Updated: Mar 14
Mazen Al-Malkawi - Regional Advisor for Climate and Environment, World Health Organization
Tala Al Ramahi
Ms. Jane Blake, MS, PMP has decades of experience in global health security, including biosurveillance, biosafety and biosecurity research and operations; Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) implementation; biological threat reduction program evaluation; and capability and capacity building within the U.S. and internationally. As deputy program manager for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Biological Threat Reduction Program (BTRP), Jane co-led an 80+ contractor team providing technical, logistical, and acquisition support and was a primary architect of BTRP’s sustainment strategy and metrics framework. Prior to her DTRA work, her experience includes leading research and development teams building biosurveillance tools and models, to include co-founding several start-up ventures dedicated to biosurveillance, disease forecasting, and risk modeling for disaster scenarios. Jane received a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service and a Master of Science in Microbiology and Immunology from Georgetown University. She has authored multiple papers on global health security, biological threat detection, and biological risk perception in peer-reviewed journals and is currently Jacob’s Global Health Security Director.
Sohini Chatterjee – Managing Director, Malaria No More
Sohini Chatterjee joined Malaria No More in 2023 as Managing Director of Global Policy and Advocacy. She served as a Presidential Appointee in the United States Department of State as Senior Policy Advisor to the US Ambassador to the United Nations. She also served as a Presidential Appointee in the Obama Administration where she led multiple White House initiatives and directives on global development and governance. Sohini is an international attorney who worked on the first ever international trade case before the US Supreme Court and served as lead counsel in numerous international human rights, domestic violence and family law cases. She was an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and has consulted on global governance issues for The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), The World Bank, Independent International Legal Advocates, Humanity United, Chemonics International, and the Asia Foundation. Ms. Chatterjee has a J.D. from Duke University School of Law, an M.A. in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies at John Hopkins University, and a B.A. magna cum laude in English Literature from Columbia University.
James Colborn – Senior Advisor, Malaria – Clinton Health Access Initiative
Dr. Colborn is the Senior Malaria Advisor for CHAI in Mozambique. He has been working in malaria for nearly 20 years and has been working to integrate climate change into malaria and other public health work in Mozambique for the past 10 years. He has also worked with USAID, WHO and others to promote adaptation and resiliency to climate-sensitive diseases in the developing world. He is also the current President of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene’s (ASTMH) Committee on Global Health (ACGH).
Felipe J Colón-González – Technology Lead, Data for Science and Health, Wellcome Trust
Felipe is a Technology Lead in the Data for Science and Health Team at Wellcome. He has a background in climate-sensitive infectious disease modelling, and at Wellcome, he specifically focuses on how to fund innovative digital tools and technologies that advance research on climate and health. Before Wellcome, Felipe worked in climate-sensitive infectious disease modelling for 15 years. Felipe has contributed multiple papers to several reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on the impacts of global warming on vector-borne infectious diseases
Colleen Connell – Managing Director, Health Finance Coalition
Colleen Connell is the Managing Director for the Health Finance Coalition, hosted by Malaria No More. From 2018-2020, Colleen was the Chief Markets Officer, then Sr. Advisor for Business Development and Investments at MedAccess, where she helped design and build an investment pipeline and stand-up the organization. She also worked for more than 11 years with the Clinton Health Access Initiative. Colleen holds a B.S. from Fordham University and an MBA from Yale University.
Yacine Djibo – Founder & Executive Director, Speak Up Africa
Yacine Djibo founded Speak Up Africa in 2011 to discover and implement effective, sustainable solutions to the most challenging problems facing the African people. Focusing on strategic communications, policy and advocacy, Speak Up Africa is dedicated to collaborating with African leaders and citizens to take on issues such as malaria, neglected tropical diseases and sanitation in order to save and improve lives.
Yacine Djibo currently sits on the Board of the Sabin Vaccine Institute and the Faecal sludge Management Alliance and serves in an advisory capacity to several organizations, including the Malaria Eradication Scientific Alliance (MESA), GeneConvene Global Collaborative and UNITLIFE.
