Led by a team of diverse, socially-driven development professionals, our leadership group steers the organization’s decision-making, strategic planning, and effectiveness.
Led by a team of diverse, socially-driven development professionals, our leadership group steers the organization’s decision-making, strategic planning, and effectiveness.
Dalitso Baloyi is the Malawi Country Director for Last Mile Health. In this role, he oversees Last Mile Health’s partnership with the Malawi Ministry of Health as they work to improve access to health services for 15 million people living in rural areas.
Dalitso is a seasoned program and country management professional with more than 18 years of progressive INGO management experience. Prior to joining Last Mile Health, Dalitso worked for Winrock International in the role of Country Director, where among other accomplishments, he spearheaded and supported the government of Malawi in the development of the first ever National Child Labour Mainstreaming Guide and developed a guide (known as Mbali Yanga- meaning “My Part”) for teachers to use in child and school-led advocacy to address child labour for Malawi, Zambia, and Tanzania. He has also worked with BuildOn Inc and World Vision International. During his time with World Vision International, Dalitso developed an Integrated Primary Health Care Manual for Schools for use by teachers and community level health workers and participated in the development of Global Fund Guidelines on HIV/AIDS and TB for Malawi.
In all his roles, Dalitso has fostered country strategy development, built new programs and projects, developed comprehensive operational policies, fostered strong donor and stakeholder engagement, mentored staff, and designed program management tools (including undertaking gender analysis for different programmes and projects). He has experience managing USAID, DFID, Irish Aid, World Bank, EU, private sector, and philanthropically funded projects in the fields of education, nutrition, health, child protection, agriculture, disaster response, WASH, and governance. He is working to publish two books- “Compendium of Best Practices on Advocacy and Policy Dialogue” and “What Works to Integrate Gender and Social Inclusion in programmes?”
Dalitso is also an award-winning poet and a member of the Rotary Club of Bwaila in Lilongwe. He has an MA in Gender and Development Studies, and a Bachelor of Education degree.
Nan Chen is the Managing Director of Health Systems Strengthening at Last Mile Health. In this role, he supports the organization’s global work to understand what works and why in community health program scale. He also works to diffuse those lessons via partnerships and advocacy for community health systems in collaboration with peer organizations to support countries strengthen their community health systems. Nan’s team also supports the organization’s core work in Liberia to design, launch, and scale a national community health program in partnership with the Ministry of Health. Nan is currently on the Financing Alliance for Health’s Project Advisory Committee. Prior to Last Mile Health, Nan worked with the Millennium Challenge Corporation on private public partnerships, policy analysis, and nutrition/stunting interventions. Additionally, Nan worked with Open Capital Advisors in Kenya advising SME and impact investors on pathways to scale for social enterprises. Nan has also advised NGOs and social enterprises through the Harvard Law and International Development Society and Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs. Nan has an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School, JD from Northwestern University, and BA from University of Chicago.
Courtney Evans Henke is the Managing Director of Development. In this role, she oversees Last Mile Health’s Partnerships & Communications department, which aims to cultivate and steward partnerships that advance and elevate Last Mile Health’s mission. Courtney has over 10 years of experience in fundraising, grant writing, and non-profit management. Previously, she served as Senior Director of Development at the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality, an organization committed to improving child health outcomes in the United States. She began her career as a teacher and coach. Courtney obtained a BA in Anthropology and an MA in Educational Studies from Tufts University.
Ben Grant is the Liberia Program Director at Last Mile Health. He first joined the organization in 2007 as a volunteer, and then joined the staff in 2009. He was responsible for recruiting Last Mile Health’s first community health workers in remote Liberia and leading a home-based care program aimed at improving adherence to treatment for patients living with HIV/AIDS and reducing patients lost to follow up across 19 antiretroviral treatment sites in the country. Since then, he has helped build the organization’s strategy, operations, and culture, and has served in a variety of leadership roles at the organization. He has been instrumental in the scale of Last Mile Health’s pilot program from one district to seven — which served as the foundation for Liberia’s historic National Community Health Assistant Program, which will serve 1.2 million Liberians. During both the Ebola epidemic and the COVID-19 pandemic, Ben has been a leader of our response, and ensured his staff could keep safe and keep serving.
