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Teams and Governance

WRA is a global alliance united through a common vision and shared set of values, operating principles, and affiliation responsibilities. We value and protect individual, gender, cultural, religious and social diversity and make concerted efforts to ensure that women, young people and marginalized groups are represented and heard.

Teams and Governance

Aftab Hamid

Communication Officer, WRA Pakistan

Aftab Hamid

Communication Officer, WRA Pakistan

As Communication Officer of the WRA Pakistan, Aftab Hamid leads the development and implementation of its advocacy & communications strategy and serves as a spokesperson for the Alliance’s approach and impact. Aftab joined the Alliance in 2015 after spending nearly a decade as a communications leader for development organizations including the British Council.

Aftab has a master’s degree in project management & public health and rich professional experience including standalone and crosscutting communication work. He’s lead and supported on communication & advocacy strategies, the management of key events, creative commissions and content initiatives. He has accordingly developed communication strategies, behavioral change communication strategies, briefs, toolkits, press releases. Aftab has overseen creative design products and print publications, developed digital platforms including websites and information management systems, undertaken event and fieldwork photography, produced documentaries & scripted radio & TV talk shows and managed social media. He has been involved in making research tools, conducting interviews, group discussions and surveys, analyzing data, producing reports, and presenting findings through infographics.

Aftab was drawn to the Alliance because he is passionate about creating positive change in Pakistan’s health systems while contributing to global efforts to improve women and children’s health.

When not at work, Aftab enjoys outdoor & travel adventures, watching movies and making fun videos with his friends and family.

Amanda Livingstone

Advocacy and Programs Manager

Amanda Livingstone

Advocacy and Programs Manager

Amanda came to White Ribbon Alliance in 2013 first as an intern, then as Operations Coordinator, and is now the Advocacy & Programs Associate. She works with her Global Secretariat and National Alliance colleagues to advocate for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health through managing grants, creating accountability tools, and linking national-level campaigns to global events. She continues to be inspired by citizens who advocate for involvement in national and global-level accountability processes, access to respectful maternity care, and health education on self-care.

Prior to joining White Ribbon Alliance, she worked with Save the Children and the UN Development Programme’s Washington, DC Liaison Office. She has an MA in International Human Rights from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver and a BA in International Studies and BS in Anthropology from Loyola University Chicago.

In her free time, Amanda enjoys playing flag football, going to comedy shows and spending time with her cat, Jude Claw.

ANDREA MILES

Director of Partnerships

ANDREA MILES

Director of Partnerships

Andrea joined White Ribbon Alliance in January 2013 as our Director of Partnerships. In this role, Andrea helps to develop strategies and partnerships with new private individuals, corporates and foundations with a view to increase the variety of partnerships, moving away from the traditional, direct funding streams to more skills-based income generation.

Andrea began her working career in London after gaining a Masters in Landscape Design and Diplomas in Marketing, Advertising and Communications and International Development and enjoys mixing up her skills and experience. After leaving her first role as a Regional Officer for British charity, The Woodland Trust, she managed the high net worth individuals program at UNICEF UK for five years before becoming Donor Partnerships Manager at Merlin, a UK based humanitarian and international health charity. In her six years at Merlin she moved to become their Head of International Marketing before transferring to the USA as a Director of Merlin USA.

International films, theatre (of all types) and travelling are just a few of the myriad of Andrea’s interests; because, variety is definitely the spice of life.

Angel Katusia

Comm. & Media Strategist, WRA Kenya

Angel Katusia

Comm. & Media Strategist, WRA Kenya

As a volunteer communication and media strategist for the WRA Kenya, Angel leads the design and execution of WRA Kenya’s communications strategy. Angel is a highly driven and passionate communications professional who has vast interests in the media and corporate communications fields. She has an extensive understanding of how the media industry in Kenya and beyond work, allowing her to consult and formulate communication strategies for organizations and conduct media trainings for corporate bodies, NGOs and individuals. She is passionate about maternal health, youth and women’s empowerment.

Angel is currently the Head of Corporate Communications at Simba Corporation, a motor and hospitality group operating in Kenya. Prior to this, she worked at Ogilvy PR’s Nairobi office as a Senior Account Manager for three years following a successful seven-year career as a news and features journalist with Kenya Television Network (KTN) and Citizen TV.

As a journalist, Angel cut a niche for herself in the field of maternal and newborn health, winning several UN recognized awards. She is skilled in technology and digital communications, and has multiple social media outlets where she enjoys an enviable following.

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Angela Nguku

National Coordinator, WRA Kenya

Angela Nguku

National Coordinator, WRA Kenya

As the National Coordinator for WRA Kenya, Angela provides the vision for the alliance and translates that vision into clear strategies and goals, then unites members to accomplish them. Angela is a highly regarded, transformational leader and program manager in the Reproductive Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health sector, bringing more than 13 years of dedicated work toward ending preventable maternal and newborn deaths in Kenya, throughout Africa and around the world. She has worked for AAHI, AMREF, Christian Aid, as an Independent Technical Consultant in the RMNCAH program development and management field, and as an international trainer, mentor and coach. A passionate midwife, Angela advocates for accountability for the health of mothers, newborns, adolescents and youth and for midwives’ voices to be heard.

Angela was first drawn to WRA while working in South Sudan and in the East African region where she experienced the sad reality of mothers and newborns dying daily from preventable causes. Moved by high maternal and newborn mortalities in her own country, Angela mobilized other likeminded players in Kenya and founded the WRA Kenya in 2009.

Angela holds Master’s degrees in health and in project management, and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and midwifery.

Anna Edberg

National Coordinator, WRA Sweden

Anna Edberg

National Coordinator, WRA Sweden

Anna Edberg has a Master’s Degree in human rights. She has been volunteering with WRA since 2010 and in 2012 became the National Coordinator for WRA Sweden. Anna now works as a garden designer, whilst working part-time with refugees and asylum seekers in Sweden. Anna acts as a liaison between them and local government officials, to ensure that they have access to the appropriate social services, such as housing and education. Anna enjoys being able to work on her two passions of gardening and the strong belief in supporting people to be the best they can be.

Anna Sawaki

Comm. and Media Officer, WRA Tanzania

Anna Sawaki

Comm. and Media Officer, WRA Tanzania

As the communication and media officer of the White Ribbon Alliance Tanzania, Anna leads on strategic communication and media plans. She joined the Alliance in December 2016 with eight years’ experience in communication and advocacy work from both local and international organizations, including Women’s Dignity and Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

Anna has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Public Administration and a Master’s degree in Mass Communication. Anna brings to the Alliance her competency and experience in communication and media work, as well as her passion to work and help women and children.

When not at work, Anna likes to watch football, listen to and sing gospel music, and spend time with her husband and two children.

ANNICK ABISSE

Administrative Officer

ANNICK ABISSE

Administrative Officer

Annick joined the White Ribbon Alliance in 2016 as the Administrative Officer. In this capacity, she manages the office, provides administrative support to the CEO including managing staff meetings and supporting WRA’s governing bodies and their many functions.

