Teams and Governance

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Teams and Governance

Alma Alizia Ochoa Moctezuma

Communications Coordinator, Comité Promotor por una Maternidad Segura en Mexico

Alma Alizia Ochoa Moctezuma

Communications Coordinator, Comité Promotor por una Maternidad Segura en Mexico

Periodista y experta en comunicación, dedicada a la comunicación para la salud en el ámbito de los derechos sexuales y reproductivos. Colabora con el CPMS y la WRA Mexico en la dirección de Comunicación.

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Journalist and communication expert, dedicated to communication for health in the field of sexual and reproductive rights. Collaborates with the CPMS and WRA Mexico in the direction of Communication.

Amanda Livingstone

Senior Advocacy Officer

Amanda Livingstone

Senior Advocacy Officer

Amanda came to White Ribbon Alliance in 2013 first as an intern, then as Operations Coordinator and is now an Advocacy Officer. She works with her Global Secretariat and National Alliance colleagues to advocate for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health through writing proposals, 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.

 

Selected Writings
COVID-19: Advocacy Beyond Borders
Are global health leaders ready to change the world? Then they better start listening to women
Citizens Voices and White Ribbon Alliance at UN General Assembly 2017

 

Angel Katusia

Comm. & Media Strategist, WRA Kenya

Angel Katusia

Comm. & Media Strategist, WRA Kenya

As the 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 works, allowing her to consult and formulate communication strategies for organizations and conduct media training for corporate bodies, NGOs and individuals. She is passionate about maternal health, youth and women’s empowerment.

Over the years in her career she has developed skills beyond communication into Project Management, Client Management, Brand management, Digital Marketing and Advocacy. Most recently, Angel worked as the Head of Corporate Communications at Simba Corporation, a motor and hospitality group operating in Kenya. Prior to this, she worked at Ogilvy and Mather Public Relation’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

Executive Director, WRA Kenya

Angela Nguku

Executive Director, WRA Kenya

Angela Nguku is the Executive Director for the White Ribbon Alliance Kenya. She has 14 years of dedicated experience working toward ending preventable maternal and newborn deaths and adolescent health in Kenya, throughout Africa, and around the world.

Angela has worked for AAHI, AMREF, a Christian Aid-led global consortium, and as an Independent Technical and Advocacy Consultant in the RMNCAH program development and management field, as well 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. She is an advisory member of the People’s Voice Advisory Board of the Lancet Global Health Commission on High Quality Health Systems in the SDGs Era, the Advisory Group for the Global Action Plan, and the Deliver for Good Campaign in Kenya. In addition, she is a task force member of the CSO Coordination Group of the Global Financing Facility in Kenya, as well as the Kenya SDGs Forum.

Anita Shakya

Office Assistant, WRA Nepal

Anita Shakya

Office Assistant, WRA Nepal

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 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

Brigid McConville

Chairperson, WRA UK

Brigid McConville

Chairperson, 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 the Chairperson of WRA UK and continues to write books and make films.

 

Caroline Maposhere

Board Member, WRA Zimbabwe

Caroline Maposhere

Board Member, 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

 

Christiana Asala

Senior Programme Manager/National Coordinator, WRA Nigeria

Christiana Asala

Senior Programme Manager/National Coordinator, WRA Nigeria

Christiana Asala is the Senior Programme Manager of White Ribbon Alliance Nigeria and also doubles as the National Coordinator where she provides technical direction to programmes, advocacy, communications and policy. She has worked with local and international stakeholders in both public and private sector.

Christiana has a background degree in Communication and she has evolved into a development specialist over the past 11 years with vast experience and skills in strategic communication, planning, Business Development, advocacy and programme development.

With experiences working with international organizations such as; FHI 360, UNDP, SOS Children’s Villages, Health Strategy Delivery Foundation (HSDF), MAPS, John Hopkins Centre for Communications Program, and Palladium, She has built strong experience and expertise in development work and helped organizations reach their goals through strategic planning, communication, advocacy, social marketing and programme development.

Chukure Victor Hamza

Board Member, WRA Nigeria

Chukure Victor Hamza

Board Member, WRA Nigeria

CHUKURE VICTOR HAMZA, is a lawyer and a member of prestigious Nigerian Bar Association. Born in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State in June 1983,  Chukure started his career in Law in 2011 after graduation from Nigeria Law school. He began building his career in law during his National youth service at the State Counsel with the Federal Ministry of Justice, Lafia. In 2012, Chukure moved on to become Associate Counsel, Ucheaguwa Enuma & Co., Alpha Oye Chambers. 2015, He worked as Associate Counsel, for Femi S. Akinbinu & Co chambers. He is currently Company Secretary and Legal Adviser to Trexcorp Group of Companies limited and its subsidiaries, and a Lead Partner, Magen Attorneys Abuja Nigeria.

DIANA COPELAND

Senior Communications Officer

DIANA COPELAND

Senior Communications Officer

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, and was promoted in 2018 to Senior Communications Officer in order to oversee and grow White Ribbon Alliance's digital and offline presence.

Before coming to White Ribbon Alliance, 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.