Previously, Yacine Djibo worked as the Senegal country director for Malaria No More, where she developed and managed several high-profile national programs to promote malaria prevention and treatment.
Prior to devoting her career to the health and well-being of children and families in Africa, Yacine Djibo honed her skills in the areas of business administration, finance and real estate at several private-sector companies.
Dung Do – Vietnam National Institute of Malariology, Parasitology and Entomology (NIMPE)
Do Trung Dung is General Medical Doctor from Vietnam, who graduated from Thai Binh Medical University. He later received his MS on Tropical Medicine from Mahidol University and a PhD in Medical Parasitology. He currently works as a researcher and head of the Parasitology Department, at the National Institute of Malariology, Parasitology and Entomology, in the MOH, Vietnam. He has conducted research on epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of parasitic diseases in Vietnam since 2003, and has been involved in the elimination program for Lymphatic Filariasis and the control and elimination program for Malaria since 2010.
Martin Edlund – CEO, Malaria No More
Martin Edlund is a founding member and Chief Executive Officer of Malaria No More, a globally recognized non-profit with the visionary mission to end humanity’s oldest, deadliest disease in our lifetimes. During his tenure, Martin has played a lead role in mobilizing global political will, government resources, and innovations to scale life-saving interventions for the global malaria campaign. Martin also serves as Executive Director of the Health Finance Coalition, which is raising substantial private capital to help achieve Africa’s public health goals through blended-finance structures that count leading global corporates, major Development Finance Institutions (DFIs), and top foundations as investors. Martin lived and worked in West Africa as Malaria No More’s Director of New Programs, where he helped lead innovative net distribution, testing and education campaigns with Youssou N’Dour, government officials, and media partners in Senegal, Cameroon, Tanzania, Nigeria, and Chad. Prior to joining MNM, Martin was a journalist for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The New Republic, and a political consultant in Washington, D.C., specializing in online campaign strategies. He is a graduate of Harvard University.
Mohamed Eissa – Liaison Officer for Public Health Issues, IFMSA
Mohamed is a recently graduated medical doctor from Egypt. He has been volunteering in the public health field for 6 years, allowing him to gain extensive experience in different public health issues such as NCDs including Mental Health, Infectious diseases, Climate Change and Environmental issues, Health systems and UHC, AMR, Health Equity and Determinants of Health etc.. He is currently the Liaison Officer for Public Health Issues at the IFMSA, Youth Leadership Board Member at the Global Youth Coalition for Road Safety and Climate Change and COVID-19 Youth Associate at WHO Egypt.
Omnia El Omrani – COP27 Youth Envoy
Omnia El Omrani is the first official Youth Envoy for the COP27 President and a medical doctor from Egypt. She is a Climate Change and Health Junior Policy Fellow at Imperial College London and has more than seven years of experience in climate change facilitating over 74 hours of training sessions in 15 countries globally. She is a Commissioner at the Lancet-Chatham House Commission on Post-COVID Population Health, a Youth Sounding Board member of the EU DG-INTPA, an associate at Women Leaders for Planetary Health, and a member of the Global Youth Coalition for Road Safety and UNICEF-Az Youth Leaders Program.
Ahmed Elsayed – Executive Director, JPAL MENA
Peace Dziedzom Gbeckor-Kove – Ghana Environmental Protection Agency
Peace Dziedzom Gbeckor-Kove is a Principal Programme Officer in the Natural Resources Department of Environmental Protection Agency – Ghana. She has over decade’s experience in Integrated Coastal Zone Management, Ocean governance, Environmental Impact Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment. Her research areas include ocean governance and policy, biodiversity conservation, invasive species & marine spatial planning coastal erosion, and climate change. She has collaborated with stakeholders both locally and internationally on research projects, educational campaigns and policy formulation in the environmental sector. She is currently working on a collaborative study on Coastal Community Resilience to Climate and Diarrhoea (C2R-CD) Project, funded by DANIDA and with partners from University of Ghana, Aarhus University, Denmark, Peoples Dialogue of Humanity, Ghana and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of Ghana. Her works on the project include conducting research on health facility resilience to climate change in coastal communities. The overall goal of the C2R-CD project is to build resilience to climate change and improve diarrhoeal management in selected coastal communities.