Prior to joining Last Mile Health, Ben provided primary healthcare both during and after Liberia’s civil war as a clinician and public health leader. During that time, he helped to build a PHC facility called Imani (“Peace”) House Clinic, which provided life-saving services for over 10,000 people for a decade during and after the war. Ben is a trained Physicians Assistant, and a graduate of the Harvard Global Health Delivery Summer Intensive. He also holds an undergraduate degree in biology and a diploma in Project Management & Leadership from Cambridge International College, UK.
Nathan Hutto is the Chief Operating Officer at Last Mile Health. In this role, he oversees the organization’s business services, operations, and people strategies designed to develop, support, and retain a diverse and talented global workforce. Nathan first joined Last Mile Health in 2018, serving as Chief People Officer and then Chief Administrative Officer. Prior to joining Last Mile Health, he was the Director of Talent Policy at UP Education Network and has previously held talent and research positions across the education and social sector, including doctoral research on health disparities in the United States. Nathan has a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Boston and a Master of Social Work and PhD in Social Policy Analysis from Columbia University.
Don Hwang is the Managing Director of Finance at Last Mile Health. In this role, he oversees the organization’s global financial management to ensure strong internal controls are in place to maintain assets and compliance. Don leads the development and innovation of financial processes, planning, and analysis to maximize efficient and effective enterprise management
Don has over 18 years of non-profit financial management experience and has held senior finance positions in multiple non-profit organizations. Previously, Don worked at the National Institute for Children’s Health Quality as a Senior Director of Finance, overseeing the day-to-day financial operations including budget management, compliance, and reporting. Prior to that, Don worked at Institute for Healthcare Improvement for 10 years as a Controller, Director of Risk Management and Internal Audit, and Internal Auditor. Don holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Meggan Ireland is the Deputy Chief Operating Officer at Last Mile Health. She oversees the organization’s restricted funding portfolio by supporting coordination, risk management, and systems building across global programs and business services functions in order to ensure high-quality implementation. Meggan joined Last Mile Health in 2016, serving in various partnerships and development roles in Liberia while building out the organization’s grant management function. Meggan previously worked for the Tropical Health & Education Trust, overseeing grant giving under the £30m UK Department for International Development-funded Health Partnership Scheme, a role she took after working for Barclays Bank in their growing Global Development Organizations team. Meggan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.
Anuoluwa Ishola is the Sierra Leone Program Director for Last Mile Health. In her role, she oversees our work with the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health to support the country’s community health workforce. Prior to joining Last Mile Health, she was the Executive Director at Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative, a non-profit organization committed to introducing effective and innovative approaches to educating, empowering, and inspiring people and communities in Nigeria. She also served as the Chief Operating Officer at Unveiling Africa Foundation and as a Global Health Fellow at the AIDS Support Organization in Uganda.
Anu is currently a doctoral student at the T. H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University. She holds a Master’s in Public Health from George Washington University and a B.Sc in Biological Sciences from Bowie State University.
Dr. Kristin Johnson is the Managing Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning at Last Mile Health. Drawing on mixed methods and implementation science, she leads the development of frameworks, research plans, and learning agendas to help strengthen health systems and improve health outcomes. Kristin brings expertise in participatory and adaptive approaches to evaluation, quality improvement, and data-use to support evidence-based decision making. Prior to joining Last Mile Health, Kristin was a senior consultant at John Snow Inc., where she directed the evaluation of federal health promotion and workforce capacity development programs. She holds a Doctorate and Masters of Public Health from Boston University, where her studies focused on global health and epidemiology. Guided by the social-ecological framework, her dissertation research applied mixed methods to determine factors influencing contraceptive use among adolescent girls in Bangladesh, including the provision of services by community health workers.