 

Selected Writings
What Women Want in Amsterdam (and Around the World)
Ending Child Marriage and Saving Lives: WRA Malawi in Action
Running with women, for women - Japan to Kenya to the U.S. and back

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, in 2005, Dina accompanied her mother to a capacity building meeting organized by White Ribbon Alliance in India. She 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 PPI, but often supports other efforts, and is a valued member of the WRA Indonesia team.

Dr Francis Ohanyido

Board Member, WRA Nigeria

Dr Francis Ohanyido

Board Member, WRA Nigeria

Dr Francis Ohanyido has a track record of significant leadership in global health management of two-decades, with experience spanning both Governmental and non-Governmental sectors. He has technical expertise on the subject matter of maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health plus nutrition (MNCAH+N);.

He is President and Senior Fellow of the West African Academy of Public Health (WAAPH) and chairs Health Workforce Committee of the Health Sector Reform Coalition (HSRC), the largest health-focused NGO coalition in Nigeria and is also a key member of the MNCH Core Technical Committee for Nigeria under FMOH. He has served as Vice-Chair of the White Ribbon Alliance, Nigeria. He is a strong advocate for sustainable development and a key convener of the UN SDGs Professional Support Group for Africa.

Dr. Ohanyido is a public health physician with a medical degree from Nigeria (MBBS), a postgraduate diploma in hospital & health administration, another postgraduate training in Public Health and Business Administration. He is an alumnus of the United Nations University’s 10th  e-Governance class and the Harvard’s TH Chan School of Public Health’s Health Outcomes Research programme. He is a 2006 CMDS Global Scholar, a Fellow of Academy of Public Health (FAPH), Fellow, Royal Society of Public Health (FRSPH), UK and Member of the Science Advisory Board (USA) . He is currently a faculty of the “Supercourse” of Epidemiology at WHO Collaborating Center of the University of Pittsburgh and was part of the global team that worked to develop the Research Methods of the Library of Alexandria, Egypt. He is happily married with children.

Dr. Adaeze Oreh

Board Secretary, WRA Nigeria

Dr. Adaeze Oreh

Board Secretary, WRA Nigeria

Dr Adaeze Oreh is a Family Physician with the Department of Hospital Services in the Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria. She holds an MBBS degree from University of Nigeria, Nsukka and Master of Science (MSc) degrees in International Health Management from Imperial College and Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in addition to certification in Leadership and Management from both Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health and University of Washington.

She has over 16 years’ experience in healthcare service delivery and health systems management across the private and public health sectors in Nigeria. Between 2009 and 2014, she was the programme manager in charge of Abuja Federal Capital Territory, Nassarawa and Niger States for the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) a United States' Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – U.S President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) project in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health. Her role was critical to national policy formulation, data analytics and management, operations supervision, quality assurance and emergency preparedness and response.

Dr Oreh is a Fellow of the West African College of Physicians, the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and the Royal Society of Public Health and sits on the Governing Council of Nigeria’s first private university of Medical Sciences. She is a health systems contributor for several publications including Premium Times and The Guardian addressing health inequities and universal health coverage. Dr Adaeze Oreh was recently selected as one of 25 recipients of the Aspen New Voices Fellowship for 2019 by the Aspen Institute - an initiative that recognises change makers in global health and development sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and George Soros’ Open Society Foundation. She currently serves as the Public Relations Officer of the Society of Family Physicians FCT Abuja and Keffi Zone and spoke at the 74th United Nations General Assembly Universal Health Coverage Pavilion in New York.

Dr. Amanullah Khan

Chairman/ Director, Forum for Safe Motherhood Pakistan

Dr. Amanullah Khan

Chairman/ Director, Forum for Safe Motherhood 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.

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

Member/ Advisor, Forum for Safe Motherhood Pakistan

Dr. Asma Badar, MD

Member/ Advisor, Forum for Safe Motherhood Pakistan

Dr. Asma joined the Alliance in 2015 after spending more than a decade as a public health specialist. She started her career as a 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 and later acquired a master's degree in nutrition and project management.

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

Dr. Beatrice Nwagbara

Board Member, WRA Nigeria

Dr. Beatrice Nwagbara

Board Member, WRA Nigeria

Dr. Beatrice Nwagbara works at the Nigeria Country office of the World Health Organization (WHO) as a National Consultant, Package of Essential Non-Communicable Disease Interventions (PEN) where she engages with high level stakeholders in the Federal Ministry of Health and other relevant stakeholders to provide policy advisory support on NCD prevention and control in Nigeria.

She also provides programmatic and technical assistance to WHO sub-recipients and awardees on NCD related projects such as oral health, mental health and diabetes. She has over 10 years of professional experience and excellent track record in leading large-scale programs in health, agriculture, mining, gender, education and livelihood, with evidenced proficiency in developing and implementing health development strategies and action plans, collaborating with diverse teams and stakeholders to improve health and socio-economic outcomes in difficult and resource constrained settings.

She acquired a Bachelor degree in Medicine and Surgery at University of Calabar and Master of Public Health at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Beatrice is married with Children.