Hosni Ghedira – Director, Mohamed bin Zayed University for Artificial Intelligence
Dr. Ghedira is an expert in artificial intelligence with extensive experience in research, innovation, and new technologies. His scientific interests include earth observation and microclimate modeling. He brings experience applying machine learning and data analytics to climate modeling and forecasting as well as the application of sensing technology and other detection methods for malaria diagnosis.
James Golden – Chief Data Officer - Rockefeller Foundation
James (Jim) Golden is a data scientist and entrepreneur focused on applying emerging computational approaches to difficult business and societal problems.
Jim is the Chief Data Officer (CDO) of the Pandemic Prevention Institute at the Rockefeller Foundation.
Prior to the Rockefeller Foundation, he was the CEO of World Quant Predictive - a technology-enabled services company, reimagining data science and AI for prediction. Prediction lies at the heart of decision-making under uncertainty. Jim’s background is in the business of creating accurate predictions through improved signal detection and modeling, framing critical business and societal challenges as prediction problems, and solving them by leveraging the latest advances in Data Science, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.
Jim has a B.S. in mathematics and computer science from Rhodes College, Memphis, TN; an M.S. in computer science from the University of Tennessee Space Institute in Tullahoma, TN; and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Vanderbilt University.
Evie Gray – Global Health Communications Manager, GSK
Evie leads external communications for GSK’s Global Health Unit, working across everything the unit does to reduce health inequalities: R&D for infectious diseases which disproportionately impact underserved people, capacity building partnerships and programmes to expand access to GSK’s medicines and vaccines. Evie has a particular interest in the links between climate change and health, with a focus on putting health at the centre of climate action. She joined GSK over five years ago after completing a Master’s degree in Public Policy and has held communications, advocacy and policy roles in several parts of the business including ViiV (GSK’s specialist HIV company) and the vaccines product area.
Paul Gunstensen – Global Safe Water Director, Evidence Action
Paul is the Global Safe Water Director at Evidence Action and has been working in the international water and sanitation sector for almost 20 years, with a focus on Africa and Asia. His experience spans rural and urban programming, enterprise development and market-based solutions as well as philanthropy and impact investment.
Kimberly Humphrey – Climate Change and Human Health Fellow, Harvard C-CHANGE
Dr Kimberly Humphrey, MD MPH, is an emergency medicine specialist from Australia, with expertise focused on the impacts of climate change on health and health systems. She is a Fellow in Climate Change and Human Health at The Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights. Kimberly has played a key role in climate advocacy and policy development for the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine, and in the development of climate and health policy for the South Australian Government where she works as a public health medical consultant. Kimberly holds additional postgraduate qualifications in emergency and disaster management, clinical education, health informatics and medical administration. Her research is solutions focused with an emphasis on the health impacts of climate change on individuals and communities, and involves community based interventions, public and preventative health approaches, and building of health system resiliency to enable better responses to climate related disasters and climate related health impacts.
Priya Kanayson – Global Institute for Disease Elimination (GLIDE)
Priya Kanayson is a public health policy and advocacy specialist with extensive experience in global health and development. She has a track record of cultivating relationships with high-level partners and building consensus among diverse stakeholders for effective advocacy and policy outcomes in cross-cultural settings. Previously, she was the Policy & Advocacy Manager for the NCD Alliance, where she led advocacy on the integration of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) with HIV/AIDs, tuberculosis, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH), universal health coverage (UHC), and financing for health.
Priya holds a Master of Public Health with the distinction of Delta Omega from New York University, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of California, San Diego.