Prior to joining WRA, Annick worked with Search For Common Ground as the Administrative Manager and with Plan International as the Regional Administrator for the West Africa Regional Office.

She holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from the Southern New Hampshire University and is a Masters student at the University of Maryland-University College.

Annick loves to spend her free time sewing, crafting and enjoying the company of her two boys.

BETSY MCCALLON

Chief Executive Officer

BETSY MCCALLON

Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Executive Officer of White Ribbon Alliance, Betsy McCallon is responsible for setting the strategic direction of the organization and developing plans, a dynamic team and resources to deliver it.  Betsy joined White Ribbon Alliance in 2004 and has contributed to the growth of the Alliance from a loose network to a driver for global attention and commitments to maternal health and rights with a focus on national advocacy and accountability. She was drawn to the White Ribbon Alliance because of its focus on local solutions to address issues of inequality and the huge potential for change.

Betsy is currently a Board Member and Chair of the NGO Constituency for The Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH). She participates in multiple maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health coalitions, where she passionately advocates for citizen participation to accelerate advancements for maternal and newborn health and rights.

Betsy has lived in sub-Saharan Africa and Central America and worked in more than 15 countries. When she’s not working, Betsy spends much of her time outdoors cycling, exploring the city, and watching soccer.

Bishnu Raj Nepal

Vice President, SMNF, Nepal

Bishnu Raj Nepal

Vice President, SMNF, Nepal

As Vice President of SMNF/WRA Nepal, Mr. Bishnu Raj Nepal is involved in various activities and projects implemented by SMNF Nepal, with a focus on office and HR management, program planning & coordination and policy making. Mr. Nepal join SMNF Nepal in the year 2000.

Bishnu also represents the Community Development Center Nuwakot in the field of safe motherhood and related areas. Bishnu has master degree in Political Science and Education.

In addition to his advocacy for safe motherhood, Bishnu is involved in many organizations and in university groups.

Brigid McConville

Creative Director, WRA UK

Brigid McConville

Creative Director, WRA UK

Brigid McConville is a prize- winning writer who first met the White Ribbon Alliance while making a film, 'My Sister, My Self', in India in 2004. She was working as a journalist, covering stories about the rights of women and girls. Inspired by the passion and achievements of WRA members, she found ways to make their voices heard through the media, connecting them with influential and creative supporters.

McConville was elected to the Global Board of Directors in 2006. She subsequently joined the staff as director of the new UK office in 2008. She is now creative director of the European Network and continues to write books and make films.

 

Caroline Maposhere

Consultant, WRA Zimbabwe

Caroline Maposhere

Consultant, WRA Zimbabwe

Caroline Maposhere is a registered nurse, nurse midwife and a public health nurse with Bachelor of Theology and Master of Science in Counselling studies. She has extensive experience working in reproductive health including counseling young people, parents and religious leaders on sexual diversity and training health care providers on how to be sensitive to the needs of vulnerable groups like teen mothers and LGBTQ people.

Caroline works as a freelance consultant for various civil society organizations and has been a US Peace Corps Pre-Service Technical Trainer on HIV in more than 10 countries. She is "Aunty" on radio, TV and church programs for sexual and reproductive health in Zimbabwe and is a member of the Board of Trustees for WRA Zimbabwe.

Skype: caroline.maposhere

 

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CELINE OKOH

Chief Financial Officer

CELINE OKOH

Chief Financial Officer

Celine Okoh is the Chief Financial Officer for White Ribbon Alliance, overseeing accounting, finance, human resources, legal, property management, award analysis and negotiations. She has over 20 years’ experience in the nonprofit and corporate sectors.

Celine graduated from the University of Maryland with a double major in Business Administration & Economics, minoring in Accounting. She received her MBA from George Washington University with a major in Finance and Investment.

Originally from Nigeria, Celine has lived in the U.S. for quite some time.

Christina Rawdon

National Coordinator, WRA Zimbabwe

Christina Rawdon

National Coordinator, WRA Zimbabwe

Christina is a nurse-midwife and a midwifery educator with a PhD.  She is the current Editor-in-Chief for the African Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health where she is responsible for reviewing articles for publication and contributing to the journal’s editorials. Christina also acts as a freelance research consultant and country focal lead for the Lugina Africa Midwives Research Network (LAMRN), an ICM competency-based midwifery education trainer and co-supervisor for students on PhD studies.

Christina was drawn WRA because she identifies first and foremost as a woman and believes childbearing women matter and their right to live a healthy, fulfilled life is core to the survival of any community.

David Ssebuggwawo

Founding Member, WRA Uganda

David Ssebuggwawo

Founding Member, WRA Uganda

Sebuggwawo David is one of the founding members of White Ribbon Alliance Uganda. He has led the recruitment of more than 3,000 members in Uganda and the establishment of the 14 WRA Uganda regional teams through which it implements its work across the country. David has supported many projects on maternal and neonatal health advocacy and accountability in Uganda including Saving Lives at Birth, Midwifery Career Promotion in secondary schools in Uganda, Act Now to End Teenage Pregnancy, among others.

Currently, David is a member of the National Steering Committee of CSOs on RMNCAH, Administrator at WRA Uganda National Secretariat and he supports the Health System Advocacy Project with support from Amref Health Africa.

Away from work, David loves spending time with children at church.

Deepa Jha

Program Officer, C3, WRA India

Deepa Jha

Program Officer, C3, WRA India

Deepa Jha is a maternal health advocate and works as a Program Officer at C3 the secretariat of WRA India. She works on maternal health advocacy projects and manages the secretariat of WRAI. She has over 12 years of experience and has been part of WRA India since 2008. Deepa leads the communication between WRA India’s five state alliances and the WRA global secretariat. She works on campaign efforts aimed at both policy makers and implementers to reduce the needless maternal deaths in India. Prior to WRA India, Deepa worked at a grassroots NGO and in the corporate social responsibility sector. She holds a Master’s degree in Rural Management from Xavier Institute of Social Service.

DIANA COPELAND

Communication Coordinator

DIANA COPELAND

Communication Coordinator

Diana Copeland joined White Ribbon Alliance in 2016 as the Communication Coordinator, working to strengthen and disseminate the organization’s message on its website and social media platforms.

Before coming to WRA, Diana worked for HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” as a Researcher and as a member of Octopus Publishing Group’s Editorial team. Diana graduated from the University of Florida with a BA in English Literature and received her MA from University College London’s Department of Information Studies.

Dina Dewi Landini

Youth Program Officer, WRA Indonesia

Dina Dewi Landini

Youth Program Officer, WRA Indonesia

Dina Dewi Landini is a volunteer with WRA Indonesia, known locally as PPI. Born into a family of medical doctors, Dina chose a different path, graduating with a degree in architectural engineering. She worked as an architect and interior designer, and later pursued advanced studies in business administration at the University of Dallas, Texas. Dina’s second childbirth was challenging, with intense contractions for more than 24 hours; a competent midwife helped her get through it. After that n 2005 Dina accompanied her mother to a capacity building meeting organized by White Ribbon Alliance in India, was inspired by its vision and mission and decided to help. Like many WRA volunteers who have families and careers, Dina must balance her schedule carefully and often uses her personal leave to do her work for WRA Indonesia (PPI). Dina oversees youth involvement for APPI, but often supports other efforts and is a valued member of the WRA Indonesia team.