Dr. Farhana Ahmad

National Coordinator, WRA Bangladesh

Dr. Farhana Ahmad

National Coordinator, WRA Bangladesh

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. Leila C. Varkey

Quality of Care Lead, WRA India

Dr. Leila C. Varkey

Quality of Care Lead, WRA India

Dr. Leila Caleb Varkey has passionately dedicated her career to improving the health of women and children in low-resource communities, especially in rural India, for the last 31 years. She as a health worker and nursing tutor before commencing doctoral studies at Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore USA in 1990. Leila is a founder member of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood and the Society of Midwives in India, both of which began at the end of the 1990s when maternal mortality in India was found to be very high. Leila currently serves as Senior Advisor, Reproductive Maternal Child and Newborn Health at Centre for Catalyzing Change (C3), India.  She also leads WRA India’s advocacy work on Quality of Care, which has been instrumental in promoting engagement of elected representatives and women themselves in demanding increased investment in human resources, infrastructure and budget allocation for reproductive, maternal and child health – especially in states which are under-resourced and continue to have high maternal mortality.   

Dr. Masood Abbasi

Director/ Member, Forum for Safe Motherhood Pakistan

Dr. Masood Abbasi

Director/ Member, Forum for Safe Motherhood Pakistan

Dr. Masood Ahmed Abbasi a leading public-sector reform expert, with over 27 years of experience in building institutional capacity to improve public sector delivery, monitoring and evaluation. This includes 10 years as a National Level Team Leader and key expert on donor funded international projects; 5 years as Provincial Lead implementing and overseeing donor funded projects; and, 12 years as a civil servant in Pakistan.

Dr. Abbasi achieved a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from Health Services Academy, Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad Pakistan in 1999 and Bachelors in Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) from University of Sindh in 1988. His career exhibits a good mix of working in the public and private sectors in both humanitarian and development settings. His most recent job was as Nutritionist with the United Nations World Food Program (UN WFP). Dr. Abbasi has experience working with Save the Children, UNICEF and WHO in the areas of Maternal, Newborn, Child Health & Nutrition, Family Planning, Health System Strengthening, Advocacy, and Project Management that includes program development, planning, and implementation. He has worked with Ministry of Health for almost 12 years at district level and has executed primary health care assignments.

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. Nanna has worked closely with high level policy makers both at state and national levels to advocate and consolidate the rights of every childbearing women in Nigeria.

From her days as a Masters Student in Community Medicine at University of Liverpool, Nanna 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 representatives of the Nigerian Ministry of Health, parliamentarians, policy makers, community-based organizations, and regulatory bodies including the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria and Representatives of the Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology of Nigeria.

Nanna’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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Dr. Rajesh Kumar

Provincial Coordinator Sindh, Forum for Safe Motherhood Pakistan

Dr. Rajesh Kumar

Provincial Coordinator Sindh, Forum for Safe Motherhood Pakistan

Dr. Rajesh has joined Forum for Safe Motherhood recently. He works as the Provincial Coordinator in Sindh Provine under the ‘Family Planning to achieve “’What Women Want” project. He is highly dedicated and resourceful professional with extensive experience in humanitarian and development settings. Proven expertise in supporting surveillance activities for AFP and VPD diseases to attain certification standards by creating micro plans for implementation of RED approach. Demonstrate integrity and fairness by modelling the organization values and ethical standards, shows commitment to organizations mission, and display cultural, gender, religion, race, and age sensitivity and adaptability. Possess the ability to work in all development and humanitarian settings and provide consistent responses. Self-motivated, flexible, skilled at managing and supporting daily program management, administrative and internal operations and functions. Detail-oriented, analytical and methodical with critical thinking to address work issues even under stress.

Dr.Rajesh has expertly worked on polio eradication in Pakistan and educated over 1500 LHWs while providing orientation to medical officers, including health Staff of Thatta and Mirpurkhas Division, he ensured zero refusals in Mirpurkhas Division for OPV administration by conducting over 200 community awareness sessions on health and hygiene in remote/desert areas.
His key skills include Supplementary Immunization Activities, Public Service Management, MNCH & Malnutrition, Family Planning, EPI Services, Program/Project Management, Social Services Administration, Relationship Management (Public, Government, NGOs & Suppliers), Monitoring & Evaluation, Surveillance Data & Monitoring Indicators, Polio Eradication Activities, Staff Training & Leadership, Records & Document Management and Effective Communicator

Dr.Rajesh possesses Degrees of Master of Public Health (MPH), Masters in Arts (Sociology) and MBBS with International training on Field Epidemiology from CDC Atlanta USA.

Dr. Samina Naeem Khalid 

Member/Advisor, Forum for Safe Motherhood Pakistan

Dr. Samina Naeem Khalid 

Member/Advisor, Forum for Safe Motherhood Pakistan

Dr. Samina is a maternal, newborn and child health consultant, heading the Reproductive Health Research Center in Islamabad. She is Joint Secretary & Member of the Executive Council of WRA Pakistan. A medical doctor, Khalid holds an MPhil, PhD & Postgraduate Fellowship in Gynae & Reproductive Medicine with specialized training in ART from Cleveland Clinic, USA. She is a Clinician & Researcher having more than 23 years of work experience. She has organized multiple large-scale public health conferences and technical training workshops. Her scope of work includes MNCH Programs with USAID, UNICEF, WHO, White Ribbon Alliance- Pakistan, John Hopkins University, MdM & Ipas, and she has been actively involved in the What Women Want campaign – from initial conceptualizing to strategic outreach – which mobilized more than 250,000 responses from women and girls in Pakistan. 

