 innovative health efforts in 110 countries. Additionally, Ms. Lagomarsino played a key role in launching the Primary Health Care Performance Initiative, a partnership of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the World Bank and the World Health Organization.

From 2013 to 2016, she served as chief operating officer at R4D, building the financial, human resources, and operational systems necessary for a growing organization.

Prior to her work in global development, Ms. Lagomarsino spent a decade working to improve health systems in the United States. She served as senior health policy advisor to Washington, D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams, where she designed and implemented the reform of a free public health coverage program serving low-income D.C. residents. Before that, she was an engagement manager in the healthcare practice of McKinsey & Company, where she advised senior executives of health insurance and hospital organizations on strategy and operations. She spent her early career at Kaiser Permanente, a large integrated health system based in California, where she worked closely with doctors and nurses to implement a new model of primary health care.

Elizabeth O'Connell

Elizabeth O'Connell

Global Strategic Partnerships and Resource Mobilization Consultant

Elizabeth O'Connell is a strategic partnerships and resource mobilization consultant, with  extensive experience developing effective strategic partnerships and resource mobilization strategies for global organizations with foundation corporate and government partners. She has provided organizational development and resource mobilization training and strategic planning to non-profit organizations and civil society organizations in the US, sub-Saharan Africa and India. Elizabeth has sector expertise is global women's health, clean water and safe sanitation, healthcare provider education and training, environmental protection, women's empowerment, advocacy and organizational capacity.

GHC President and Executive Director Loyce Pace

Loyce Pace

Loyce Pace, a leader who has worked on the ground in more than 10 countries delivering health programs and mobilizing advocates, has served as Global Health Council’s (GHC) President and Executive Director since December 2016. Loyce comes to the role having held leadership positions in global policy and strategic partnerships at LIVESTRONG Foundation and the American Cancer Society. Additionally, she has worked with Physicians for Human Rights and Catholic Relief Services.

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 and has been an invited speaker at high-level forums hosted by the World Health Organization, U.S. National Academy of Medicine, and other policymaking agencies.

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 current member of the InterAction and United Nations Association board of directors, and a past member of Phillips Academy (Andover) Alumni Council. She speaks several languages, including Spanish as well as some French and Japanese, and has lived in Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Yogesh Rajkotia

Yogesh Rajkotia

Founder & CEO, ThinkWell

Dr. Yogesh Rajkotia launched ThinkWell in 2011 to help countries achieve universal health coverage. Convinced that a break from the status quo of development assistance was urgently needed, Dr. Rajkotia founded ThinkWell to be a disruptive, creative agent for change. As ThinkWell’s CEO, he is responsible for driving the firm’s vision, culture, strategy, and approach.

An entrepreneur at heart, Dr. Rajkotia enjoys the relentless pursuit of ideas and innovations to spark transformation in health systems. With this spirit, he has supported major health systems reforms in over 25 countries and served as advisor to ministers and secretaries around the world. Dr. Rajkotia provided leadership to USAID’s global health systems strengthening efforts, where he oversaw the Agency’s $45 million health portfolio in Rwanda and its $125 global Health Systems 20/20 program. He has consulted for many organizations including WHO, GAVI, and World Bank.

Dr. Rajkotia is well published and is frequently asked to speak to distinguished audiences around the world. He was recognized as a Rockefeller Social Innovation Fellow in 2013. He holds a doctorate degree in health economics from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree in health policy from the London School of Economics.

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Kelly Saldana

Director of the Office of Health Systems, Bureau for Global Health, USAID

Kelly Saldana is the director of the Office of Health Systems in the Bureau for Global Health at USAID. She has 20 years of experience in public health and international development and has supported a wide array of health programs, including the Haiti earthquake response, and more recently leading USAID's Zika response. Kelly has served in a variety of roles within USAID including as Deputy Director of the Office of Health, Infectious Diseases and Nutrition, and before that in the Maternal and Child Health Division.  In these roles, Kelly was instrumental in shaping USAID's program for Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths, including as the editor-in-chief of the annual Acting on the Call Report.  Prior to joining the Bureau for Global Health, Kelly spent seven and a half years in the Bureau for Latin America and Caribbean as a Senior Public Health Advisor where she focused on health systems strengthening and monitoring and evaluation.  Kelly also worked for the State of North Carolina’s Immunization Branch as the public health epidemiologist and registry project business specialist and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua. She holds Masters degrees in Public Health and Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.