Dr. Aparajita Gogoi, PhD

National Coordinator, WRA India

Dr. Aparajita Gogoi, PhD

National Coordinator, WRA India

Dr. Aparajita Gogoi is the National Coordinator of WRA India. She is the executive director of the NGO Center for Catalyzing Change (C3, formerly CEDPA India). Aparajita is a political scientist with 25 years of experience in programming, advocacy and defining strategies for policy issues, especially on young people’s health and rights. She is passionate about women’s health issues and has been an advocate for safe motherhood, firmly believing that surviving childbirth is a fundamental right of every woman.  Aparajita has been leading WRA India’s advocacy for safe motherhood for the last 16 years. She has also been involved in safe motherhood advocacy in Bangladesh, Indonesia and the Philippines.  She has received recognition for her work in various forums, including by The Guardian, which in 2011 named Aparajita as one of the world’s 100 most inspiring women.

She holds a PhD (International Politics), from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and a Post graduate diploma in Journalism.

Dr. Arefin Amal Islam, MD

Exec. Committee Chair, WRA Bangladesh

Dr. Arefin Amal Islam, MD

Exec. Committee Chair, WRA Bangladesh

Dr. Arefin Amal Islam is the Project Director of the Improving Community Health Workers Project of Save the Children in Bangladesh. Dr. Islam (MBBS, MPH) has 29 years’ experience in health and family planning at the United Nations and other local and international organizations. He was in the leading position of the World Health Organization-led polio eradication team in Bangladesh and led Chemonic’s technical team for the International’s Smiling Sun Franchise Program, a large NGO health service delivery program in Bangladesh, funded and supported by the United States Agency for International Development.  At WHO he led the surveillance team and worked as a consultant for the Reaching Every District program and was Divisional Coordinator and National Surveillance Coordinator in the Immunization and Vaccine Development program there. Dr Arefin held previous positions with Helen Keller International, Family Planning Association of Bangladesh, and Kumudini Trust of Bangladesh. He has been the chair of the Executive Committee of WRA Bangladesh since 2012.

Dr. Asma Badar, MD

National Campaigns Mgr., WRA Pakistan

Dr. Asma Badar, MD

National Campaigns Mgr., WRA Pakistan

As National Campaigns Manager of WRA Pakistan, Dr. Asma Badar leads the development and implementation of all its initiatives aimed at providing the right environment for mothers and babies to be healthy and prosper. She also serves as a spokesperson for the Alliance’s approach and impact.

Dr. Asma joined the Alliance in 2015 after spending more than a decade as a public health specialist. She started her career as research officer at PIMS Cardiac Research Cell. Subsequent positions include Heartfile, HelpAge International and Save the Children where she championed reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health, among other related issues.

Dr. Asma earned a MBBS’s doctor and later acquired a master degree’s in nutrition and project management.

When not at work, Dr. Asma enjoys parties, sightseeing, cooking and interior designing.

Dr. Britt-Marie Landgren

Chairwoman, WRA Sweden

Dr. Britt-Marie Landgren

Chairwoman, WRA Sweden

Dr. Britt-Marie Landgren is a Professor Emerita at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. After receiving her MD in 1969, she went on to achieve a PhD in Reproductive Endocrinology in 1977. She has tutored 17 PhD students, who will all have passed their examinations by 2018. She is a recurrent author, including three OB/GYN medical textbooks, two midwifery textbooks and countless scientific articles and book chapters. She sits on the scientific committees of 12 international congresses and three more as their General Secretary. Her passion for women’s health is undeniable. She has been a member and Chairman of WRA Sweden since 2007.

Dr. Hafizuddin Faqiree, MD

National Coordinator, WRA Afghanistan

Dr. Hafizuddin Faqiree, MD

National Coordinator, WRA Afghanistan

Dr. Hafiz Faqiree has more than 10 years’ experience working with national and international organizations, including Adventist Development and Relieve Agency, Bakhtar Development Network, Swedish Committee for Afghanistan, Oxfam Novib, Nutrition and Education International, Marie Stopes International and Futures Group. His previous managerial positions include Program Manager, Project Director, National Coordinator and Health and Nutrition Program Manager.

Hafiz graduated from Ningarhar Medical Faculty in August 2005 and has experience working in the fields of basic and emergency health, reproductive health, water, sanitation & hygiene, nutrition and advocacy

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Dr. Nanna Bali Chidi

Board Chair, WRA Nigeria

Dr. Nanna Bali Chidi

Board Chair, WRA Nigeria

Dr. Nanna Bali Chidi-Emmanuel is a Public Health Physician and has worked in both public and private health institutions for over 17 years. Her experience spans a broad spectrum from clinical service delivery, preventive medicine, social mobilization, advocacy to technical leadership, management and international experience. She is familiar with clinical and non-clinical strategies; has strong technical expertise in Reproductive Health, Maternal Newborn & Child Health, and HIV/AIDS fostering linkages, integration and ensuring synergy.  Nana has worked closely with high level policy makers both at state and national levels to advocate and consolidate the rights of every child bearing women in Nigeria.

From her days as a Masters Student in Community Medicine at University of Liverpool Nana has        championed and been a leading voice for maternal newborn and child health issues. In 2009, she   organized a study tour to India as a cross learning platform for the promotion of safe motherhood. Participants included representative of the Nigerian Ministry of Health, parliamentarians, policy makers, community based organizations, regulatory bodies including the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria and Representatives of the Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of Nigeria.

Nana’s wealth of experience ranges from being a house officer at Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, a medical officer at Lagos State Teaching Hospital, Quality Improvement Advisor at NURHI and Registrar at Lagos State Teaching Hospital. Her professional affiliations include the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, Nigeria Medical Association, TB and Poverty Subgroup, Association of Public Health Physicians and National Reproductive Health Working Group.

Dr. Qudratullah Nasrat, MD

Board Member, WRA Afghanistan

Dr. Qudratullah Nasrat, MD

Board Member, WRA Afghanistan

Dr. Qudratullah Nasrat graduated from Khost Medical Faculty in 2001 and has more than 16 years’ experience working in a variety of health positions, including 10 years in senior-level project management positions with and alongside national and international organizations, including the World Bank, USAID, European Union, and UN organizations. A self- motivated and values-driven executive, he thrives in challenging environments. A Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Nasarat holds a doctor of medicine and holds a post-graduate diploma in Public Health Administration and a master’s in international public health.

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ELENA ATEVA

MNH Policy & Advocacy Advisor

ELENA ATEVA

MNH Policy & Advocacy Advisor

Elena joined the White Ribbon Alliance in 2016 as the Maternal and Newborn Health Policy and Advocacy Advisor, supported by USAID/Health Policy. She is responsible for facilitating the work of the Global Respectful Maternity Care Council, leading global advocacy efforts to strengthen the midwifery workforce and providing assistance to WRA National Alliances that campaign to improve respectful maternity care and increase support for midwives in their countries.