Dr. Shuaib Khan

Vice Chairman/ Director, Forum for Safe Motherhood Pakistan

Dr. Shuaib Khan

Vice Chairman/ Director, Forum for Safe Motherhood Pakistan

Dr. Shuaib Khan, Chief Executive Officer of Punjab Healthcare Commission (PHC) has over 32 years of experience in leading, designing, implementing and managing healthcare projects and health systems’ strengthening in both the public and development sectors, including 25 years in the public sector on senior management positions.

While working in the development sector, Dr Khan provided technical support and oversight to partners and government departments in matters pertaining to strategic planning, health systems reforms, human resource development, capacity the building, and integration of services.

He has vast experience in establishing mega hospitals, managing tertiary care hospitals and digitalizing hospital functions. He has also developed, implemented and managed strategic communication interventions for integrated health programs, specifically family planning, nutrition, and maternal and child health programs.

Dr. Khan has been working extensively with the public and private sectors and has provided leadership towards bringing a positive change in the lives of marginalized communities and nurtured innovation in Pakistan.

Elena Ateva

Advocacy Manager

Elena Ateva

Advocacy Manager

Elena Ateva is the Advocacy Manager at White Ribbon Alliance and the Maternal Health lead for the USAID/Health Policy Plus Project. 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 reproductive, maternal and newborn health and rights. Elena is an attorney and a human rights advocate who has been involved in the movement for respectful care in her home country, Bulgaria, and throughout Eastern Europe. Prior to joining WRA, Ateva was the Eastern Europe Legal Advocacy Coordinator for the international non-profit Human Rights in Childbirth and later served on the board of the organization. Her work has also focused on prevention of other forms of violence against women, including domestic violence and trafficking in Bulgaria and the United States.

 

Selected Writings
Upholding Rights Under COVID-19: The Respectful Maternity Care Charter
My Equality Declaration: Statement from the White Ribbon Alliance at the 64th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women
RMC is not a Luxury: The Case for Respectful Maternity Care in Humanitarian Settings
Midwifery is a vital solution — What is holding back global progress?

Eya Mwenifumbo-Gondwe

Programs & Advocacy Manager, WRA Malawi

Eya Mwenifumbo-Gondwe

Programs & Advocacy Manager, WRA Malawi

Eya Mwenifumbo Gondwe comes to White Ribbon Alliance with 13 years of progressive work in health systems strengthening specifically in reproductive, maternal, neonatal and Child health. She has worked on different projects with multiple donors to strengthen RMNCH in health facilities owned by Christian Health Association of Malawi (CHAM) for over 6 years.

Eya holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and a post graduate University certificate in midwifery from Kamuzu College of Nursing. She also holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the Malawi College of Medicine. Eya is a passionate, highly motivated, vibrant team player who strongly believes that no mother should die whilst giving birth.

Faridah Luyiga

Communication Manager, WRA Uganda

Faridah Luyiga

Communication Manager, WRA Uganda

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 Nkhoma

Programs Officer, WRA Malawi

George Nkhoma

Programs Officer, WRA Malawi

George leads implementation of WRA Malawi programs and activities in Malawi as a Programs Officer. He is a midwife who has worked in the NGO sector for the past three years. George also spent the first five years of his work experience as a bedside midwife and manager in the public health sector of Malawi. He received a BSc. Nursing and Midwifery degree from Mzuzu University. George developed a strong sense of the nonprofit sector as a beneficiary of the White Ribbon Alliance sponsorship to attend the 71st United General Assembly and as a One Young World Scholar in 2018. This experience gave him a deep appreciation for how the nonprofit sector improves the quality lives for the vulnerable, including mothers and newborns.

Geraldine Nyaku

National Coordinator, WRA Zimbabwe

Geraldine Nyaku

National Coordinator, WRA Zimbabwe

Geraldine Nyaku holds a BA Law degree from the University of Johannesburg and a post-graduate certificate on Women’s Rights in Africa from the Center of Human Rights, University of Pretoria. She is an alumna of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Regional Leadership Center (RLC) Southern Africa (SA). She is a women’s rights activist who has been working in the civic society for the past six years. She has extensive experience in advocacy, lobbying for children and women’s rights, conducting trainings on gender based violence, women’s rights, the constitution and its compliance with legislative policies and facilitation. She has worked with diverse communities at grassroots level and with different government structures from local authorities to ministries and policy makers to advocate for the rights of women and children. She believes that White Ribbon Alliance is a great platform for advancing women and newborn’s rights and to contribute towards social change and community development. She hopes to bring her multifaceted leadership style and innovative solutions to improve and promote maternal and new born health and rights both in the national and global alliance.

Gloria Adoyi

Board Member, WRA Nigeria

Gloria Adoyi

Board Member, WRA Nigeria

Gloria Adoyi works under the reproductive health unit of Nigeria’s Population Council as a Program Manager. Through her role in Population Council, she successfully facilitated the harmonization of National training manuals and job aids for different cadre of service providers on the prevention and management of pre-eclampsia/eclampsia in Nigeria. She is an advocate for improved budget allocation to maternal health.

Gloria has vast knowledge in Monitoring and Evaluation having nurtured her years of experience in budget monitoring, tracking and analysis in Maternal Health for over 14 years in Nigeria. She has expertise in quality improvement in maternal and child health having been trained at the Liverpool School of Tropical medicine, UK. She is skilled at managing collaborative projects with bilateral donors, foundations and Ministries of Health.