Conor Savoy

Conor Savoy

Executive Director, Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network

Conor Savoy is the executive director of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network, an organization focused on increased effectiveness of U.S. foreign assistance through greater country ownership and accountability. In this role, he brings over a decade of experience working on issues related to U.S. foreign policy and international development. Prior to joining MFAN, he was the director of policy and advocacy for the Global Innovation Fund, a social first impact investor, where he worked to raise GIF’s policy profile in Washington. Earlier, he served as deputy director of the Project on Prosperity and Development at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. At CSIS, Conor helped build an innovative research program focused on the evolving role of the private sector in international development. He remains an active senior associate (non-resident) with his former program at CSIS.

Earlier in his career, Conor worked as a researcher at the Council on Foreign Relations concentrating on U.S. foreign and national security policy. He holds an MA in international relations from Boston University and a BA with honors in history from George Washington University. Conor is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and resides in Washington, DC with his wife and daughter.

Nicole Schiegg

Nicole Schiegg

Chair, Women in Global Health - Washington D.C.

Nicole Schiegg is a seasoned strategist who believes that advancing global health and ending extreme poverty requires the strategic integration of advocacy and communications. She has traveled and worked extensively throughout Africa, Europe, and Asia, and lived in Geneva, Switzerland. Notably Nicole was a communications advisor to Dr Tedros Adhanom’s successful campaign to become the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), the first African elected to the role. Nicole was an appointee in both President Bill Clinton’s and President Barack Obama’s administrations. While at USAID, during the Obama Administration, Nicole was awarded with an individual Meritorious Honor for her work directing strategic communications, notably creating the Every Child Deserves a Fifth Birthday campaign. Previous positions include serving as senior public diplomacy advisor at the U.S. State Department as part of the first phase of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and as advocacy and strategy officer at WHO’s Stop TB Partnership. Earlier in her career, Nicole was appointed special assistant for international programs to the White House Millennium Council, led by then-First Lady Hillary Clinton. In 2011, Nicole was recognized by her alma mater, Auburn University, with a Young Alumni of Achievement Award. Nicole is a dual citizen of Switzerland and the United States, and resides in Washington, DC.

Megan Snair

Megan Snair

Public Health Consultant

Megan Snair, MPH, is a public health consultant and science writer based in Cleveland, Ohio. Previously in Washington, DC, she was a senior program officer with the Board on Global Health at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, directing consensus studies on Global Health and the Future of the United States and Improving the Quality of Health Care Globally, planning multiple international meetings and site visits. While at the National Academies, she also worked on the Board on Health Sciences Policy, was part of the Global Health Risk Framework team, and led the planning of multiple workshops related to the 2014 Ebola outbreak examining both international and domestic impacts. Her portfolio consisted primarily of projects related to medical and public health preparedness, global health security, and community and health system resilience. Ms. Snair received her Master’s in Public Health from Boston University concentrating in Epidemiology, and completed her undergraduate studies in Biophysics at St. Lawrence University in New York.

Jenelle Williams

Jenelle Williams

Director of Programs, Global Health Action

Jenelle Williams serves as Director of Programs for Global Health Action where she leads the strategic programmatic and partnership development efforts for the organization. Currently, her work is focused on strengthening health systems and community systems to especially address women's and children's issues across Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and North America. Prior to GHA, Jenelle served in roles such as Director of Cultural Health Initiatives for the American Heart Association, National Field Director for Community Catalyst, Deputy Director, Planning and Partnerships in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention for the Georgia Department of Public Health, CDC Healthy Communities State Expert Advisor, VP of the Society for the Practitioners of Health Impact Assessment, consultant and advisor to private, public and third sectors. Jenelle's passion is in engaging stakeholders across multiple sectors to listen to each other with the belief that vulnerable communities inherently have knowledge and capacities that are critical to answer the significant health and development challenges being faced today. She is a graduate of New York University (BA), American Intercontinental University (MBA) and Columbia Business School (Executive Education).

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