Corine Karema - Interim CEO, RBM Partnership to End Malaria
Nino Kharaishvili - Global Solutions Director | Health System Governance, Jacobs
Dr. Nino Kharaishvili is an international health professional with working knowledge of 40 different countries across the former Soviet Union, Africa, Southeast Asia, and Middle East. She has over 20 years of international health consulting experience and has managed teams specializing in global health security, health system resilience, health policy, etc. Dr. Kharaishvili has a breadth of experience in defining paths for health system sustainability and resilience, as well as designing and implementing various pandemic preparedness exercises aimed at improving public health emergency preparedness and response. Dr. Kharaishvili partnered with global health agencies to implement health system-strengthening projects, assess national and multi-sectoral emergency response capacities, address resource challenges and constraints, and enhance communication strategies. Currently, Dr. Kharaishvili serves as Jacobs’ Global Health Director for Health System Governance and focuses on health system resilience and preparedness.
Benjamin Krause - Executive Director, Development Innovation Lab & Development Economics Center, University of Chicago
Benjamin Krause serves as founding Executive Director at the University of Chicago for both the Development Economics Center as well as for Nobel Laureate Michael Kremer’s Development Innovation Lab. He also oversees the Weiss Fund for Research in Development Economics.
An economist and social sector leader, Ben has built multiple organizations from the ground up with research collaborations and government partnerships spanning dozens of low- and lower-middle-income countries. Most recently he was at UC Berkeley completing his Ph.D. in development economics and political economy. Prior to that, Ben led the transformation of Sean Penn’s J/P Haitian Relief Organization - now CORE - from a small group of emergency response volunteers to a professional Haitian development institution with more than a thousand staff. He managed integrated watershed management and humanitarian response efforts for Catholic Relief Services both in Haiti and in Ethiopia, revived Uganda Village Project leading its first strategic planning process, and spent several years with the Jesuits. He is an active member of multiple nonprofit boards including Rainn Wilson's LIDE Foundation.
Ben also holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Spanish from Xavier University, an M.A. from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and an M.Sc. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from UC Berkeley.
Michael Kremer – Nobel Laureate and Professor of Economics, University of Chicago (by video feed)
Swati Mahajan – Lead, Health Systems Strengthening, Southeast Asia - PATH
Dr. Swati Mahajan is the Lead for Health Systems Strengthening for PATH South Asia wherein her role is to provide overall strategic direction, leadership, management and expansion of PATH’s health systems, technology and innovations portfolio for India country program and South Asia hub. Swati is a public health professional, and a passionate leader with more than 15 years of rich public health experience in conceptualizing, designing, implementing, monitoring, and managing large scale projects related to Health Systems’ Strengthening, Primary Healthcare, Human Resources for Health, Infectious & non-infectious diseases, Public Health Surveillance and pandemic preparedness in close coordination with national and state governments.
Vini Mahajan – Secretary – Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation, India (by video feed)
Richard Maude – Epidemiology Department Head, Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit
Professor Maude is Head of the Epidemiology Department at Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit, Bangkok, Thailand where he has worked since 2007. A consultant physician and Professor of Tropical Medicine at the University of Oxford, he leads multidisciplinary, policy-focussed research which combines field studies, descriptive epidemiology and modelling of communicable diseases in the Asia-Pacific region. He also leads the Health GeoLab Hub at MORU which aims to strengthen and sustain the technical capacity of the health sector in countries in the Asia-Pacific Region in the management and use of geospatial data and technologies through research, technical support and training.
Hendricks Mgodie – Ministry of Health, Malawi
I work with Ministry of Health; Malawi. My roles fall under the Directorate of Preventive Health Services specifically Environmental Health. Currently am responsible for all services to do with Climate Change and Human Health at the national level including emergencies as well as disasters. I am the Climate Change and Human Health Expert with a Public Health background with a bias in Health Systems obtained at Queen Margaret University; Scotland.
Zied Mhirsi – Senior Director, Global Health Strategies
Zied is the Middle East and North Africa portfolio leader at Global Health Strategies, leveraging over 15 years of experience across philanthropy, government, civil society, and private sector. Prior to joining GHS, Zied devoted his efforts to fighting infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis in Africa and the Middle East. Zied is a trilingual medical doctor with two Masters in Public Health from the American University of Beirut and the University of Washington. He is also the co-founder of the Tunisian Center for Public Health, and serves as the president of Tunisian American Young Professionals. Zied is a Fulbright Alumnus and a Tutu fellow.