She has a degree in Microbiology from Bayero University Kano State and MSC in Pharmaceutical Microbiology, at the School of Postgraduate Studies, Bayero University Kano.

Hadija Dorayi

Board Member, WRA Nigeria

Hadija Dorayi

Board Member, WRA Nigeria

Hadija Dorayi served as the Technical Assistant to the office of the Vice President on Sustainable Development Goals Projects. Before her appointment at the office of the Vice president, she was the Nigeria Lead for Population Refference Bereau, a Washington based NGO that supports Federal Ministry of health with training and advocacy materials on maternal /child health and nutrition.

Hadiza has also worked as an Output Lead for UK Department for International Development, DFIDs voices for change, where she was responsible for mentoring adolescent girls to become future leaders and agents of change. This includes boosting their leadership skills, self confidence and creating the right enviromment for them to make informed descisions about their lives and their future.

Hadiza worked with Save the Children International as head of campaign and communications, she advocated for improved laws and policies and helped prioritize childrens’ issues at Federal and State levels. In collaboration with the UN Millenium Campaign, she coordinated the inclusion of Nigerian Civil Society voices into the Global Post 2015 Sustainable Development Agenda (SDGs). As a hobby, Hadiza produces video documentaries on sustainanle development issues. Her documentaries have been screened at International conferences such as the UN General Assembly in New York, launch of the State of the World's Mother's Report in London, the high level meeting on Sustainable Development in Bali, the Immunization Conference in Addis Ababa and a screening for Bill Gates and Aliko Dangote at the lauch of Routine Immunisation Strategy in Abuja.

She is a graduate of Law from University of Abuja, with a Masters degree in Law. She is a member of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), the Muslim Lawyers Association of Nigeria (MULAN).

Hauwa K. Yerima

Board Member, WRA Nigeria

Hauwa K. Yerima

Board Member, WRA Nigeria

Hauwa is a Program Associate with the MacArthur Foundation, Africa Office in Abuja. She is responsible for processing grants to ensure effective compliance with grantmaking guidelines in the pre and post grant processes. The grant areas which she facilitates include: strengthening  the criminal justice architecture, reducing corruption in the education and electricity sectors, supporting media and journalism to  carry out in-depth corruption investigations , exposing corruption and sharing information on anti -corruption efforts, as well as support for entertainment and faith-based organizations to use their work to influence attitudes and behaviors with a view to promoting accountability.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Hauwa was a Program Officer at the Zero Corruption Coalition, an organization committed to the re-establishment of the culture of transparency, accountability, integrity and respect for human dignity, in order to attain good governance and social justice. While with ZCC, she was responsible for project conceptualization, implementation and monitoring of anti-corruption and accountability programs amongst other programs. She also coordinated the drafting of bills to amend the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Act, Independent and Corrupt Practices and Other Related Matters (ICPC) Act, and the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act.

Hauwa holds a Law degree from the University of Lagos and a Masters in Science Degree (MSc) in counter fraud and counter corruption studies from the University of Portsmouth

Hester Mkwinda Nyasulu

Executive Director, WRA Malawi

Hester Mkwinda Nyasulu

Executive Director, WRA Malawi

Hester Mkwinda Nyasulu comes to WRA Malawi with more than 15 years of professional work and experience which includes a combination of technical expertise with passionate advocacy and organizational leadership to elevate the most vulnerable: women, orphans, people living with HIV and others whose voices too often go unheard. He brings a wealth of experience in overseeing successful start-up and implementation of public health projects, most notably in contributing to the successful bidding process for $6 million USAID funding for GOAL.

Hester is completing his PhD in Business Administration (Organizational Development) with UNICAF University and has a Master in Business Administration from Maastricht School of Management (Netherlands). Hester is a Fellow in HIV Leadership and Management with the College of Medicine, a constituent of the University of Malawi. He also serves as the Vice Board Chairperson to Future SACCO Limited and a Board Member to South Malawi Conference of Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Ibu Giwo Rubianto

Board Chair, WRA Indonesia

Ibu Giwo Rubianto

Board Chair, WRA Indonesia

Ibu Giwo Rubianto 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.

Ihatsham Akram

Member/Advisor, Forum for Safe Motherhood Pakistan

Ihatsham Akram

Member/Advisor, Forum for Safe Motherhood Pakistan

A founding member of WRA Pakistan, Mr. Ihatsham Akram served as the National Coordinator for 6 years before joining the Governing Body. 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 policiesHe 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. 

Jane Griffiths

Board Member

Jane Griffiths

Board Member

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

Jayne Arinze-Egemonye

Board Member, WRA Nigeria

Jayne Arinze-Egemonye

Board Member, WRA Nigeria

JAYNE ARINZE-EGEMONYE has a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka Anambra State. She is one of the pioneer staffs of White Ribbon Alliance, for safe Motherhood Nigeria (WRAN), as the alliance member, she started her career in January 2010 working as a Program and Communications Assistant with (WRAN).  While working with WRAN, she was the first national youth representative for the 2012 and 2014 National Family Planning Conference.

