Kwanele Asante

Kwanele Asante

Former Chairperson, Ministerial Advisory Committee on Cancer Prevention and Control, Republic of South Africa; Secretary-General Elect, African Organisation for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC)

Kwanele Asante is the Former Chairperson of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Cancer Prevention and Control, Republic South Africa. She is the Secretary-General Elect of the African Organisation of Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC). Asante taught and was the Unit Head of the Health Law module at the Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics, at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. She has received several awards for her African cancer equity activism, including the Harvard Global Health Catalyst – 2016 African Ambassador Award. Kwanele serves on the 2019 Global Advisory Committee of the NCD Alliance Geneva and she is a member of the Lancet High Quality Health Systems Commission People’s Voice Advisory Board, USA.

Her research interests include – Pharmaceutical Patents and Access to Medicines, Meaningful Patient Involvement in Public Health Research & Policy Decisions, Cancer Research Advocacy, End of Life Choices - including the Right to Die, Children’s Right to Health, Addressing the Social and Commercial Determinants of Health, Closing Global Cancer Disparities, Closing Global Pain Disparities, Developing Human Rights Based Approaches to Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Prevention Control, Mental Health Rights, Reproductive and Sexual Health Rights, and the intersections between Global Health, Competition Law, Trade and Human Rights.

Asante has a B. A. Liberal Arts (Psychology-Sociology major) degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, USA. And LLB and MSc Medicine: Bioethics and Health Law degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Term expires: December 31, 2019. 

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Smita Baruah

Senior Director, Global Health and Development Policy, Save the Children

Smita Baruah joined Save the Children seven years ago and oversees Save the Children’s policy and advocacy issues on U.S. budget and appropriations and sector specific portfolios in global health, global food security and nutrition, ending violence against children, and international basic education.  She is also leads the implementation of Save the Children’s global campaign called Every Last Child which is focused on reaching the most marginalized children.

Smita came to Save the Children with over a decade of experience  in coalition and partnership building including  mobilizing and leading civil society organizations around a collective global voice on various issues.   Prior to joining Save the Children, Smita served as the Director of Government Relations at Global Health Council and led on legislative affairs work at InterAction.  She has chaired a global coalition on global HIV/AIDS that played an influential role in reauthorizing U.S. global HIV/AIDS program known as PEPFAR, a health workforce coalition, and others.  She has also led civil society delegations to the UN General Assembly, World Health Assembly and other similar global meetings

Term expires: December 31, 2019. 

Kate Bond

Katherine C. Bond

Vice President, International Regulatory Affairs, USP

Katherine Bond, Sc.D., is Vice President, International Regulatory Affairs, for USP. She develops and executes USP’s global regulatory affairs agenda in alignment with strategic organizational objectives, and plays a key role in building and sustaining relationships with regulatory agencies and pharmacopeias around the world.

Dr. Bond brings more than twenty years of demonstrated public health leadership experience—in the field and in management—to her role at USP. Dr. Bond arrives at USP from the United States Food and Drug Administration, where she served in the Office of International Programs as Associate Director of Technical Cooperation and Capacity Building before being named Director of the Office of Strategy, Partnerships, and Analytics.  Prior to public service, Dr. Bond focused her energies on priority public health issues such as infectious diseases and health systems impacting Southeast Asia and Africa. She worked as Associate Director of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Asia Regional Office and Africa Regional Office, and Deputy Director of the Mekong Regional Office of the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH). Dr. Bond has also held many consultancies and academic appointments—as both lecturer and researcher—at universities in the United States and abroad. She additionally appears as lead or contributing author on a variety of peer-reviewed research papers and technical documents in areas of regulatory systems strengthening, global health security, health systems, and intervention strategies for specific at-risk populations.

Dr. Bond earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Swarthmore College and her Doctor of Science degree from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Term expires: December 31, 2019.

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Lisa Bos

Director or Government Relations, World Vision US

Lisa Bos is the Director of Government Relations at World Vision US in the Advocacy and Government Relations Department. As such, she serves as the point person for World Vision's advocacy and education efforts with Congress and the Administration, 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, a caucus of more than 150 Members.  In this role, Lisa analyzed legislation and worked closely with committees and House Leadership on issues such as education and health care. Lisa also spent time working for Congressman Bill Huizenga of Michigan as the Senior Legislative Assistant responsible for defense, foreign affairs, education and health care issues.