Jeni Miller – Executive Director – Global Climate and Health Alliance
Dr. Jeni Miller is Executive Director of the Global Climate and Health Alliance, where she coordinates the joint efforts of national, regional and international health organizations addressing climate change. The Alliance works to minimize the health impacts of climate change and to maximize the health benefits of climate solutions, through leadership, advocacy, policy, research, and engagement. On behalf of the Alliance, Dr. Miller co-chairs the WHO-Civil Society Working Group on Climate and Health. She has two decades’ experience working on policy- and systems-change strategies to improve community environments for health, in leading initiatives addressing childhood asthma, childhood obesity, climate change, health equity, and healthy community redevelopment. Miller received her doctorate from the University of California – Berkeley.
Martin Muchangi – Director, Population Health and Environment, AMREF
Martin Muchangi is the Director for Population Health and Environment at Amref. He holds a master's degree in public health and is a Doctor of Philosophy Candidate studying in the same field. Martin has 17 years of professional experience in the Public Health, particularly in the African context. He has devoted his career to designing and implementing innovative, fit for purpose public health programs in different contexts across Africa. His expertise includes climate change, water sanitation and hygiene, neglected tropical diseases and implementation science in the same fields.
His recent work has involved testing various public health financing models, economic evaluation for public health programs, market research and evaluations on health-related quality of life (HRQoL). He is a management team member of intercontinental FINISH (Financial Inclusion Improves Sanitation and Health) Mondial Program, member of International Coalition for Trachoma Control (ICTC), Neglected Tropical Diseases NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) Network (NNN) and a member of various global working groups in climate change, neglected tropical diseases and water sanitation and hygiene (WASH&NTDs).
Prior to joining Amref, Martin worked with Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH) in Kenya, Action Against Hunger (ACF) Medair in Switzerland and the Government of Kenya in various positions.
Trevor Mundel - President, Global Health - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Burcu Munyas Ghadially - Director, Programme Development and Quality, Save the Children Malawi
Burcu is an international development professional and passionate child rights advocate with seventeen years of experience at country, regional, and global levels. Burcu holds a BA in International Relations and an MA in International Peace Studies. She has worked with Catholic Relief Services in the occupied Palestinian territories, Cambodia, Indonesia, and the Philippines, supporting the design and management of high-profile, sensitive, and complex emergency, early recovery, livelihoods, psychosocial, youth development, and peacebuilding programs. During this time, she also held a Regional Technical Adviser for a Peacebuilding role for the Middle East Region. She then followed her husband to the UK and joined Oxfam GB’s Programme Performance and Accountability Team in Oxford. She joined Save the Children in 2011, and since then she has taken a variety of roles in Programme Policy and Quality and Global Child Poverty teams, including global and regional roles supporting the collective and consultative articulation and delivery of Save the Children’s child poverty ambition, with a focus on child-sensitive social protection.
In October 2021, she moved to Malawi with her family to take up the Programme Development and Quality Director role with Save the Children. She looks after a team of experts driving new business development, programme quality, evidence building, and policy influence. She is currently leading SC Malawi’s Green Climate Fund application, aiming to improve climate resilience of the health system in Malawi.