Over the years, Jane has fully evolved in her development profession, with vast experience in programm design and management. As a result-driven development expert, Jayne is skilled at data analysis and visualization and is proficient in project strategy development. Her Monitoring and Evaluation skills earned her the position of a Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Officer    with Civil Society Scaling-Up Nutrition in Nigeria (CSSUNN) where she does budget and policy analysis with focus on governance, gender, nutrition, reproductive and maternal, newborn and child health

In 2017, she designed “a Project Management, Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning strategy” to support scale-up nutrition through the implementation of Nigeria’s “Health Sector Strategic Plan of Action for Nutrition in selected States in Nigeria”. She is married with children and is currently studying for her master’s degree in Poverty and Development at University of Sussex.

Joan Kibabu

Programs Assistant, WRA Kenya

Joan Kibabu

Programs Assistant, WRA Kenya

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.

Katy Bumpus

Senior Business and Organizational Development Officer

Katy Bumpus

Senior Business and Organizational Development Officer

Katy Bumpus joined White Ribbon Alliance in July 2019 as a Senior Business and Organizational Development Officer. Katy works to support the Global Secretariat across a variety of cross-cutting capacities, including implementing cross-departmental processes, ensuring key deliverables are communicated and met, collaborating with National Alliance colleagues on efforts related to governance, monitoring and evaluation, capacity development, and learning. She also plays an active role in WRA’s partnership and business development.

Katy’s previous experience spans international development, government and political arenas. Prior to attending graduate school, Katy spent eight years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation working with their Executive, Global Policy and Advocacy, and Maternal Newborn and Child Health teams focusing on strategy development, stakeholder engagement, program implementation, and key advocacy deliverables. She has supported projects and staff in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Malawi, Nepal, and Nigeria. Katy has also worked on U.S. policy at state and national levels. She received her MPP from King’s College London and her BA in Political Science with a minor in Sociology from the University of Kansas. Rock Chalk, Jayhawk!

Kay King

Executive Director, WRA UK

Kay King

Executive Director, WRA UK

Kay King joined White Ribbon Alliance UK, as Executive Director at the start of 2020. Kay has worked for 14 years in charity development and fundraising and is also a practicing doula. Having worked to support several leading UK maternity organisations with their governance, finances and change agendas through her career Kay will be joining WRA UK to oversee the organisations growth into new partnerships and projects. Kay has spent many years of her working life in South Africa, during which time she worked to support maternity initiatives and poverty alleviation campaigns in the Eastern Cape. Kay is a Yoga teacher and is mother to 2 young children.

Kimberly Whipkey

Advocacy & Communications Manager

Kimberly Whipkey

Advocacy & Communications Manager

Kimberly Whipkey joined White Ribbon Alliance in October 2018 as an Advocacy Manager where she oversees the Alliance’s accountability program portfolio. Kimberly has more than 12 years of experience in policy, advocacy, accountability, and communications related to global and domestic health. Most recently, she served as Senior Policy and Advocacy Officer at PATH responsible for developing and implementing strategies to advance sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health policy and advocacy goals in PATH’s program countries. In a prior role at PATH, Kimberly was an advocacy and communications specialist with the Protection Options for Women Product Development Partnership, where she led innovative advocacy initiatives to expand access to female condoms. Before PATH, she oversaw grassroots advocacy to strengthen U.S. foreign policy on sexual and reproductive health and rights at the Center for Health and Gender Equity and led community mobilization to advance state-level reproductive health policy at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England in Maine. Kimberly has supported projects and staff in Bangladesh, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Kenya, Myanmar, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, and Zambia. She received an MPH from George Mason University and a BA in sociology and women and gender studies from Bates College.

In her free time, Kimberly enjoys running and hiking, reading dystopian novels, and chasing her toddler around.

 

Selected Writings
Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality: What Will It Take?

Kristy Kade

Deputy Executive Director

Kristy Kade

Deputy Executive Director

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.

 

Selected Writings
Self-Care Starts with Women
Water, Sanitation and Hygiene - it’s What Women Want
Our Health, Our Voices: Women Want to be Heard
Top 5 reasons why women’s voices matter when it comes to reproductive and maternal healthcare

Laxmi Khanal

Program Manager, WRA Nepal

Laxmi Khanal

Program Manager, WRA Nepal

Laxmi Shah

Province Coordinator, WRA Nepal

Laxmi Shah

Province Coordinator, WRA Nepal

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.

Maceline Mutsa Mukwamba

Core-Committee Member, WRA Zimbabwe

Maceline Mutsa Mukwamba

Core-Committee Member, WRA Zimbabwe

Maceline Mutsa Mukwamba is a Nurse Educator, Public Health specialist and a National trainer on Sexual and Gender based Violence. She is the current National Treasurer for the Zimbabwean East Central and Southern College of Nurses (ECSACON), and a Health consultant.

Maceline was drawn to WRA Zimbabwe due to the notable work on respectful maternity care, which promotes safe delivery and optimal health maintenance of the mother throughout the reproductive life, and ensures a significant decline in both neonatal morbidity and mortality. She also has a passion for Sexual and Reproductive Health Right advocacy.

Mariam Claeson

Board Member

Mariam Claeson

Board Member

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.