Elena is an attorney and a human rights advocate from Bulgaria, who has been involved in the movement for respectful care in her home country and throughout Eastern Europe. She is the co-founder of Rodilnitza, a non-profit organization that advocates for women’s rights in childbirth.

Prior to joining WRA, Elena was the Eastern Europe Legal Advocacy Coordinator for the international non-profit Human Rights in Childbirth and currently serves on the board of the organization. Her work and career has also focused on domestic violence, trafficking, and women's issues in Bulgaria and the United States.

When she is not working, Elena enjoys exploring new lands and cultures, and biking with her children.

Enock Mnyenyembe

Communication Officer, WRA Malawi

Enock Mnyenyembe

Communication Officer, WRA Malawi

As Communication Officer for WRA Malawi, Enock Mnyenyembe creates and implements the overall communication strategy. He serves as the link between WRA Malawi and the media, coordinating press conferences and keeping the media up to date on organizational activities and vital information around maternal and newborn health in Malawi. Enock mentors citizen journalists, working with them to identify, write and edit stories that are then shared with the media, partners and others. Enock also helps implement WRA Malawi projects and documents project activities with video and photography.

Enock joined WRA Malawi in 2016 after working as a reporter for eight years with FM Power 101 Malawi and the Malawi Guardian Newspaper. He also worked as the Communication Officer for Phunzirani Development Organization which focuses on human rights and good governance.

He first got involved with WRA Malawi as a volunteer after noticing the difficulty pregnant women had accessing health services in his home village of Bayani in Mzimba and Mzuzu city where he was staying. He committed himself to help reduce the suffering expectant women face through his radio stories and to hold leaders and service providers accountable for not fulfilling their promises of providing quality health services to women and newborns.

Enock holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication and Cultural Studies from University of Malawi. Enock was one of WRA Malawi’s first Citizen Journalists, attending WRA’s Citizen Journalism Training in Uganda in 2015, and continued writing stories on maternal and newborn health.

Outside of work, Enock enjoys watching football, reading newspapers, following online news, reading books and charting with his family and friends during weekends and holidays.

FARHANA AHMAD, MD

National Coordinator, WRA Bangladesh

FARHANA AHMAD, MD

National Coordinator, WRA Bangladesh

Dr. Farhana Ahmad is a medical school graduate who has been working for improved public health and women’s empowerment for nearly twenty years. She became the National Coordinator of WRA Bangladesh in 2005, previously holding positions with CARE Bangladesh, USAID, and Save the Children. Prior to working in the nonprofit sector, Dr. Ahmad served as the course coordinator for a trainer the trainer’s project on hospital hygiene and infection control in the Ob-Gyn unit of a large hospital.

FARIDAH LUYIGA

Communication Manager

FARIDAH LUYIGA

Communication Manager

Faridah has worked with WRA since March 2014, when she began as WRA Uganda's Communications Officer. In 2016, Faridah added the responsibilities of Communication Manager for the Global Secretariat, working specifically to support the National Alliances.

Prior to her time at WRA, Faridah was an independent media consultant where she managed media and public relations for various clients. Faridah also spent time as a journalist with the Daily Monitor newspaper where she served as health editor, as the acting editor of Full Woman Magazine and editor of Rainbow Magazine.

Faridah has a Bachelor of Mass Communication degree and a Master of Business of Administration from Makerere University, where she also served as Fellow with the MakSPH-CDC HIV/AIDS Fellowship Program at their School of Public Health. As a fellow, Faridah was hosted by Communication for Development Foundation Uganda where she was the to-go-to person on communication-related matters.

George Mandongwe

Program Officer, WRA Zimbabwe

George Mandongwe

Program Officer, WRA Zimbabwe

George is a nurse/midwife with an honors degree in psychology. He has wide experience working with communities in the areas of primary health care, maternal and child health and HIV/AIDS. He has strong advocacy and social mobilization skills at the community level, acquired and demonstrated over seven years of practice at public hospitals, with local authorities and as part of several non-governmental organizations.

George has been with WRA Zimbabwe since December 2016, campaigning for childbearing women’s rights in respectful maternity care and empowering women with knowledge and skills through its community-based self-care initiative focusing on birth preparedness and complication prevention readiness.

 

Ibu Giwo Rubainto

National Coordinator, WRA Indonesia

Ibu Giwo Rubainto

National Coordinator, WRA Indonesia

Ibu Giwo Rubainto almost lost her life while giving birth to her third child in 1997. That event set a new course for Giwo, who decided to use her considerable skills as an organizational leader to advocate for maternal and newborn health with White Ribbon Alliance, known in Indonesia as PPI. Giwo currently serves as the President of the National Council of Indonesian Women and previously served as Chairperson of the Indonesian Child Protection Commission. She is also a member of several other NGOs working to improve the lives and health of women and children.

KRISTY KADE

Director of Advocacy and Programs

KRISTY KADE

Director of Advocacy and Programs

Kristy Kade joined White Ribbon Alliance in September 2017 as director of advocacy and programs with 15 years of policy, advocacy, and communications experience. She most recently served as the Director of Policy and Advocacy at PATH, where she was responsible for developing and implementing PATH’s strategy for advocacy in low-income countries, including the development of multi-year strategic partnerships and subgranting relationships with large international NGOs and local civil society organizations. She oversaw the development and implementation of advocacy strategies and capacity-building initiatives, was the primary donor liaison for country advocacy implementation and reporting, and has managed advocacy staff and projects in a portfolio of projects totaling over $20 million in more than ten countries across Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe and spanning maternal, newborn, and child health, HIV, TB, malaria, family planning, nutrition, immunization, and global health research and development. She was the recipient of two PATH Vision Awards for organizational excellence and partnership.

Kristy’s previous experience includes time as Associate Director of Advocacy and Public Policy at Pathfinder International where she oversaw advocacy with US policymakers and building capacity for advocacy in program countries. She helped found the Youth Health and Rights Coalition to provide a forum for the exchange of lessons learned and best practices related to improving policies and programs for young people in low- and middle-income countries. Kristy also provided technical assistance to support Pathfinder field offices in the development of advocacy initiatives in the areas of reproductive rights, contraception, and young people’s sexual and reproductive health.

Kristy received her MPH in international health from Boston University School of Public Health and her BA in sociology/anthropology and women’s studies from Ohio Wesleyan University.

When not advocating for the health and rights of women, children and families, Kristy enjoys sailing and cooking with her husband Wayne.

Larry Liza

National Advocacy, WRA Kenya

Larry Liza

National Advocacy, WRA Kenya

Larry Liza is a Kenya born poet who has recited poems since the age of four – more than two decades –  in Kenya, UK, USA, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. He was appointed in 2010 as a National Advocacy Champion for Safe Motherhood by WRA Kenya, and a Global Champion by the WRA Global Secretariat in 2014, championing maternal health as a performing poet and writer.

Larry’s work focuses on the socio-eco-political and spiritual realms and he’s been described as Africa’s finest poet North of Limpopo and South of the Sahara. A household name in Kenya, he has touched thousands of lives with his electrifying and unique presentations.