Lisha McCormick serves as Chief Executive Officer of Last Mile Health. In this role, she leads a team of over 200 people supporting five partner countries across Africa to strengthen rural community health systems. She joined the organization in 2013 as the founding Chief Development Officer, and under her leadership, the budget grew ten-fold as the organization expanded from a district-level pilot to partnering with the Government of Liberia to design and scale a historic national community health worker program. In 2017, she was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer and has overseen Last Mile Health’s country programs, business services and fund development as the organization grew from supporting one country to five across Africa.
Bringing over 20 years of non-profit management experience and expertise in strategic partnerships and planning, prior to joining the Last Mile Health 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 navigating substance abuse. Lisha holds a Master of Public Health from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, a Certificate in Executive Administration & Non-Profit Management from Harvard Business School, and a dual Bachelor’s degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Lisha currently serves as a Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government Social Innovation & Change Initiative Visiting Social Entrepreneur.
Kenneth Mugumya is the Uganda Program Director for Last Mile Health. In this role, he oversees our work with the Uganda Ministry of Health to upskill the community health workforce, and is responsible for growing our team and operations in the country. A health and social policy specialist, he has experience leading health systems strengthening, health worker capacity building, and digital health initiatives previously, with deep experience working with governments, the donor community, and implementing partners at the international and national levels. He has also provided technical support and leadership in community health policy development, national health sector development plans, and advocacy. He is passionate about health worker capacity building using digital health platforms and strengthening community health systems to bring key interdisciplinary players together to strengthen primary healthcare interventions.
Kenneth holds a Masters of Arts in Health and Social Policy from London Metropolitan University and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and Social Administration from Uganda Christian University. Kenneth completed a postgraduate program in Health Care Management from London Training College and an Implementation Science Course from University of Washington School of Public Health.
Motivated by a passion for building resilient health systems and leaders, James Nardella serves as Chief Program Officer for Last Mile Health. Through partnership with governments, Last Mile Health expands access to high-quality community-based primary healthcare for millions of people living in remote and rural communities. James guides programs that strengthen community health systems, upskill the health workforce, and deliver community-based care and treatment in Liberia, Malawi, Ethiopia, Uganda and Sierra Leone. He also oversees Last Mile Health’s global advocacy to ensure government, philanthropy, and aid organizations prioritize investments and plans to supervise, salary, supply, and upskilll community and frontline health workers.
Prior to joining Last Mile Health, James served as Principal on the Portfolio & Investments Team at the Skoll Foundation. He led the Foundation’s relationship with a $40M portfolio of current Skoll Awardees and managed a team responsible for tracking the pipeline of candidates and monitoring the performance of past Skoll Awardees.
Prior to Skoll, James led the Lwala Community Alliance, a Kenyan health and development organization known for its community approach to increasing child survival, skilled delivery rates, and access to HIV care.
James holds a B.F.A. in Theatre Arts from Boston University and a M.Ed. in International Education Policy and Leadership from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.
Sarah Parish is Chief of Staff at Last Mile Health. In this role, she supports the Chief Executive Officer in the management and growth of organizational operations and strategy to strengthen community health systems. Sarah first worked with Last Mile Health from 2014 to 2016, serving as Grants Manager and Deputy Program Director in Liberia, where she oversaw fundraising and grant activities during the Ebola crisis and supported the successful execution of the organization’s program strategy.
Sarah has over twelve years of experience managing fundraising efforts and strategic initiatives for development and public health programs across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the US. Most recently, she worked as Director of Planning & Development for ICAP at Columbia University, leading efforts to secure diverse funding streams in support of their mission to transform the health of populations through innovation, research, and global collaboration. Sarah holds a BA in Foreign Languages and International Affairs from the University of Puget Sound and an MA in Rural Development from the University of East Anglia in the UK.
Jenny Rabinowich is the Managing Director, People Operations for Last Mile Health. In this role, she leads our US-based People Operations (HR) team, and provides recruitment and personnel support to our five country teams. She believes that identifying great talent, caring for our team, and helping staff to grow professionally are all critical to achieving the success of our mission. In her seven years at Last Mile Health, she has held a number of roles both in programs and business services. Prior to joining the team, Jenny worked in anti-poverty research and advocacy. She holds a Master in Public Health from Drexel University and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Haverford College.