Marissa Ware

Communications & Advocacy Specialist

Marissa Ware

Communications & Advocacy Specialist

Marissa joined White Ribbon Alliance in 2018 and transitioned to her current role as Communications and Advocacy Specialist in 2019 to grow her passion for strategic communications. Marissa contributes to the digital engagement strategy through managing WRA's social media and supporting the development of communications campaigns.

Prior to joining WRA, Marissa spent three years working in diverse, international non-profits focused on maternal and reproductive health. Most recently, she served as a program coordinator for Save the Mothers in Uganda, supporting their Master of Public Health Leadership Program. She previously served as an intern at Georgetown University’s Institute for Reproductive Health, working on USAID interventions in gender-based violence and family planning taught through community theatre.

Marissa holds a MPH from the University of Edinburgh, and a BSc in biology and Spanish from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

 

Selected Writings

Molly Browning

Organizational Development Specialist

Molly Browning

Organizational Development Specialist

Molly Browning came to the White Ribbon Alliance in 2019 as Executive and Operations Assistant. Molly oversees all office operations while working to support the senior leadership of the Global Secretariat as well as coordinating deliverables across all WRA teams, including the Board of Directors and the National Alliance Council.  Molly received her bachelor’s degree in Science, Technology, and Society with a minor in Molecular Biology from the University of Puget Sound in 2017. In her free time, she loves to take every type of dance class around and enjoys getting outside to hike, kayak, or go surfing.

Muhammad Kashif

Finance and Admin Officer, Forum for Safe Motherhood Pakistan

Muhammad Kashif

Finance and Admin Officer, Forum for Safe Motherhood Pakistan

Muhammad Kashif is working at White Ribbon Alliance Pakistan Chapter as Admin and Finance Officer from June, 2019. In this capacity he oversees the administrative, financial and human resource matters of the organization.

Kashif is a Finance professional with 8 years of experience in Financial Reporting, Budgeting, Variance reports, taxation, Petty cash Management, Internal/External Audit, General Office Administration, Reconciliations and Inventory Management. During his career he has worked in different organizations and has experience of handling multi- donor funded projects, He holds a degree of M.Sc in Finance from Institute of Management Sciences, Peshawar

Newton Kalua

Communications Intern, WRA Malawi

Newton Kalua

Communications Intern, WRA Malawi

Newton Kalua was born in Blantyre, Malawi, in 1995. In 2017 he got awarded a certificate in journalism from Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ), and in 2018 he received a diploma in journalism at the very same institution.

During MIJ’s diploma attachments, in pursuit of his diploma, he was posted at MIJ FM from May to June, 2018 and at Luso Television from June to August, 2018. Soon after completing his diploma programme at MIJ he secured his first full time job as an online reporter at Dot Solutions (where he was posting stories on its websites; faceofmalawi.com and Malawi-sports.com) in September, 2018, where he worked for about a year. From there he joined Music Crossroads Malawi as a Communications volunteer, and currently, he is working at White Ribbon Alliance- Malawi as a Communications intern.

Nisha Singh

Advocacy Officer

Nisha Singh

Advocacy Officer

Nisha Singh joined White Ribbon Alliance in 2016 as Grants Administrator and transitioned to her current role as Advocacy Officer to build on her passion for the WRA programming and on her experience working with National Alliances via grant and subgrants management and implementation. As an Advocacy Officer, Nisha supports the WRA Power and Rights program portfolio, advancing the agency, health and human rights of women, girls and newborns and contributing to WRA’s broader advocacy campaigns.

Nisha came to WRA from a mixed background in US-based community organizing and project management for international nonprofits. She graduated from Macalester College with a BA in Political Science and Mathematics and is currently a Master’s in Public Policy (Evening Program) candidate at Georgetown University.

Outside of work, Nisha teaches dance, is an avid book-clubber, enjoys exploring all of DC’s caffeination options and aspires to Great British Bake-Off glory.

 

Selected Writings
My Equality Declaration: Statement from the White Ribbon Alliance at the 64th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

Picture of White Ribbon Alliance Board Member Nora Connors

Nora Connors

Board Member

Nora Connors

Board Member

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.

Rabindra Bahadur Pradhan

National Coordinator, WRA Nepal

Rabindra Bahadur Pradhan

National Coordinator, WRA Nepal

As the National Coordinator and General Secretary of Safe Motherhood Network Federation (SMNF/WRA Nepal) 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, one of the National Organization of (JCI) Junior Chamber International, a non-profit international non-governmental organization of young people.

He mobilizes youth and communities in Kirtipur for social change. He loves facilitating programs and events at the community, national and global level. He carefully and efficiently orchestrated a successful opening ceremony of WRA Global meeting which was held at Kathmandu in 2017, with participation from Nepal's Prime Minister, the First Lady, representatives from the Ministry of Health, and other high-level individuals. During this ceremony he acted as the event moderator.

In addition to his voluntary work advocating for safe motherhood, he is involved in many business organizations. He received EMBA from Himalayan WhiteHouse Int'l College, Purbanchal University and he is the chief of District Lions Leadership Institute of Lions Clubs International, District 325 A2 Nepal.

 

Rafia Rauf

National Coordinator, Forum for Safe Motherhood Pakistan

Rafia Rauf

National Coordinator, Forum for Safe Motherhood Pakistan

Rafia Rauf is working at White Ribbon Alliance Pakistan Chapter as Project Director from December, 2019. In this capacity she not only oversees the implementation of various projects undertaken by the organization, but also leads the team at the National Secretariat.