Bill Pan – Associate Professor, Global Environmental Health – Duke University
William Pan is the Elizabeth Brooks Reid and Whitelaw Reid Associate Professor of Global Environmental Health at Duke University. Dr. Pan has over 20 years of experience studying the proximate and underlying drivers influencing feedbacks between humans and the environment that impact human health, with research and policy projects primarily in low- and middle-income countries. He received doctoral training in biostatistics with additional focus on infectious disease epidemiology, land use science and spatial modeling. With over 150 scientific publications, he is an expert on malaria epidemiology, climate-environment based forecasting systems, impact assessments of resource extractive activities and heavy metal exposures (mercury, lead, arsenic). He serves on several Science Advisory Committees, including the Institute of Malaria and Climate Solutions, Population-Environment Research Network, NC One Health Collaborative, MINAMATA Effectiveness Evaluation (Global Mercury Treaty), and Tripartite One Health Field Epidemiology Competency Framework. He currently leads research to evaluate the impact of migration networks on malaria transmission and implementation of climate-based malaria forecasting models in Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, and Panama, as well as studying longitudinal cohorts in Ecuador and Peru to assess developmental impacts of mercury exposure from artisanal and small-scale gold mining. He has an extensive record of interdisciplinary collaboration and international capacity development which resulted in Dr. Pan being awarded the 2012 James E. Grizzle Distinguished Alumni (UNC-Chapel Hill) and the 2015 NIH Fogarty International Center Director’s Award.
Montira Pongsiri – Senior Advisor, Climate and Health, Save the Children
Montira is the Senior Advisor on Climate Change and Health at Save the Children. She was the first Science Advisor at the U.S. Mission to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Jakarta, Indonesia where she led the Mission’s efforts to work with Member States to apply science and technology to support ASEAN’s sustainability goals and to strengthen the capacity of science-based policy-making.
She was an Environmental Health Scientist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Research and Development where she developed and led a research initiative on biodiversity and human health that studied the links between anthropogenic stressors, changes in biodiversity, and infectious disease transmission. Montira was the agency’s lead on technical partnerships with the Smithsonian Institution. As a member of The Rockefeller Foundation Lancet Commission on Planetary Health, she brought expertise on environmental change-human disease linkages. She is a Council Member of the Southeast Asia Science Advice Network and serves on the Steering Committee of the Future Earth Health Knowledge Action Network. Montira’s primary research and science policy interests are in applying a scientific understanding of the relationship between the condition of natural systems and human health for long-term sustainability impact.
Dave Ripin - Chief Science Officer, Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)
Dr. David Ripin is the Executive Vice President of Infectious Diseases, and the Chief Science Officer at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). In these roles, he oversees CHAI’s work on increasing access to medicines and diagnostics for HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, and other disease areas through the use of sustainable market interventions. CHAI’s Access program has successfully implemented agreements with pharmaceutical companies to lower the price of key drugs and diagnostics by up to 80 percent, among other achievements. He also oversees the strategy and work of CHAI’s Malaria program.
Dr. Ripin joined CHAI in 2007. Prior to assuming his current role, he led CHAI’s Pharmaceutical Sciences Team, which conducts research and development work. These efforts focus on reducing the cost of key drugs through recommending formulation, manufacturing process, and sourcing improvements, as well as conducting the transfer of these processes to manufacturing partners. Dr. Ripin is actively involved in setting international priorities for HIV drug optimization work, including organizing the Conference on Antiretroviral Drug Optimization in 2009. Before joining CHAI, he worked at Pfizer, Inc. for 10 years as part of the research and development group, focusing on the commercialization and manufacturing of drug candidates.
Dr. Ripin received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Asian Studies from the Washington University in St. Louis and obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard University.
Hammam Riza – President, Indonesia Agency for Assessment and Application of Technology
Professor Riza has extensive experience in ICT, with emphasis in research and innovation corporate management, with research interest in language technology, enterprise information system, broadband communication including exposure in research, development, and operation of IT systems and networks.
He held government positions as President/CEO (2019-2021), executive Chief Information Officer (CIO), Deputy Chairman (2014-2018) and Director of Center for ICT (2010-2014) at the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology – BPPT, Government of Indonesia, delivering technological innovation to various Ministries and Agencies and global research institutions. He was the Director of Science and Technology Information Network (IPTEKnet) BPPT, the first licensed internet service provider in Indonesia (1995). He has received many awards and citation including Satya Lancana Karya Satya XXX Tahun, Satya Lancana Pembangunan, Satya Lancana Wira Karya from the Presiden of Republic of Indonesia.