Mallika Raghavan is the Managing Director, Program Strategy and Performance. In this role, she oversees Last Mile Health’s work in emerging country programs, including Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, and Uganda, and supports Last Mile Health’s ongoing work in Liberia and Malawi.
She joined Last Mile Health in 2014. Most recently, she served as Director of Country Engagement from 2018 to 2021, where she supported the organization’s programming in Liberia and Malawi and led technical projects on community health systems strengthening. She served as Last Mile Health’s Director of National Community Health Systems from 2016 to 2018, and Deputy Director of Quality and Innovation from 2014 to 2016. In these roles, she helped lead the design, launch, and scale of Liberia’s National Community Health Assistant Program alongside the Ministry of Health
Mallika has over ten years of experience in community health systems. Prior to joining Last Mile Health, she worked under the Government of South Sudan to support eradication of neglected tropical disease efforts and in New Delhi and Bihar, India on disaster risk reduction programmes. She holds an MPH from Columbia University in Forced Migration and Health.
Marion Subah is Last Mile Health’s Country Director in Liberia, where she manages the organization’s partnership with the Ministry of Health to scale and sustain the National Community Health Assistant Program, the country’s first national community health worker program. In this role, she leads the organization’s technical assistance to the government, manages the implementation of the program across three counties, and oversees a staff of 180 people.
Marion brings over 35 years of experience as a public health specialist and program manager leading health systems strengthening programs across Liberia focused on reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health and human resources for health. Prior to joining Last Mile Health, Marion provided management and technical oversight for Jhpeigo’s portfolio in Liberia for 10 years. Marion started her career working for the Ministry of Health as a clinician and went on to lead the National Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Program as Director of the Family Health Division. Marion has led programs for several national and international organizations, including the Christian Health Association of Liberia, World Vision, Africare, and Medical Teams International. In 2021, Marion was elected as President of the West African College of Nursing. She is a Certified Registered Nurse Midwife, a Certified Maternal Child Health Registered Nurse, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, and a member of the Education Committee of the International Confederation of Midwives.
Brittney Varpilah is the Deputy Country Director, Programs in Liberia. In this role, she oversees our health system strengthening efforts and supports the Liberia Ministry of Health to scale and institutionalize the National Community Health Assistant Program, which is the country’s first national community health worker program. She joined the Last Mile Health team in 2016 as a consultant to support the Ministry of Health to develop the 2016-2021 Community Health Services Policy and lead the design of the accompanying curriculum for the National Community Health Assistant Program.
Previously, Brittney worked at Mercy Corps in Liberia on youth development and community health programming and at World Learning where she led international youth exchange programming. She holds a Master of Arts in International Education from the School for International Training and Bachelor of Arts in International and Global Studies from the University of Maine.
Abraham Zerihun Megentta is the Ethiopia Program Director for Last Mile Health. In this role, Abraham oversees our work with the Federal Ministry of Health in Ethiopia to upskill the community health workforce. He leads several initiatives, including blended in-service training for community health workers, digital training for COVID-19 response, and health system leadership development for health leaders.
Abraham brings extensive experience working in public health programs implemented at primary healthcare and community levels to his work with Last Mile Health. Prior to joining our team, he worked at UNAIDS, Clinton Health Access Initiative, Yale University, and the Children Investment Fund Foundation in roles dedicated to health management, health system strengthening, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, and human resources for health in Ethiopia, Jamaica, Lesotho, and Rwanda. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from Addis Ababa University and a Masters in Public Health from Mekele University.
Dr. Raj Panjabi is President Emeritus and Co-Founder of Last Mile Health and Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. Raj has served as Technical Advisor to former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in her role as Co-Chair, alongside former Prime Minister Helen Clark, of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response at the World Health Organization. Raj grew up in Liberia and fled Liberia’s civil war with his family when he was nine years old, becoming a refugee in the United States of America. He returned to Liberia as a medical student and then in 2007 co-founded Last Mile Health, a non-profit organization working to save lives in the world’s most remote communities, and served for 14 years as CEO.