Rafia is a development professional with 16 years of experience in Grants Management, Project Management & Budgeting, Organizational Evaluation, Donor Regulations and Compliance, Operations Management, Contract/Award Management, Communication & Outreach, Change Management and Event Management. During her career she has held senior managerial positions and has experience of working with international donor organizations, Government of Pakistan and the corporate sector. She holds a degree of M.Phil in Psychology from Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad

Rajendra Raika

Province Coordinator, WRA Nepal

Rajendra Raika

Province Coordinator, WRA Nepal

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.

Rumbidzai Tawonezvi-Moyo

Chairperson- Core Committee, WRA Zimbabwe

Rumbidzai Tawonezvi-Moyo

Chairperson- Core Committee, WRA Zimbabwe

Rumbidzai Tawonezvi-Moyo is a Legal Practitioner by profession and a Human Rights activist specialising in Women's Rights. She has an LLB from the University of Witwatersrand. She is passionate about advancing the rights of women and girls and looks forward to a Zimbabwe where women are empowered, equipped and safe from all forms of abuse. Through WRAZ Rumbi would like to contribute to a Zimbabwe where women realize their Sexual reproductive Health rights, because every woman has a right to safe motherhood. She is married to Kudzaishe Moyo and has a daughter named Thandiwe Noa.

Sabeen Zehra

Finance and Admin Assistant, Forum for Safe Motherhood Pakistan

Sabeen Zehra

Finance and Admin Assistant, Forum for Safe Motherhood Pakistan

Sabeen has an academic background in social sciences and have been working in the development sector for the past 8 years now. Women empowerment through education, entrepreneurship and maternal health are her core areas of interest and expertise. She was formerly working in a US based NGO Iqra fund and Agha Khan Rural Support Program where she worked for women empowerment through ensuring quality education for young girls and through providing businesses to the married and handicapped women. Sabeen joined White Ribbon Alliance in August 2019 as an Admin and Finance Assistant and playing her part in bringing positive change in improving maternal health care services in Pakistan.

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.

Sandra Mwarania

Advocacy & Program Manager, WRA Kenya

Sandra Mwarania

Advocacy & Program Manager, WRA Kenya

Sandra is a pan-african youth advocate and fearless campaigner for women’s health and rights. She has been instrumental developing progressive policies, strategies and campaigns, including contributing to thought leadership on effective youth engagement and gender diversity mainstreaming. Sandra’s combined background and experience in anthropology, development, and activism continues to influence her engagements with the community, including young people, women and those experiencing injustices. She is currently the Advocacy and Program Manager at White Ribbon Alliance Kenya and a member of Amnesty International’s global youth collective.

Shivana Shrestha

Documentation Officer, WRA Nepal

Shivana Shrestha

Documentation Officer, WRA Nepal

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.

 

Selected Writings
What Do Women Want? Clean Toilets in Healthcare Facilities
Maternity Care: Progress for Women and Newborns in Humanitarian Settings
Time's Up: Gender Equality Now
The Everyday Relay of Being a WRA Advocate

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

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.

Sushila Khadka

Support Staff, WRA Nepal

Sushila Khadka

Support Staff, WRA Nepal

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.

Tahir Abbas

Project Coordinator, Forum for Safe Motherhood Pakistan

Tahir Abbas

Project Coordinator, Forum for Safe Motherhood Pakistan

Tahir Abbas has recently joined Research and Development Forum for the Safe Motherhood as Project Coordinator for the project titled Safer Together- Respectful Maternity Care during COVID19 Pandemic. Being the focal person of this initiative, Mr. Abbas is responsible for undertaking all coordination tasks relating to implementation of the project. He is actively involved in all engagements with different stakeholders, experts and champions of Reproductive, Maternal and Child Health at the national and provincial level for taking forward advocacy agenda of respectful maternity during and post COVID19 pandemic.

Prior to joining the Forum, he has worked with different development organizations and his main area of expertise is communication and advocacy. Most recently, he has served as Manager for an advocacy project which aimed to promoting legislation and taking action to end child marriage in Pakistan.  Mr. Abbas holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from Quiad-e-Azam University Islamabad.

Tariah Adams

Communications & Advocacy Officer, WRA Nigeria

Tariah Adams

Communications & 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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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.

Tina Ravi

Project Manager, WRA India

Tina Ravi

Project Manager, WRA India

Tina Ravi has been associated with WRA India since its inception in 1999.  She worked as Senior Program Associate with CEDPA (now known as Centre for Catalyzing Change), the WRAI National Secretariat, and supported WRAI activities before taking a sabbatical in 2007.   She is proud to have been part of major WRAI milestones such as the March to the Taj, Declaration of the National Safe Motherhood Day and the movement to promote Respectful Maternity Care in India.

Since 2016, as a Project Manager, Tina leads WRAI’s Respectful Maternity Care Program, which was successful in centring and positioning RMC as a vital component of Quality of Care and the center of government of India’s maternal health policies and programs.

Being a mother of two herself, she continues to be an advocate for safe motherhood and firmly believes in the rights of women for a quality, equitable and dignified health care service.

Tonte Ibraye

National Coordinator, WRA Nigeria

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.

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.