He is the President of Indonesia Collaborative AI Association (KORIKA), Chairman of Institute of Indonesia Technology Auditor (IATI), Vice President of ASEAN CIO Association, senate member of Indonesia Internet Organization (PANDI), and the Honorary member of Indonesian Telecommunication Society (MASTEL), the Supervisory Committee for Indonesian Internet Association (APJII). He has certification from Institute of Indonesian Engineers (BKE-PII) as Principal Professional Engineer (IPU), and received the Honorary Member of ASEAN engineers (AFEO).
Marina Romanello – Executive Director, Lancet Countdown for Climate and Health Action
Ramon San Pascual – Executive Director, Health Care Without Harm SE Asia
As ED, Mon leads in the transformative work in greening and building climate-resilient healthcare covers countries in SE Asia including as Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Korea, Cambodia, Laos. The range of programs and projects here include renewable energy, waste management, energy efficiency, plastics in healthcare, climate and health, sustainable procurement, and substitution of chemicals of concern.
We work with Ministry of Health, public hospitals, private healthcare facilities, faith-based clinics and health care systems in the region.
Peter Sands – Executive Director – Global Fund
Peter Sands has been the Executive Director of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria since March 2018. Since June 2015 Peter has been a Research Fellow at Harvard University, dividing his time between the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard Global Health Institute. Peter was Group CEO of Standard Chartered PLC from November 2006 to June 2015, having joined the Board of Standard Chartered as Group CFO in May 2002. Prior to joining Standard Chartered, Peter was a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Co. Peter has served on various boards and commissions, including the UK’s Department of Health, the World Economic Forum and the International Advisory Board of the Monetary Authority of Singapore. Peter graduated from Oxford University with a First Class degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He also received a Master's in Public Administration from Harvard University, where he was a Harkness Fellow. Peter, who grew up in Singapore and Malaysia, is married to author Betsy Tobin and has four children.
Kaushik Sarkar – Director, Institute for Malaria and Climate Solutions (IMACS)
Kaushik Sarkar – Director, Institute for Malaria and Climate Solutions (IMACS)
Dr. Kaushik Sarkar is a global health transformation leader. He spent his career designing and implementing strategies to solve the most urgent health security threats and creating an enabling environment for the most practical solutions through high-level advocacy, multisectoral platform convenings, and large-scale programs.
Currently, Kaushik serves as the inaugural Director of the Institute for Malaria & Climate Solutions, a global virtual center of excellence incubated under the Forecasting Healthy Futures initiative of Malaria No More. Before moving into this role, Kaushik incubated and successfully led the Malaria No More India program after joining as the first country staff. He was awarded Healthcare 40 under 40 and Outstanding Leadership Award in 2021 and 2022, respectively.
Before joining MNM, Kaushik helped governments, international businesses, and non-profits grow and impact through disruptive programs and instrumented platforms to foster multisectoral action over the past decades. He laid the foundation of many pioneering initiatives in infectious diseases, One Health, behavioral health, and vaccines and developed national strategies to help country leaders strengthen health systems.
Kaushik did his Bachelor in Medicine and Surgery (MBBS), doctoral (MD) in Community Medicine (Population Medicine), and executive Master's in Business Administration (MBA with specialization in Business Analytics), Data Science, and Artificial Intelligence (MS & PGP). He has over 30 scientific publications and is a thought leader and jury in health and pharma tech.
Buddy Shah - CEO, Clinton Health Access Initiative
Gabrielle Sobel - Health Climate Response Program Manager, Jacobs
Gabrielle Sobel is the Climate Response Program Manager for the Health Market at Jacobs. In this role, she demonstrates how climate solutions are inextricably tied to population health and what Jacobs is doing in this nexus now and long term to best serve our global partners. Her focus is in decarbonization, adaptation and resilience, energy transition, natural resource stewardship, and ESG business transformation. Gabrielle received her Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering and Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Tennessee Knoxville. She also received her Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga and is a registered professional engineer with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying.
Fiona Smith-Laittan – Vice President, Global Health – GSK
Uzma Sulaiman – Associate Director, Community Jameel
Uzma Sulaiman is Associate Director for Community Jameel, an independent, global organization advancing science and learning for communities to thrive. Uzma leads Community Jameel’s engagement with the public and private sector, galvanizing support and influencing policymakers to ensure scientific breakthroughs contribute to society and policy decisions.