Raj has authored or co-authored over 50 publications. Panjabi has worked on rural community-based primary health care systems in Alaska, Africa, and Afghanistan. Raj is a Gavi Champion, member of the International Advisory Group for Frontlines First at the Global Financing Facility, advisor to the Community Health Roadmap, and a member of the Community Health Worker Hub at the World Health Organization, where he served on the External Review Group for the WHO’s guidelines on health policy and system support to optimize community health worker programs. He has chaired a global study with the Gates Ventures and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation investigating lessons learned from exemplar community-based health care programs.
Raj was named by TIME as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World and one of the 50 Most Influential People in Healthcare. He has been listed as one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune. Panjabi is a recipient of the TED Prize, Clinton Global Citizen Award, the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and is a Schwab Social Entrepreneur at the World Economic Forum. In 2017, the Government of Liberia recognized Raj with one of Liberia’s highest civilian honors: Distinction of Knight Commander of the Most Venerable Order of the Pioneers of the Republic of Liberia.
Raj has served as a Beck Visiting Social Innovator at Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and primary care at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He received a Master of Public Health in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School.
Brad Mak is a Portfolio Manager at MFS Investment Management in Boston where he co-manages a global growth fund and serves on the firm’s Sustainable Investment and Impact Fund Steering Committees. Previously, Brad served as the US Technology Sector Team Leader and as an Analyst. He also spent time working out of the firm’s Tokyo and Singapore offices. Prior to MFS, Brad was an Analyst at Highbridge Capital Management and a Strategic Planning Manager at Genentech. Brad’s nonprofit experience has focused on applying private sector best practices to mission driven organizations. Brad was a founding board member and Finance Chair for the DREAM Charter School in East Harlem and has volunteered with The World Bank in Bangladesh, Doctors Without Borders in Latin America and The Full Circle Fund in San Francisco. Brad holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an BA in Human Biology from Brown University, where he was a Royce Fellow and co-founded the Providence RI chapter of Health Leads.
Olusoji (Soji) Adeyi is the President of Resilient Health Systems, a policy analysis and advisory services firm in Washington DC. He also serves as Senior Associate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In his prior career at the World Bank, he served as Director of the Health, Nutrition, and Population Global Practice, and as Senior Advisor for Human Development. Soji was the founding Director of the Affordable Medicines Facility-malaria at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He has led a number of initiatives on global health policies and strategies, and analyses of the integration of health systems and health interventions. Soji has extensive experience in policies, strategies and programs for health systems, service delivery, and disease control at the global, regional, and country levels across the world. He has also had responsibilities with the Federal Ministry of Health in Nigeria, the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, and Harvard School of Public Health. Soji has authored many research papers and books on health policy, health systems, service delivery, quality of care, maternal health, health financing, disease control, and pollution.
Peggy Clark is Vice President of Policy Programs and Executive Director of Aspen Global Innovators Group. Peggy has had a 30-year career working on issues of poverty alleviation, global health, social enterprise, and development finance. Serving in founding and leadership roles at the Aspen Institute, the Ford Foundation, Save the Children, Realizing Rights, and on boards including Root Capital, Last Mile Health, Impact Assets, the African Leaders Malaria Alliance and the Calvert Foundation, Peggy has been a leading figure in identifying and building industries, movements, and creative advocacy on key issues of our times. Peggy received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Microenterprise from President Bill Clinton, and was instrumental in passage of the WHO Global Code of Practice on the Ethical Recruitment of Health Workers. Currently, Peggy provides strategic oversight and guidance to the Aspen Institute’s 30 policy programs and directs a portfolio of programs promoting breakthrough solutions to global development in the areas of health innovation, leadership and entrepreneurship. Previously, Peggy served as the Executive Vice President of the Aspen Institute, co-founder and Managing Director of Realizing Rights, Chair of the Women’s Program Forum at the Ford Foundation, and as the first Director of Small Scale Enterprise and Credit at Save the Children Federation.
