Governance

The governing bodies of White Ribbon Alliance provide mission-based leadership and strategic oversight of the Global Alliance.

Governance Team Members

Betsy McCallon
Chief Executive Officer, WRA Global

Betsy McCallon

Chief Executive Officer, WRA Global

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 reproductive and maternal health and rights with a focus on national advocacy and accountability.  Betsy is a global spokesperson and champion for citizen participation and empowerment to advance health and rights; she regularly contributes to publications, speaks at key events, and serves on numerous coalitions and Boards. Betsy has lived and worked in sub-Saharan Africa and Central America and worked in more than 20 countries across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. When she’s not working, Betsy spends much of her time outdoors - cycling, exploring the city and watching soccer.

 

Selected Writings
Pregnant in a War Zone: Why Respectful Maternity Care Matters in Humanitarian Settings
Women and Girls Must Become Champions for Their Own Health
From Historic Breakthrough to Colossal Breakdown
Quality, Equity and Dignity: A Solution for Every Woman, Every Newborn, Everywhere
Giving Voice to the Realities of Stillbirth
Beyond the Safe Motherhood Initiative: Accelerated Action Urgently Needed to End Preventable Maternal Mortality
Listen. Invest. Focus on Human Rights. A Call to Action for PMNCH

Dr. Amanullah Khan
Chairman/ Director, WRA Pakistan

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, 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.

Jane Griffiths
Board Member, WRA Global

Jane Griffiths

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

Jotham Musinguzi
Board Member, WRA Uganda

Jotham Musinguzi

Board Member, WRA Uganda

Dr. Jotham Musinguzi is currently the Director General of Uganda’s National Population Council (NPC). Previously, Dr. Musinguzi was the Regional Director of Partners in Population and Development (PPD) Africa Regional Office (ARO) based in Kampala, Uganda. Dr. Musinguzi is a Public Health Physician. He was the recipient of the 2013 United Nations’ POPULATION AWARD from the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the UN Headquarters in New York on June 28, 2013 in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the implementation of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). He is also the recipient of the 2014 INTERNATIONAL ALUMNI AWARD for Exceptional Achievement from the University at Albany Alumni Association. He sits on many national and international boards including Women Deliver of New York, Commonwealth Medical Trust of London, among others. In 2012, Dr. Musinguzi was actively involved in the successful London Family Planning Summit, which culminated in FP2020, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, United Kingdom Government and UNFPA.

Lynn Altman
Board Member, WRA Global

Lynn Altman

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.

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.

Mariam Claeson
Board Member, WRA Global

Mariam Claeson

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.

Picture of White Ribbon Alliance Board Member Nora Connors
Nora Connors
Board Member, WRA Global
Picture of White Ribbon Alliance Board Member Nora Connors

Nora Connors

Board Member, WRA Global

Nora Connors has more than a decade of experience in health care in government, academia and the private sector. In her current position as Deputy Director for Public Policy & Partnerships at the Public Health Institute (PHI), Connors leads federal policy and partnership development for PHI and its programs in Washington, D.C.
Prior to joining PHI, Connors was a Principal a consulting firm where she provided strategic counsel and creative solutions for legislative and regulatory challenges to national associations, corporations and non-profits.

Connors previously served as Senator Dianne Feinstein's (D-CA) health policy advisor, where she advised the Senator on state and national legislative and policy matters, including health insurance, Medicare and Medicaid, health reform implementation, appropriations, hospitals and physicians, biotechnology and pharmaceutical policy, environmental health and women's health. Prior to working on Capitol Hill, Connors was a Law Fellow at the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center and served as an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education Fellow at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Connors participated in Hillary For America’s Health Care Policy Working Group and advised the Obama/Biden transition team. She also sits on the board of a women’s fundraising group – The Jenkins Hill Society.

Connors has a Masters in Public Health from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and a Law Degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Biology and Psychology from Macalester College. She's published articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the Journal of Law, Medicine, & Ethics, among other publications.

Ronald Geary
Board Member, WRA Global

Ronald Geary

Board Member, WRA Global

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.

Steve Crom
Board Member, WRA Global

Steve Crom

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.”

Sunil Shrestha
Treasurer, WRA Nepal

Sunil Shrestha

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.