Uzma has over decade of experience in the international development field. Prior to joining Community Jameel, Uzma spent six years at Save the Children, leading the organization’s Middle East partnerships team.
Before joining Save the Children, Uzma led communications for a social enterprise in South Africa that focused on access to education for remote communities. Uzma started her career as a journalist working for BBC World and was instrumental in creating UNESCO’s first World Radio Day, celebrating the power of radio in journalism.
She holds a MA in International Journalism from City, University of London and a BA in History and Politics from the University of Exeter.
Joelle Tanguy – External Affairs Director, DNDi
Joelle Tanguy joined the Executive Team of the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) in 2018 as Director of External Affairs. She also serves as executive lead for Diversity, Equity and for the organization’s Climate initiative recognizing innovation for neglected tropical diseases as a cornerstone of climate adaptation.
Joelle is building on her professional experiences as Managing Director at GAVI (the Vaccine Alliance), Under-Secretary-General at the International Red Cross and Red Crescent, and, more recently, Director of Partnerships and Advocacy at UN Women.
Joelle was previously part of the founding team of DNDi, in her capacity as US Executive Director of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) and has served on the Board of Directors of DNDi North America. She also established another Product Development Partnership, the TB Alliance, as its founding Director of External Affairs and Public Policy.
Joelle received her MBA from France’s HEC MBA in a joint programme with Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business from where she joined Silicon Valley technology firms. On a sabbatical from the Silicon Valley, she volunteered for Médecins Sans Frontières in Uganda, Somalia, the Balkans, and the Caucasus, leading humanitarian missions.
Joelle has led humanitarian and “access to health” policy campaigns; led and advised humanitarian initiatives; developed public-private partnerships; scaled up MSF fundraising scope; successfully orchestrated GAVI’s first major refinancing effort (US$ 4.3 billion); guided Fortune 500 firms to engage in support of people living with HIV/AIDS; served as focal point for the private sector on the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Board of Directors; and advised Human Rights Watch and private foundations. Joelle now serves on the board of the Access to Medicine Index Foundation.
Isaiah Thomas – Youth NGO for Climate Change
Isaiah Thomas is a climate change youth advocate for the official youth constituency of the UNFCCC, the Youth NGO for Climate Change (YOUNGO), as well as an intern at the local Ministry of Health at his country, Trinidad and Tobago, a Small Island Developing State in the Caribbean. He strongly believes the world can achieve all 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 for both planetary and human health.
Aysu Uygur – Strategy Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Originally from Istanbul, Turkey; Aysu Uygur received her PhD in genetics from Harvard University in 2014. She worked as a management consultant at Boston Consulting Group, working with global pharma and biotechnology companies on their strategy, operations and product launch projects. She joined Gates Foundation in 2021 as a strategy officer in the malaria and NTD teams, and is currently focusing on range of strategic projects including digital innovation and modeling intervention effectiveness. She is based in Seattle, USA.
Kelly Willis – Managing Director, Malaria No More
Kelly Willis is the Managing Director of Strategic Initiatives at Malaria No More, responsible for the oversight and growth of the organization’s high impact programs and partnerships around the world. Kelly has more than 20 years of experience working in infectious disease and global health, helping to build permanent capacity in health systems throughout sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, in roles including Senior Vice President at United States Pharmacopeia, Executive Director of Accordia Global Health Foundation, and through her consulting firm Willis Solutions LLC. Kelly’s field experience includes several years living in East Africa, where she helped launch and support the Infectious Diseases Institute at Makerere University, and led a multi-year research program to better understand the impact of medical training programs on standards of care and health outcomes. Prior to that, Kelly spent 5 years in multiple finance and economics management roles at Pfizer, where she also served as a Global Health Fellow in Uganda. She holds a Distinguished Alumni award from Michigan State University, where she earned a BA in French and an MBA in Supply Chain Management.