Larry has graced different meetings including presidential functions organized by the While Ribbon Alliances in Kenya, International Women’s week celebrations in London, International Women’s Day celebrations organized by the United Nations and more. He has won numerous awards for his works including the Media FOCUS on AFRICA and the Building Bridges for Peace Award for his efforts working toward peace in Kenyan communities.

Larry is the Director of the World Customs Organization for East & Southern Africa in their regional office for capacity building, seconded from Kenya Revenue Authority. He has a Master’s degree in Environmental Planning and Management and a Bachelor of Science degree, both from the University of Nairobi.

Lennie Adeline Kamwendo

Secretary, Board of Directors, WRA Malawi

Lennie Adeline Kamwendo

Secretary, Board of Directors, WRA Malawi

Lennie Kamwendo is a veteran registered midwife who provides leadership as a board member of WRA Malawi, currently serving as the board secretary. Lennie is a trainer for Malawi's Maternal Death Surveillance and Response team of Assessors.  She teaches midwifery students part-time at Kamuzu College of Nursing.

Lennie holds a Bachelor's Degree in Professional Development in Nursing from the University of Ulster at Colerain and a Master’s Degree in Perinatal Nursing from the University of Pennsylvania. Her professional work and experience includes 28 years teaching midwifery at the University of Malawi, Founder of the Association of Malawian Midwives, and an instrumental leader in establishing White Ribbon Alliance in Malawi. She has served on the Board of Directors for the WRA Global Secretariat and as Chairperson of the WRA National Alliance Council.

Lennie is an author and advocate for childbearing women and midwives. For recreation, Lennie spends time watching soap operas, listening to music and dancing.

LYNN ALTMAN

Board Member

LYNN ALTMAN

Board Member

Lynn Altman is the president and founder of Brand Now, a well-known branding and innovation agency located in New York City. She has worked on over 600 new product and branding initiatives for Fortune 500 companies, including Coca Cola, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, American Express, UBS, Johnson & Johnson and Pfizer. Brand Now also works with several non-profit organizations on their branding and communications challenges.

Lynn is also a co-founder of Parentgiving.com, an online resource for products and information related to senior care.  When she is not founding companies, she loves being active. She is a third-degree black belt, an active yoga practitioner and an avid runner. She lives with her son and big black cat in New York City.

MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ

Self-Care Program and Policy Manager

MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ

Self-Care Program and Policy Manager

Michelle Rodriguez joined White Ribbon Alliance as the Policy & Program Manager for the self-care initiative in March 2016. Michelle’s role focuses on advancing policy and engaging communities to enhance healthy lifestyles. Drawn to the White Ribbon Alliance's strong mission and collaborative approach, Michelle is thrilled to contribute to global solutions for healthy motherhood.

Over the past 15 years, Michelle has engaged community organizations, individuals and policy makers at the state and federal levels to address social justice issues, such as childhood hunger and older adult economic security. Before transiting to the policy field, she was an educator, where she expanded experiential education programs at both Maya Angelou Public Charter School in Washington, DC and Citizen Schools in Framingham, MA.

Michelle volunteers as an ESL teacher with Washington Language Center. She is also a certified yoga instructor, having completed her training in Mexico, where she explored the native medicine wheel and sacred ceremonies. Michelle received her B.S. in Political Science and History from Northeastern University and her M.A. from George Mason University in International Commerce and Policy.

Miss Tariah Adams

Comm. & Advocacy Officer, WRA Nigeria

Miss Tariah Adams

Comm. & Advocacy Officer, WRA Nigeria

Ms. Tariah Adams is the Communication & Advocacy Officer for WRA Nigeria where she takes the lead in strategic communication and is involved in nearly every aspect of their work to engage citizens, business leaders, media and government for community-level and system-wide change for reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) in Nigeria.

With a degree in Public Administration and a background in radio production and presentation spanning about a decade, Ms. Adams has worked as a publicist, script writer, content developer and image maker.  She has produced and presented popular programs like “Girls Talk,” a program looking at issues that affect the girl child on Aso FM Abuja, Breeze FM and other leading radio stations.

Tariah is adept at identifying stories that persuade decisions makers to drive social accountability processes across communities. She works directly with the citizens, amplifying their voices and highlighting the specific actions that should be taken by government to embrace citizen-led accountability for RMNCAH.

Tariah joined the Alliance in 2016 because of WRA’s unique approach of engaging women at the community level to speak out and demand their rights. Becoming a mother as a teen, she intimately understands the issues and appreciates that she can be a voice for millions of women in communities who believe their thoughts and opinions do not count.

When not working Tariah loves to read, swim and watch movies with the girls.

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MOSES NGULUBE

Advocacy and Accountability Advisor

MOSES NGULUBE

Advocacy and Accountability Advisor

Moses Ngulube joined White Ribbon Alliance as Advocacy and Accountability Advisor in January 2017. He previously worked at World Vision International where he served as Southern Africa Regional Social Accountability Lead for several years. While at World Vision, he provided technical support to nine country offices in designing, implementing and evaluating social accountability program in health, education, food security, WASH and extractives sectors.

Moses’ academic and professional training is varied. He communicates in two foreign languages: English and French and is currently pursuing additional post-graduate studies in governance and development policy in Brussels at CERIS (Centre Européen de Recherches Internationales et Stratégiques).

Mr. Ihatsham Akram

National Coordinator, WRA Pakistan

Mr. Ihatsham Akram

National Coordinator, WRA Pakistan

A founding member of WRA Pakistan, Mr. Ihatsham Akram has been National Coordinator since 2013. He bears the overall responsibility for the development, coordination and implementation of the country program. And plays a pivotal role building new structures, developing new projects and finding new partners. A passionate champion of reproductive, newborn and child health, he has been instrumental in different policy reforms in Pakistan, including ensuring the inclusion of Misoprostol, Magnesium Sulphate, Cholorohyxedine in the essential drug list of first level care facilities in the health system of Pakistan.

Ihatsham has led citizen engagement for individual and community empowerment around voicing health demands with duty bearers at national, provincial and district levels. He has steered reforms such as the inclusion of patient rights and respectful maternity care in key maternal health policies. He has also led several research studies that have contributed to vital policy changes.

Ihatsham has played a critical role in securing safe motherhood and child health champions to speak with news and entertainment media, parliamentarians, national, provincial & district governments, departments, academia and civil society. He possesses national and international experience of developing & implementing several advocacy, behavioral change communication and citizen engagement strategies. He has served in a variety of roles for respected development organizations such as Palladium, Save the Children, British Council, National Rural Support Program, and the Ministry of Health Pakistan & Ministry of Public Health Afghanistan.

Ihatsham possesses Master Degrees in Public Health and Governance & Public policy. When not at work, he enjoys reading, sports, sightseeing, movie and live music.