Lisa has worked in the private sector as well, serving as a Vice President at Cassidy & Associates, one of Washington's leading government affairs firms, and at Russ Reid. In both of these positions, she represented the interests of education, health care, and social service institutions before Congress and federal agencies.

Lisa is a native of Michigan and a graduate of Hope College in Holland, Michigan.

Term expires: December 31, 2019.

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Beth Cameron

Vice President, Global Biological Policy and Programs, National Security Council

Beth Cameron previously served as the senior director for global health security and biodefense on the White House National Security Council (NSC) staff, where she was instrumental in developing and launching the Global Health Security Agenda and addressed homeland and national security threats surrounding biosecurity and biosafety, biodefense, emerging infectious disease threats, biological select agents and toxins, dual‐use research, and bioterrorism.

From 2010‐2013, Cameron served as office director for Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) and senior advisor for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for nuclear, chemical and biological defense programs. In this role, she oversaw implementation of the geographic expansion of the Nunn‐Lugar CTR program. For her work, she was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service.

From 2003‐2010 Cameron oversaw expansion of Department of State Global Threat Reduction programs and supported the expansion and extension of the Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction, a multilateral framework to improve global CBRN security.

Cameron served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) fellow in the health policy office of Senator Edward M. Kennedy where she worked on the Patients’ Bill of Rights, medical privacy, and legislation to improve the quality of cancer care. From 2001‐2003, she served as a manager of policy research for the American Cancer Society.

Cameron holds a Ph.D. in Biology from the Human Genetics and Molecular Biology Program at the Johns Hopkins University and a BA in Biology from the University of Virginia. Cameron is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Term expires: December 31, 2019. 

Elizabeth Collins

Elizabeth Montgomery Collins


Elizabeth Montgomery Collins, MD, MPH, DTM has 20 years’ experience in pediatric academia and international health, and has served over eight years as an Associate Professor in the Section of Retrovirology and Global Health at Baylor College of Medicine.  As a member of the Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) she provided care and treatment to adults and children with HIV in Botswana, in Tanzania, and in Houston, where she also attended in the International Adoption and Travel Medicine Clinics.  At Saint Louis University, she led the Medicine Abroad Program, Pediatric Advocacy and Community Education program, Foreign Adoption Clinic, the Haiti Initiative, and resident rotations at La Clinica Community Center for immigrants and refugees.  She advanced adolescent transition care during an HIV Visiting Professorship in Haiti.  She also made an impact as a physician and global health specialist when volunteering or working in Malawi, Peru, Romania, Moldova, the Dominican Republic, Russia, Nepal, Lesotho, and Swaziland.  She was a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, & Medicine Jefferson Science Fellow, and served as a global policy fellow at the U.S. Department of State, where she worked as the Secretary of State’s Office of Global Partnerships Senior Science Advisor.  She has held numerous leadership positions with the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on International Child Health and Committee on Pediatric AIDS; she co-leads the Immigrant Health Special Interest Group’s Education Work Group.  She was a representative of the United Nations Association-USA to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.  For the Global Health Council, she has served as an individual delegate on multiple occasions to the World Health Organization (WHO) World Health Assembly and the WHO Executive Board meetings.  She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Tropical Pediatrics.  She holds a Master of Public Health degree, With Distinction, and a Diploma in Tropical Medicine.  Dr. Collins wishes to extend her work in international maternal-child health and global health diplomacy and to make valuable and lasting contributions to global policymaking in the areas of HIV, tropical medicine, public health, medicine, and science.

Term expires: December 31, 2019. 

Catherine Connor

Catherine Connor

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

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.

Term expires December 31, 2019.

Rikke Fabienke

Rikke Fabienke

Senior Global Access to Care Manager, Novo Nordisk

Rikke Fabienke is based in the Global Public Affairs and Sustainability department of Novo Nordisk (Denmark), Rikke works with global partners to strengthen access to care for diabetes and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Since joining Novo Nordisk in 2009 Rikke has headed up two corporate access to care initiatives - the Changing Diabetes® in Children (CDiC) programme, providing access to diabetes care for children with type 1 diabetes in low- and middle-income countries; and the Changing Diabetes® in Pregnancy (CDiP) programme, aiming to improve access to gestational diabetes (GDM) diagnosis and care.  Currently, Rikke is working on the Partnering for Change programme – a partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Danish Red Cross aiming to improve access to NCD care for people in humanitarian settings.

