Executive Team

Simon Peter Akena

Program Director

As Last Mile Health’s Program Director, Dr. Simon Peter Akena provides technical leadership to our team, coaching organizational leaders responsible for program implementation, quality, and training, and ensuring alignment with program strategy across all aspects of our work at the last mile. Prior to assuming his current role, Simon served for one year as Last Mile Health’s Program Manager in Grand Gedeh County where he provided oversight and leadership over our community health worker pilot project in Konobo District and played a critical role in advancing our partnership with the Ministry of Health’s Grand Gedeh County Health Team.  Before joining our team, Simon worked as Medical Officer for an HIV/AIDs treatment program in neighboring Sierra Leone and served with World Vision, John Snow, Inc., and Marie Stopes International in his native Uganda. Simon received a Doctor of Medicine (MD) from the University of Dar es Salaam and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health from the Virtual University of Uganda.

Lisha McCormick

Chief Operating Officer

Lisha McCormick joined Last Mile Health in 2013 as Chief Development Officer, leading our team through a period of tremendous growth. When Lisha joined the team, Last Mile Health had a $700,000 budget to serve 7,000 patients. As she transitions into the role of Chief Operating Officer in 2017, Last Mile Health is now a nearly $10 million organization supporting the Government of Liberia to extend lifesaving healthcare to 1.2 million Liberians, and advocating globally for more inclusive health systems and health systems financing. Lisha brings to Last Mile Health nearly 20 years of non-profit management experience and expertise in strategic partnerships and planning. Before joining our team, Lisha’s career was principally focused on public sector healthcare in the United States. In previous roles, she worked to tailor programs and services to meet the needs of runaway and homeless youth, those living with mental illness, and those combating substance abuse. Lisha ventured into global health in 2010, serving for two years with Village Health Works, a community-based healthcare organization operating in East Africa. Lisha holds a Master of Public Health from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, a Certificate in Executive Management from Columbia University Business School, and a dual bachelor’s degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Osadebe Ogwudile

Human Resources Director

Osadebe Ogwudile is Last Mile Health’s Director of Human Resources. Since joining Last Mile Health in 2015, Osadebe has supported strategic direction in the area of human capital management for our Liberia-based team. Osadebe brings to our team strong multicultural experience working across four countries, including in his most recent role with Mercy Corps in Liberia, Nigeria and South Sudan. Osadebe possesses a deep understanding of change management, performance management, learning, and professional development, and is passionate about supporting all team members to achieve their professional goals and contribute to our mission. He holds a bachelor’s degree (Hons) from the University of Sunderland, and a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from the University of Wales.

Raj Panjabi

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Rajesh Panjabi is CEO and a co-founder of Last Mile Health and an Associate Physician in the Division of Global Health Equity at Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Raj grew up in Liberia and fled the civil war with his family when he was nine years old, but he returned to Liberia in 2005 as a medical student to work with the Liberia Ministry of Health, advising the country’s National Health Plan while serving as a clinician in rural government health facilities for three years. Raj is a recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship (2017), the TED Prize (2017), and the Global Citizen Movement Award (2013). He was named one of TIME’s “100 Most Influential People” (2016), one of Fortune’s “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” (2015, 2017), a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Social Entrepreneur, and an Echoing Green Fellow (2011). Raj holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and received a Master of Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. He also served as a Clinical Fellow at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Bakary Sidibe

Country Director

As Last Mile Health’s Country Director, Bakary Sidibe brings to our work more than 20 years of experience in international development and program management. Bakary has managed complex global health, livelihood, and emergency relief programs, providing technical leadership and strategic direction to initiatives operating across the world in Liberia, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Palestine, South Africa, and Guyana. Prior to joining our team, Bakary served as the Chief of Party for Project Concern International in Liberia where he managed two Ebola response projects with budgets totaling $7 million. Earlier in his career, Bakary worked with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to establish Palestine’s national HIV/AIDS strategy, and he managed the International Rescue Committee’s health programming in South Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Bakary’s passion for community-based work was sparked by the time he spent as a Peace Corps volunteer in East Timor, where he provided technical support to the Ministry of Health. Bakary holds a Master of Arts in Sustainable Development from the SIT Graduate Institute and a bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology from the New York Institute of Technology. He was recognized as an Aspen Institute New Voices Fellow in 2017.

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Michael Zouzoua

Chief Financial Officer

Michael Zouzoua brings more than 20 years of experience in nonprofit financial management and strategy to his role as Last Mile Health’s Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining our team, Michael served as Chief Financial Officer for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), where he was responsible for developing and implementing the organization’s finance, budget, and investment policies. Previously, Michael was the Director of Finance at the YWCA in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and held financial management positions at MEH International and the New England Funds Group. Michael holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Northeastern University. As a native of the West African nation of Côte d’Ivoire, Michael brings to his role a deep personal commitment to advancing the right to health amongst remote communities in the West African region and beyond.