Mr. Tonte Ibraye

National Coordinator, WRA Nigeria

Mr. Tonte Ibraye

National Coordinator, WRA Nigeria

Mr. Tonte Ibraye has more than 11 years’ experience in maternal, newborn and child health advocacy and improving the welfare of people living with HIV/AIDS and children orphaned by AIDS. Tonte was appointed National Coordinator of White Ribbon Alliance Nigeria in November 2010. Under his leadership, WRA Nigeria has successfully pushed for the approval of three policies to improve maternal health in Nigeria. This includes increasing access to family planning, maternal death surveillance and reviews, and respectful maternity care. He also led WRA Nigeria to join in the call for passing the National Health Bill, which became law in 2014.

He is currently a member of the Steering Committee of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) and the National Reproductive Health Working Group.

A political scientist by profession, Tonte has served as the executive director of Live for Tomorrow, and between 2005 and 2008 was rivers state coordinator for the Civil Society for HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (CiSHAN). During that time, he pushed for the Rivers State Action Committee on AIDS to be transformed into the Rivers State Agency for the Control of AIDS (RiVSACA) through legislation passed by the Rivers State House of Assembly.

Ms. OreOluwa Ojo

Senior Program Manager, WRA Nigeria

Ms. OreOluwa Ojo

Senior Program Manager, WRA Nigeria

As the Senior Program Manager of WRA Nigeria, OreOluwa Ojo leads the development and implementation of the citizen led accountability campaign and project strategy.

In 2008, while undergoing the compulsory youth service program in Abarma community, Zamfara State in the North-Western region of Nigeria, shocked at the pathetic living condition of the citizens, she swung into action by mobilizing resources to improve the living conditions of the citizens and advocating for the achievement of the MDGs. All these community development projects that she embarked upon, led to her winning the National Youth Service Corps/Millennium Development Goals best advocate of the year award as well as the State Chairman’s honors award. Her experience in Abarma changed her perspective and directed her career path to development. Having discovered her passion, she later earned a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education and a Masters of Public Health degree.

OreOluwa has worked with the National Youth Service Corps/Millennium Development Goals Advocacy Project, Marie Stopes International Organization Nigeria, African Regional Health Education Center, Center for Preventive Health and Research, Adolescent Health and Information Projects, and the Institute for Advanced Medical Research and training. Her work experience spans research, community mobilization, advocacy, monitoring and evaluation, behavior change communication, and human capacity development and enhancement.

OreOluwa joined White Ribbon Alliance to lend her voice to the cause of women and children’s health because she believes that women and children’s health are the fulcrum, the pivot point of a functioning health system. Her hobbies include spending time with children, reading novels and listening to music.

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Nancy Kamwendo

National Coordinator, WRA Malawi

Nancy Kamwendo

National Coordinator, WRA Malawi

As National Coordinator, Nancy leads all of WRA Malawi’s planning efforts, developing and implementing costed annual work plans for the alliance. She is a member of the Malawi Ministry of Health Quality Management Technical Working group, the Safe Motherhood Sub-committee and the family planning committee of the Reproductive Health Directorate. Nancy joined WRA Malawi in 2015 as a Respectful Maternity Care project officer and was appointed to the National Coordinator position in May 2016.

Nancy is a registered nurse and midwife who rose to community nurse and midwife specialist after obtaining a Master of Science Degree in Community Nursing and Midwifery from the University of Malawi, Kamuzu College of Nursing. Nancy has 26 years’ experience working as a registered nurse and midwife in leadership positions including research nurse team leader at the University of North Carolina project in Malawi, and as a lecturer in community nursing and midwifery at Nkhoma College of Nursing and Midwifery. From 2010 to 2013, she coordinated the Christian Association of Malawi and Centers for Disease Control HIV Project at Mua hospital, while also serving as a senior community nurse midwife, acting as a link between the community and the hospital. Nancy is a member of the Association of Malawian Midwives and is passionate about empowering communities to demand their rights for reproductive health.

Outside of work, Nancy is a committed member of the Catholic Women Organization, previously serving as the Dedza Diocese CWO Chairperson and enjoys listening to gospel music. The first born in a family of seven and the first woman to graduate college in her village, Nancy is a role model to many.

Natasha Philips

 Volunteer, WRA European Network

Natasha Philips

 Volunteer, WRA European Network

As a volunteer with the WRA European Network, Natasha Philips is actively supporting the Alliance to ensure the voices of pregnant migrant and refugee women are heard through film, photography, social and traditional media, and pressing for change in policies which are putting women and their babies at risk. Natasha joined the alliance in 2016 and has been involved in project managing the delivery of “Spaces of Sanctuary” photography exhibition in Hull.

Natasha has a BA in women’s studies, post graduate degree in health education and, subsequently earned a master’s in leadership in health and social care. Natasha has spent most of her career within public health working to address population based health inequality across sexual and reproductive healthcare. She was drawn to the Alliance because as a mother, she wants to ensure that all women receive safe maternity care and felt she had skills that she could offer to support the alliance to work towards achieving this in the UK.

When not at work Natasha enjoys time with her family and is currently training for her first marathon.

NISHA SINGH

Grants Administrator

NISHA SINGH

Grants Administrator

Nisha Singh joined White Ribbon Alliance in 2016 as Grants Administrator, with her responsibilities focusing on managing the organization's grants portfolio. She works closely with program and development staff and National Alliances to strengthen organizational effectiveness and compliance.

Nisha came to WRA from a background in community organizing and grants and project management for international nonprofits. She graduated from Macalester College with a BA in Political Science and Mathematics.

Obed Kabanda

Board Chair, WRA Uganda

Obed Kabanda

Board Chair, WRA Uganda

Obed Kabanda is a professional public health leader with more than 17 years of experience in organizational management and leadership. Obed is a founder and CEO of Action for Community Development – ACODEV, which operates in Uganda and Rwanda and is expanding to Malawi, Tanzania and Eastern DRC. He recently won the 2015 Angel for Africa Award for support capacity building and mentoring other organizations on the continent. He also won the 2015 Codes Fellowship hosted in Mexico, and the Global Leaders Fellowship in Seattle, Washington. In 2013, he was recognized as Change Project of the Year for Safe Motherhood in Uganda by Save the Mothers International.

Obed holds an MSci in public health leadership, a bachelor’s degree in community development and leadership, and a post-graduate diploma in leadership development for health. He holds several other certifications and has been awarded numerous fellowships.

 

Patricia Chamia

Vice Chair, Board of Directors, WRA Kenya

Patricia Chamia

Vice Chair, Board of Directors, WRA Kenya

As the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for WRA Kenya, Patricia Chamia supports the development of key partnerships and projects for the Alliance. Patricia has more than 25 years of technical experience in program development and management across civil society in Kenya, and works with faith communities as a key driver for social change in the country and region. Patricia currently leads the health and well-being program with the Interreligious Council of Kenya where she oversees national programming and brokering partnerships among different stakeholders for the organization, a key strength that she brings to the Alliance. She has a wealth of experience in advocating for vulnerable groups, including women, girls and children, grounded in human rights. Patricia is currently pursuing a PhD in community health, holds a Master’s of Public Health and Epidemiology and a BA in Social Work. A passionate advocate for girls and women, her leadership, communication, organization and team-work skills are exemplified by her ability to lead and motivate people for positive change.