Tim Evans joined McGill University in September 2019 as the Inaugural Director and Associate Dean of the School of Population and Global Health in the Faculty of Medicine. Previously, Tim served as the Senior Director of the Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice at the World Bank Group. From 2010 to 2013, Tim was Dean of the James P. Grant School of Public Health at BRAC University in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and Senior Advisor to the BRAC Health Program. From 2003 to 2010, he was Assistant Director General at the World Health Organization. Prior to this, he served as Director of the Health Equity Theme at the Rockefeller Foundation. Earlier in his career he was an attending physician of internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and was Assistant Professor in International Health Economics at the Harvard School of Public Health. Tim has been at the forefront of advancing global health equity and strengthening health systems delivery for more than 20 years. At WHO, he led the Commission on Social Determinants of Health and oversaw the production of the annual World Health Report. He has been a co-founder of many partnerships including the Global Alliance on Vaccines and Immunization as well as efforts to increase access to HIV treatment for mothers and innovative approaches to training community-based midwives in Bangladesh. Tim received his Medical Degree from McMaster University in Canada and was a Research and Internal Medicine Resident at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He earned a D.Phil. in Agricultural Economics from University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.
Pooja Kumar is a principal in McKinsey’s Boston office. A physician by training, Pooja focuses on health systems growth, partnership strategies, and operational transformations in markets experiencing payment reform. She has worked across public and private sector institutions, profit and not-for-profit health systems, and leads much of McKinsey’s academic medical center work and the Firm’s knowledge development on physician strategy. She has worked extensively on refugee health with UNHCR (Congo-Zambia border), Save the Children (East Timor), UNICEF (India), the International Rescue Committee (Azerbaijan), and Doctors without Borders. Pooja holds a BA in Health Policy from Duke University, an MSc from Oxford University where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and an MD from Harvard Medical School.
PATRICE MATCHABA, MD
President, Novartis US Foundation
Dr. Patrice Matchaba is the President of the Novartis US Foundation. Prior to serving as President, Patrice served in a number of leadership roles at Novartis, including the Novartis Group Head of Global Health and Corporate Responsibility from 2017-2021, as well as the Global Head of Cardiometabolic Drug Development Unit, and Global Head of Drug Safety and Epidemiology. Previously, Patrice ran a practice in Obstetrics and Gynecology in South Africa and worked at the Medical Research Council in Cape Town teaching systematic reviews and meta-analysis methodologies. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Capitals Coalition. Patrice received a Gold Medal from the Fellowship of the College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of South Africa for Residency at King Edward Hospital Natal, and completed the Management Development Program from Harvard Business School. He holds a Bachelor of Science with distinction in Chemistry from the University of Lesotho, and a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery with honors from the University of Zimbabwe.
Dr. Moses B. F. Massaquoi currently serves as Country Director for Clinton Health Access Initiative Liberia. He has over twenty-five years of public health and clinical experience as a recognized expert in nursing, medicine, surgery, public health, infectious disease, humanitarian services, disaster preparedness, and epidemics in conflicts and vulnerable settings. He has worked in many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa with international organizations. He is well published in international scientific and medical journals, has presented at several international health conferences, serves as a peer reviewer, and sits on numerous international health-related boards.
Robtel Neajai Pailey is a Liberian academic, activist, and author of the monograph Development, (Dual) Citizenship and Its Discontents in Africa: The Political Economy of Belonging to Liberia as well as the anti-corruption children’s books Gbagba and Jaadeh!. With over 15 years of combined professional experiences in Africa, Europe and North America, she has worked across a broad range of fields while supporting universities, governments, media institutions, multilateral, regional, non-governmental and community-based organisations. Robtel previously served as special assistant for communications to Liberia’s (and Africa’s) first democratically elected female president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, as well as Ibrahim Leadership Fellow in the executive office of the African Development Bank Group. She completed BA degrees in African Studies and English Literature at Howard University, an MSc in African Studies at the University of Oxford and a PhD in Development Studies at SOAS, University of London.