From 2002-2005 Rikke worked as Programme Manager with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Mozambique. From 2005-2007 she served as Technical Advisor to the Government of Mozambique, based in the national technical unit for public sector reform (UTRESP) in Maputo. Rikke has also done extensive work in the fields of development assistance and Business-to-Business (B2B) and Public Private Partnerships (PPP) with the Danish development cooperation, Danida. She holds a M.Sc. in International Business Administration and Development Studies from Copenhagen Business School (CBS).

Term expires: December 31, 2019.

Amanda Glassman

Amanda Glassman

Chief Operating Officer and Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development

Amanda Glassman is chief operating officer and senior fellow at the Center for Global Development. 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, Glassman 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, Glassman 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. Glassman 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, and is editor and coauthor of the books What’s In, What’s Out: Designing Benefits for Universal Health Coverage (Center for Global Development 2017), Millions Saved: New Cases of Proven Success in Global Health (Center for Global Development 2016), and From Few to Many: A Decade of Health Insurance Expansion in Colombia (IDB and Brookings 2010).

Term expires: December 31, 2019.

Carrie Hessler-Radelet

President & CEO of Project Concern International

Carrie Hessler-Radelet is the President & CEO of Project Concern International (PCI). PCI is a global development organization working with families and communities to enhance health, end hunger, overcome hardship and advance women & girls in 15 countries.  

Prior to PCI, Hessler-Radelet served as Director of the Peace Corps (2012-2017) and Deputy Director (2010-2012), leading America’s iconic international volunteer service organization with programs in over 65 countries. At Peace Corps she led historic reforms to modernize and strengthen the agency to meet the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

Before being appointed to the Peace Corps by President Obama, Hessler-Radelet worked as the Vice President and Director of the Washington D.C. office of John Snow, Inc. (JSI), overseeing the management of public health programs in 85 countries around the world. Her decades of global health work also included serving as the lead consultant on the first Five Year Global HIV/AIDS Strategy for the President George W. Bush’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), working with USAID in Indonesia on maternal and child health and HIV programming, founding the Special Olympics in The Gambia, and serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer with her husband in Western Samoa. Hessler-Radelet is passionate about empowering communities to discover their own sustainable, innovative solutions to poverty.  

She holds a Master of Science in Health Policy and Management from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from Boston University.

Term expires: December 31, 2019. 

Dena Morris

Dena Morris

President, Washington Global Health Alliance

Dena Morris is president of the Washington Global Health Alliance, a member organization that connects and informs organizations working to improve health equity among the world’s most vulnerable populations. Dena leads WGHA’s strategic and operating plans, builds community across diverse stakeholders, and develops events and conversations to advance common goals, share best practices, and foster collaboration.

As Washington, DC, Director for the U.S. Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, Dena led CDC’s Congressional engagement during the agency’s response to the Zika virus, the challenge to its opioid prescribing guidelines, and the federal interagency water contamination discovery and response in Flint, MI.

Dena went to CDC from Capitol Hill, where she led the policy team for a senior member of the Senate Leadership. Before joining the Senate, Dena was senior vice president of a DC-based consulting firm, co-chairing the health and disability rights practice team.

Term expires: December 31, 2019.

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Cate Oswald

Director of Global Policy and Program Development, Partners In Health

Cate Oswald, currently serves as Director of Global Policy and Program Development for Partners In Health (PIH) where she leads strategic programming, policy and advocacy development for PIH. Cate is a passionate advocate for universal access to health coverage, for social justice and global health equity which her previous 13 years of working and living in Haiti and Liberia with PIH have informed. Cate has experience working on issues of social justice and equality locally in Rhode Island and Massachusetts through homeless rights initiatives, especially in access to nutrition, housing, and health care. Internationally, Cate has worked in Sub Saharan Africa, South America, the Caribbean and the South Pacific on programming aimed at understanding the social context of disease while working hand-in-hand with communities and governments to improve health outcomes. She holds a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology and Program Design and a BA in International Development and Community Health and serves as a course leader and instructor of Global Health at Brown University’s Leadership Institute.

Term expires: December 31, 2019.