Patricia’s interest in WRA came after frequent encounters with WRA Kenya volunteer members while working in different parts of the country, and was moved by stories in the media about maternal deaths and became interested in what WRA Kenya was doing to address them. She became a member of WRA in 2014 and has worked passionately to establish its strong operating principles.

Rabindra Bahadur Pradhan

General Secretary, SMNF, Nepal

Rabindra Bahadur Pradhan

General Secretary, SMNF, Nepal

As the General Secretary of SMNF, Rabindra Bahadur Pradhan is involved in all activities and projects implemented by SMNF Nepal and WRA Nepal, which he joined in 2005. He previously served as a National Secretary General of Nepal Jaycees.

Rabindra mobilizes youth and communities in Kirtipur for social change. He loves facilitating programs and events at the community, national and global level.

In addition to his voluntary work advocating for safe motherhood, Rabindra is involved in many business organizations.

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Robert Mtunguja

Head of Finance and Admin., WRA Tanzania

Robert Mtunguja

Head of Finance and Admin., WRA Tanzania

Robert joined the Alliance in July 2016 and brings to the team his financial and administration capabilities. He has more than 15 years’ experience in accounting, finance and administration. He holds a Bachelor’s degree of Commerce (Accounting) and is currently working toward his MBA (Finance and Accounting) and CPA(T).

Before joining WRA Tanzania, Robert worked with African Wildlife Foundation as the finance and administration officer, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) as operations officer, and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) as zonal program accountant.

When not at work, Robert likes to play football and read books. He is the father of two children.

 

Robina Biteyi

National Coordinator, WRA Uganda

Robina Biteyi

National Coordinator, WRA Uganda

As the National Coordinator for WRA Uganda, Robina Biteyi provides overall leadership and guidance to staff and members to ensure achievement of the organization’s mission by; translating that vision into clear strategies and achievable goals and uniting members around the vision, strategies, and goals, while adapting them to the shifting contexts. She was motivated to join the WRA movement because of her desire to ensure that women and children survive and prosper.

Robina Biteyi is a public health nurse with a Masters’ Degree in community health from the School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool. United Kingdom. She has more than 30 years’ experience in maternal and child health, adolescent sexual and reproductive health and HIV and AIDS in both Uganda and Kenya.

For 20 years, Robina worked with African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), an international health non-governmental organization, where she developed and managed health projects and programs. Robina’s major interest is maternal and reproductive health with a special interest in advocacy and accountability.

When not at work, Robina enjoys interacting with family and young people. She loves walking as a hobby.

RONALD GEARY

Board Member

RONALD GEARY

Board Member

Ronald F. Geary is a seasoned international finance professional with over 30 years of experience in the areas of global grants and contract management, including expertise in assessment, selection and implementation of accounting software. Ron's work with government, international and domestic organizations has provided him with hands-on experience working with various organizations in more than 25 countries. He is the current Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Jhpiego, where he previously served as Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer from 2008 to 2011. Ron has worked in complex, international organizations of significant sizes in the past, notably CHF International between 2006 and 2008. He most recently served as CFO for IntraHealth in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Ron has a CPA, MBA and CGMA.

Rose Mlay

NATIONAL COORDINATOR, WRA TANZANIA

Rose Mlay

NATIONAL COORDINATOR, WRA TANZANIA

As National Coordinator of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood in Tanzania, Rose Mlay leads in organizational strengthening and sustainability as well as building membership to advocate for Maternal and Newborn Health in Tanzania.

Since 2005, her work as National Coordinator has led her to form a coalition of NGOs, associations, institutions, media, UN and parliamentarians. The Alliance began by identifying contributing factors and solutions to help the 30 women and 180 newborns dying in childbirth every day in Tanzania and proved that the way to resolve this daily tragedy is through comprehensive emergency obstetric and newborn care (CEmONC). On this basis, Rose led the Alliance into advocating for a specific budget line for CEmONC by targeting high profile politicians. WRA Tanzania’s work led – for the first time ever – to the creation of a budget line for CEmONC in 2015.

Through Rose’s leadership of WRA Tanzania’s 2015-2018 campaign for an increased budget for CEmONC countrywide, we saw a 52.7% increase in CEmONC budget in the 2017/2018 health budget when compared to the 2016/2017.

Rose holds a MN, BSCN from Dalhousie University and was a lecturer at MUHAS.  Rose is one of the editors of the Africa Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health and is the founder of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood in Tanzania (WRATZ).  Rose is a mother of three and in her private time she enjoys Bible Study and Gospel Music.

RUTHIE BRYANT

Organizational Development Manager

RUTHIE BRYANT

Organizational Development Manager

Ruthie Bryant joined White Ribbon Alliance in 2017 as Organizational Development Manager, working to strengthen organizational capacity and champion best practices across the Global Alliance.

Prior to WRA, Ruthie worked at the White House as the Associate Director of the White House Visitors Office. Before that, she served as the program associate for Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action housed at the UN Foundation.

Ruthie graduated from George Washington University with a BA in International Affairs and Anthropology, and earned a Graduate Certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation from American University.

When not at work Ruthie enjoys spending quality time with friends and family, reading fiction, and being outdoors as often as possible.

Said Shamsul Islam Shams, MD

Board Chair, WRA Afghanistan

Said Shamsul Islam Shams, MD

Board Chair, WRA Afghanistan

With more than 17-years’ experience working with various international organizations, Dr. Shams provides technical, administrative and leadership support to a variety of health, research and women’s empowerment projects in Afghanistan. As a women’s health advocate, he has helped develop programs, policies and strategies, and conducted capacity assessments and other evaluations at the organizational and individual level. He has organized trainings in Afghanistan and abroad. He has a broad network of local and national partners and enjoys working across sectors to bring about social change.

Solvig Ekblad

WRA Sweden

Solvig Ekblad

WRA Sweden

Solvig Ekblad is an affiliated professor in multicultural health and care research and head of Cultural Medicine Unit at the Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics (LIME), Karolinska Institutet [www.ki.se], Stockholm, Sweden and has been trained as a certified psychologist. She works part-time as a clinician in primary care in a suburb of Stockholm where social disadvantaged groups are living. Her dissertation in psychiatry, which she defended at KI, 1986, was entitled “Social Determinants of Aggressive Behavior in a Sample of Chinese Primary School Children.” She has been a visiting professor at Malmö University, Faculty of Health and Society, Sweden and at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSSP), where lectures in their Global Mental Health II seminar.

Stephanie Bowen

Director of Strategic Communication

Stephanie Bowen

Director of Strategic Communication

As Director of Strategic Communication for White Ribbon Alliance, Stephanie Bowen leads the development and implementation of its communication strategy and serves as a spokesperson for the Alliance. Stephanie joined the Alliance in 2016 after spending more than a decade as a communication leader for several global health and development organizations including International Medical Corps, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action at the UN Foundation. Stephanie has a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and enjoyed a successful career as a producer and assignment editor with CNN, PBS, CNBC and other media outlets. She later earned a master’s degree in creative writing. Stephanie was drawn to the Alliance because of its focus on locally-led, sustainable solutions and is thrilled to use her love of story-telling and language to help accelerate progress for vulnerable moms and babies.

When not at work, Stephanie enjoys sailing and other outdoor adventures, cooking and live music. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband Marc and their dog Pepper.

Stephen Peter Munjanja

WRA Zimbabwe

Professor Stephen Munjanja is a clinician, lecturer and researcher at the University of Zimbabwe. He is a specialist obstetrician and gynecologist who is a consultant at Harare Central Hospital. He has published papers in antenatal care and obstetric epidemiology, and contributed chapters to several books. He has provided technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Zimbabwe, and has participated in several World Health Organization consultations. Currently he is a member of the Women’s Health and Human Rights committee of the Federation of International Societies in Gynecologist and Obstetrics (FIGO). Prof Munjanja enjoys being with his family outside his work.

 

 

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STEVE CROM

Board Member

STEVE CROM

Board Member

Steve E. Crom received his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and management with honors from Beloit College. He studied international economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science and received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago with a concentration in Marketing.

Steve works with leaders on their personal, leadership team and business strategies for success. Working one-on-one with General Managers, Mr. Crom helps them develop personal road maps for leading change. With senior management groups, he helps create and communicate a compelling vision of what the client organization can become, building an effective leadership team around strategies for breakthrough improvement.

Mr. Crom has thirty years of experience in helping clients achieve sustainable results, most often measured by top-line growth through innovation, reduced costs of poor quality and improved productivity. His forte is effective collaboration: within a global function, across a matrix organization and between partnering companies. He has consulted to Zurich Financial Services, General Electric Capital, Johnson & Johnson, Siemens, Lonza, Novartis, Nycomed and Airbus to name a few.

Steve is the author of over thirty publications including “Re-engineering, Starting With a Dirty Sheet of Paper” which argues that those involved in today’s processes can and must simultaneously redesign them to get breakthrough results and learn new behaviors, essential for Operational Excellence and Innovation. An American national who lived for 17 years in Europe, Mr. Crom is fluent in English, French and German.

“One of the things that I learned is that an individual's opportunity to realize their potential starts with maternal health. To be blunt, no woman should ever die giving life. This is what the White Ribbon Alliance was founded on, and I support this vision.”

Sunil Shrestha

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Sunil Shrestha

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Sunil Shrestha serves as National Coordinator for WRA Nepal and Treasurer Safe Motherhood Network Nepal (SMNF), and is involved in all activities and projects implemented by SMNF, which he joined in 2005 after spending 20 years in the health care sector. Sunil represents SMNF as an Executive Board Member of the Civil Society Alliance for Nutrition Nepal, a movement for scaling up nutrition. He holds a bachelor’s degree in health care management and is a very motivated social service volunteer and active member of Lions Club Kathmandu.

When not advocating for safe motherhood or volunteering in the community, Sunil manages a medical equipment business.

Tahera Ahmed

Exec. Committee Advisor, WRA Bangladesh

Tahera Ahmed

Exec. Committee Advisor, WRA Bangladesh

Professor Tahera Ahmed has 30 years’ experience working with UNFPA on reproductive health and population issues. As an advisor to the Executive Committee of WRA Bangladesh, she works closely with the members on technical and other issues. Ahmed also teaches masters level students and executives at the Department of Public Health at North South University, the largest and oldest private university of Bangladesh. She is editor of the Bangladesh Journal of Bioethics and current member/former Vice President of the Association of Former UN Staff of Bangladesh. She has an impressive educational background with degrees and certificates from esteemed institutions around the world. Professor Ahmed has been recognized with many awards, including the Advani Braganza Award for her support in the development of the Cervical Cancer Screening Program in Bangladesh.

TAMIM MEHERZAD

Financial Reporting Analyst

TAMIM MEHERZAD

Financial Reporting Analyst

Tamim Meherzad joined White Ribbon Alliance in 2017 where he serves as financial reporting analyst. With twelve years’ experience in the development and the non-profit sector, his prior endeavors include working for the United Nations and USAID in Afghanistan, South Sudan and the United States, among others. Tamim received a Meritorious Honor Award from the US Ambassador to Afghanistan for his outstanding performance while working for USAID. He holds a Master’s of Science in Accounting from Stratford University, a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Preston University of Pakistan, and he is actively pursuing his CPA certification.

Tamim was born and raised in Afghanistan. When not at work, he loves playing volleyball and spending quality time with his wife Rodaba, their two children Elham and Siyam, and friends.

Tim Thomas

Board Member

Tim Thomas

Board Member

Tim’s training ground was the Population Council, a premier international non-profit, non-governmental institution that conducts biomedical, public health, and social science research, helping to build research capacities in developing countries. He joined the Council in 1991, and was promoted to play a leading role in external relations, public affairs, and fundraising.

Since leaving the Council in 1998, Tim has worked as a consultant and staff member with a range of institutions whose mandate is to improve the health and well-being of disadvantaged populations in developing countries, He has developed expertise in policy analysis and advocacy, strategic planning, and communications. Some career highlights include building the International Council of AIDS Service Organizations, launching the International Partnership for Microbicides, expanding GlaxoSmithKline’s Positive Action program, leading MTV’s Staying Alive Foundation, launching and directing the Maternal Health Task Force, and most recently, serving as a Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation helping to shape their integrated reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health advocacy and communications portfolio.

Tim is a long-time resident of New York City and has traveled extensively in Africa, South Asia and Europe. He pursues a lifelong goal of fluency in French and Italian, and studies classical singing. He graduated with honors from the Interlochen Arts Academy; he holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from Iowa State University and a Masters of Fine Arts degree from New York University.

Please visit www.timothythomas.net for a full profile.

Yasmina Zaidman

Board Member

Yasmina Zaidman

Board Member

Yasmina Zaidman is the Chief Partnerships Officer at Acumen, a global non-profit venture fund working to change the way the world tackles poverty by investing in companies, leaders and ideas. She leads its work to engage with strategic corporate partners and institutions that share Acumen’s commitment to supporting entrepreneurial approaches to tackling poverty. In this role, Ms. Zaidman has elevated the role of corporate partnerships at Acumen to focus on not only potential for fundraising, but also opportunities to directly support social enterprises through access to corporate capabilities and new business relationships, as well as opportunities to inform corporate practices in emerging markets.

Previously, Ms. Zaidman initiated and managed the Water Portfolio at Acumen, where she invested in start-up water and sanitation enterprises in India and East Africa that have brought safe drinking water to over 4 million people and access to sanitation to tens of thousands. She led Acumen’s Communications work for six years, helping to position Acumen’s unique approach as a pioneering new model featured in Time, Forbes, Fortune, The Economist, The NYT and across broadcast media as well as in major global forums. Ms. Zaidman has worked in the arenas of international development, corporate sustainability and social entrepreneurship for eighteen years including three years at Ashoka working with its environmental fellows.

She received a BA from Vassar College and her MBA from Stanford’s GSB with a certificate in Public Management.

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