Interim Global Board of Directors
The interim Global Board of Directors provides mission-based leadership and strategic oversight of the Global Alliance.
Interim Global Board Members
Dr. Amanullah Khan
Chairman/ Director, WRA Pakistan
Dr. Amanullah Khan, a public health and development consultant, is currently extending his services to Dalberg Global Development Advisors, the World Bank, the Islamic Development Bank and World Health Organization. A skilled and well-trained professional with more than 25 years experience in the public and private health sector, including serving on strategic positions, laid the foundation of White Ribbon Alliance in Pakistan and currently chairs the Forum for Safe Motherhood board. He is also the chair of the National Alliance Council. Dr. Aman has championed maternal and newborn health in Pakistan for years, mediating effective policy change, and he has written extensively, including strategy and policy documents, research papers and articles for different audiences, while also representing Pakistan at various global fora.
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.
Board Member, WRA Global
Jane is an experienced leader with a successful track record in the healthcare industry. Her career spanned a wide variety of functions including R&D, Pharmaceutical Strategy, Strategic Marketing and Market Access and Global Commercial leadership, all within Johnson and Johnson. Her most recent executive position was as Global head of Actelion where she led the organisation whilst integrating the largest ever acquisition made by the company into J&J. Prior positions included Company Group Chairman for Janssen leading the Pharma business across EMEA and prior to that she led the launch of J&J’s HIV portfolio across the globe
Her emphasis has been on driving market leading growth through clear strategy, business model and organisational design, innovation and people engagement.
During her career Jane has been a strong advocate for Diversity and Inclusion acting as sponsor for the J&J Womens Leadership Initiative in J&J and speaking in external fora on the topic. Her passion for Sustainability drove her to advocate for more sustainable practices in J&J and her desire to be actively engaged in J&J’s CSR activities led her to Chair the Johnson and Johnson Foundation in EMEA for several years prior to her retirement. She remains actively involved in the foundation.
Jane holds 2 FTSE NED positions at Johnson Matthey and BAE systems and 2 non profitBoard positions at The TB Alliance and The White Ribbon Alliance
Chief Executive Officer, WRA Global
Kristy Kade joined White Ribbon Alliance in September 2017 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.
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Board Member, WRA Global
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.
Board Member, WRA Global
Mariam Claeson, M.D. M.P.H., is the former Director of the Global Financing Facility (GFF) for Every Woman Every Child at the World Bank (2016-2019). Prior to joining the GFF she served as Director for the Maternal Newborn and Child Health team at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which she joined in July 2012. She was the Program Coordinator for the multisector response to AIDS in the South Asia Region of the World Bank (2005- 2012), living three years in India. Before that, she was the Lead Public Health Specialist in the Health, Nutrition and Population, Human Development Network of the World Bank (1998- 2004).
Prior to joining the World Bank, Mariam worked for the Global Program for the Control of Diarrheal Diseases, World Health Organization (1987-1995). She has worked as physician in clinical practice at the rural district level (Tanzania, Bangladesh and Bhutan); in national immunization and diarrheal disease control (Ethiopia 1984-1986); and, for the World Bank in health sector development programs with a focus on mothers and children, including in Egypt, Jordan, Uzbekistan, China and the Philippines. Mariam is an honorary doctor at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.
Board Member, WRA Global
Ronald Geary has served with the WRA Board for a number years and currently serves as Treasurer, and is a member of the Finance & Audit Committee.
Presently, he is Interim Vice President for Corporate Finance and Administration (CFO & Treasurer) at the Population Council. He is a key strategic partner to the President and the Executive Team advising on and overseeing organizational operations, including finance, international operations, grants and contracts, human resources and information technology.
Ron Geary brings more than 35 years of experience in global grants and contract management, and expertise in assessment, selection and implementation of accounting software to the Population Council. Before joining the Population Council, Geary served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Jhpiego Corporation, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University. There, he managed growth both in people and systems as Jhpiego grew from $250 million to a $400 million revenue organization with over 4,000 Global employees in 35 countries. His focus was to design and rollout systems to manage risk and to meet expanding donor compliance and fiduciary requirements. Geary also served as Vice President and CFO for several international organizations, including CHF International and IntraHealth International. He also served on various Boards of Directors of not-for-profit organizations, including the Population Council, prior to assuming this role.
Geary holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Master of Business Administration from Suffolk University. Geary is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (Massachusetts & North Carolina) and a Certified Global Management Accountant (CGMA).
Board Member, WRA Global
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.”
Treasurer, WRA Nepal
Sunil Shrestha serves as the General Treasurer for WRA Nepal and 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.