Wendy Taylor is a global innovation pioneer who has worked for the last 20 years catalyzing innovations to tackle some of the world’s toughest global health challenges and utilizing market-based solutions to scale for impact. Most recently, she was awarded a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship to explore how to advance opportunities in artificial intelligence, digital and data technologies to transform global health, including applying advanced outbreak analytics to pandemic threats enabling effective outbreak prediction, earlier detection and precision response. In 2010, Wendy founded and built the Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact at the US Agency for International Development to apply innovative, business-minded approaches to accelerate the development, introduction and scale-up of priority global health innovations. In 2004, Wendy founded Bio Ventures for Global Health, a non-profit working to engage the biopharmaceutical industry in developing medicines for diseases of the developing world. Wendy also advises a number of start-ups, non-profits, and foundations. Wendy received a BA from Duke University and a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University.
Ms. Collins is Head of Sustainable Investing. She is responsible for leading Putnam’s investment research, strategy implementation, and thought leadership on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues. Ms. Collins collaborates with portfolio managers and analysts on ESG integration, assessing the fundamental relevance of ESG issues at a security level, and the potential for alpha generation and risk mitigation at a portfolio level. In addition, she is a portfolio manager of Putnam Sustainable Future Fund and Putnam Sustainable Leaders Fund. Ms. Collins joined Putnam in 2017 and has been in the investment industry since 1990.
A recognized thought leader, Ms. Collins provides analysis on current and emerging trends in sustainable investing. She is the author of The Nature of Investing: Resilient Investment Strategies through Biomimicry. In 2009, Ms. Collins founded Honeybee Capital, an independent investment research firm focused on sustainable investment issues.
Ms. Collins is the Chair of Putnam’s ESG Committee, which leads ESG initiatives across the firm. She also serves on numerous boards, including Last Mile Health, Santa Fe Institute, Omega Institute, and Harvard Divinity School Dean’s Council.
Senior Associate, KONU
Managing Director, Communications, Gates Ventures
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Managing Director, Health and Life Sciences, Gates Ventures
NANCEE OKU BRIGHT
Senior International Civil Servant
Non-profit Consultant and Researcher
Executive Director, The ELMA Philanthropies
Advisor and Founding Dean, BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University
Founder and Principal, Cause First Consulting; Former Founding Managing Director, Co-Impact
Public Health Physician and Former Director of Health Systems and Services Cluster, WHO Regional Office for Africa
Emergency Physician and Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Columbia University; Advisor to the Ministry of Health for the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
Founder & Chairman, BetterWorld Trust
President Emeritus, IntraHealth
CEO, Precision Global Health
Dean, Brown University School of Public Health
HER EXCELLENCY PRESIDENT ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF
Founder, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Presidential Center for Women and Development; Health Workforce Ambassador, World Health Organization; Former President of Liberia
Investment Director, LGT Venture Philanthropy
Malawi Country Director, VillageReach
KIM KELLER, MSC.
Executive Director, David & Anita Keller Foundation
JENNIFER CAROLYN KING
Co-Founder and President, Rugged Elegance Foundation
JIMMY KOLKER, Advisory Council Chair
Former Secretary for Global Affairs, US Department of Health and Human Services; Former US Ambassador to Burkina Faso and Uganda
RANDALL LANE, Advisory Council Chair Emeritus
Editor and Chief Content Officer, Forbes Magazine; Co-Founder, Forbes 400 Philanthropy Summit
Co-Founder, Physicians for Human Rights; Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Health Program Director, UBS Optimus Foundation
Founder and CEO, Co-Impact
K. RIVA LEVINSON
President and CEO, KRL International
Director, Programs, Co-Impact
Head of Partnerships, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Presidential Center
President, Virgin Unite
Founder and President, mPedigree; Vice President, IMANI Centre for Policy and Education
CEO and President, King Philanthropies
DREW VON GLAHN
Executive Director, Collaborative for Frontier Finance
Head of Operations, Adjuvant Capital
CEO, Weiss Asset Management; Co-Founder, Child Relief International
Head, Centre on Global Health Security, Chatham House
Deputy Director, Global Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation