CEO and Co-Founder
Every day I’m privileged to be part of a community bound by the belief that health is a human right. Our ability to dream big, to ignore the status quo, and to achieve results will ensure that by working together every woman, man, and child has the opportunity to live a healthy life.
Barbara Bush is CEO and co-founder of Global Health Corps. Before joining Global Health Corps’ founding team in 2008, Barbara worked in Educational Programming at the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, where she supported design thinking programs for high school students and faculty in Louisiana, Texas, Minnesota, and New York. Previously, she worked for Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Capetown, South Africa and interned for UNICEF in Botswana. She has traveled with the UN World Food Programme, focusing on the importance of nutrition in ARV treatment. Barbara is a member of UNICEF’s Next Generation Steering Committee and is one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Shapers. She is on the Board of Directors of Covenant House International, PSI, and Friends of the Global Fight for AIDS, TB, and Malaria. She is a Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Social Entrepreneur and a fellow of the Echoing Green Foundation, which selected Global Health Corps as one of the 14 most innovative social start-ups worldwide out of 1500 applicants. Barbara Bush graduated from Yale University with a degree in Humanities in 2004.
Vice President of Programs
The right to health is fundamental to the well-being and prosperity for all women, men and children. As long as inequities persist, so must we – building a future where all people can enjoy a healthy, productive, and dignified life, no matter where they live.
As VP of Programs, Heather is responsible for the development of GHC’s fellow training and support programs, as well as the management of relationships with partner organizations. Prior to joining GHC, Heather was a Vice President at Global Health Strategies, an international advocacy and communications consulting firm. She oversaw a portfolio of public and private sector clients, including The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Women Deliver and GlaxoSmithKline Vaccines. Heather previously served as a Senior Program Officer at the International Division of Planned Parenthood Federation of America in Washington D.C. Additionally, she spent time in Ethiopia helping to establish a youth program for EngenderHealth. Before joining the global health community, Heather spent six years at Accenture, a management consulting firm. She holds a Master of Public Health from Columbia University and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.
Vice President of Operations
Winston Churchill said, “Never ever, ever give up.” Joining Global Health Corps is my way of doing that in an area I feel most passionate about – access to quality healthcare for all.
As VP of Operations, Tali is responsible for developing internal systems and resources to support efficient program operations and future program growth. Prior to joining Global Health Corps, Tali worked at Phoenix House, serving first as Vice President, Director of National Business Development and then as Vice President, Director of Military Services. She led the launch of Phoenix House’s first specialized substance abuse treatment program for military veterans. Before joining Phoenix House, Tali worked at Public Health Solutions, launching a range of healthcare access programs and serving as the Director of Marketing for a network of family planning and prenatal care clinics. Tali earned a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.B.A. from Fordham University.
East Africa Regional Director
Working for Global Health Corps is my opportunity to play my role in the health equity movement. I throw in all my weight every day to support fellows and partners who work daily at the front line in the fight for global health.
Before joining Global Health Corps, Barbara was the East Africa Regional Representative for Trickle Up (a New York-based non-profit organization empowering people living on less than $1.25 a day to take the first steps out of poverty) where she was tasked with launching the regional office in Kampala, building the organization’s visibility and effectiveness in the region, and recruiting and managing partner organizations. Barbara also previously served as the CEO and Credit Manager at Gatsby Microfinance Ltd. She holds a B.A. in Social Work and Social Administration from Makerere University and an MSc. in Development Management from the UK’s Open University. During her master’s studies, Barbara was a Kulika Charitable Trust Scholar—a UK and Uganda charity for education grants, scholarships and sustainable agriculture education.
Malawi Program Manager
Health impacts and is affected by every other sphere of human development. We need a community of leaders who share a sense of shock about health inequity and social injustice, and bring different perspectives and skills to create transformational change.
Before joining GHC, Helen was living in Malawi supporting the work of a range of non-profit organizations. She spent several months living in the Dzaleka refugee camp, where she delivered training in sustainable food growing and nutrition, facilitation skills and management. Other projects included an evaluation of a social enterprise at a center for people living with HIV and AIDS and developing communications content and strategy.
Helen worked for many years in the refugee sector in the UK, where she developed and managed a range of projects supporting the integration and empowerment of refugees. She has also worked with indigenous people in the Peruvian Amazon, supporting them to create proposals and push for implementation of a development plan promised by the Regional Government. She has worked on a number of self- initiated voluntary projects, including working alongside Burmese ex-political prisoners in Thailand, a village cooperative in Venezuela and education projects in Nicaragua, Zambia and Ghana.
Helen holds an MProf (Professional Masters) in Leadership for Sustainable Development from Middlesex University and a BA in Psychology and Philosophy from Sheffield University.
Jean Marie Karikurubu
Burundi Program Manager
Global Health Corps is a perfect platform where people come together with skills from different professional and educational backgrounds and pull in one direction to ensure individuals, groups and communities can access health and health care facilities regardless of their status. I am proud to be part of this inspired and motivated growing movement.
Before joining GHC, Jean Marie was a Complex Needs Worker for Novas Overtures Group in Liverpool, UK, where he helped vulnerable adults and people with mental health and substance misuse issues sustain their tenancy agreements and integrate into their communities. Jean Marie has also served as the Program Coordinator for International Great Lakes New Vision in the Great Lakes region of Burundi, Rwanda and the DRC. He helped the victims of armed conflict gain access to basic needs during humanitarian crises. He has been a Support Officer for the International Criminal Court, assisting with investigations of those suspected to have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity, and he has served as a Protection Delegate for the International Committee of the Red Cross in the DRC. He provided assistance in detention facilities and judiciary guarantees, and aided family reunification for those who had been separated from or lost contact with their loved ones. Jean Marie also monitored human rights violations in the East Mediterranean and Gulf countries as a Press Monitor for Amnesty International. Jean Marie holds an L.L.M. in International Law from Liverpool University in the U.K., a B.A. in Communication Management from The Inholland University in The Netherlands, and a B.Sc (Hons) in Public Health from Liverpool John Moores University in the U.K.
Jean René Shema
East Africa Program Manager
I believe that multidisciplinary solidarity and leadership are indispensable at all levels, to efficiently address even a sole developmental issue such as health equity.
Shema joined the GHC team full-time in August 2011 to launch the GHC office in Kigali, which supports fellows and partner organizations in Rwanda and Burundi. He has previously worked as the National Volunteering Program Manager at Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) in Rwanda, where he also managed a Multicultural Global Exchange program, and nurtured and managed a Diaspora volunteering scheme bringing Rwandan experts living in North America to work in Rwanda. Shema worked also within Partners in Health in Rwanda for more than 3 years managing PIH growth in Kirehe District in terms of health care services, health access systems and health infrastructure. He also served as Chief of Staff and Public Relations for PIH/IMB Rwanda. Shema, who represented the Rwandan Youth in the 2nd sitting of the International Youth Parliament held in Sydney, Australia in 2004, holds a degree in History and Politics from the National University of Rwanda, where he served as Secretary General for the General Students Union from 2003 to 2004.
U.S. Program Manager
I believe that real change will only come with true collaboration. None of us know all of the answers, but what I love about GHC is that we can tap into the communal knowledge of our community so that we never feel like we are working alone.
Before joining the staff team as US Program Manager, Jennifer was a 2011-2012 Global Health Corps fellow placed with Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative in Malawi. Prior to her departure for Malawi, Jennifer worked in resource development for International Medical Corps. Jennifer was also a project facilitator for a small organization under the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), for which she implemented a health education center in Kala Refugee Camp in Zambia. Jennifer graduated cum laude and with college honors from University of California at Los Angeles with a degree in Anthropology, and took time off to volunteer as an EMT in Israel. During college, Jennifer participated in a year of service with AmeriCorps, where she worked as a paralegal at the Inglewood Courthouse providing legal aid to self-representing litigants. In addition, Jennifer had a brief stint in the movie industry, working as an accountant and associate producer on movies in Hollywood and Peru.
Nchimunya “Eric” Chiyombwe
Zambia Program Manager
There is an inner satisfaction in beginning a day knowing that our efforts will increase the possibility of more people gaining access to health, which is otherwise inaccessible due to social injustices perpetrated by inequities.
Eric is a strong advocate for social justice and has been a development practitioner in Zambia for over 8 years. Eric’s advocacy work includes developing position papers for presentation to Parliamentary Committee hearings, as well as civil society campaigns ranging from the Global Campaign for Education to debt cancellation. Eric coordinated policy advocacy work for the National Youth Constitutional Assembly in Zambia. He was also involved in the evaluation of Zambia’s implementation of the World Program of Action for Youth, and he helped to produce Zambia’s civil society report to the United Nations. He was nominated by the Government of Zambia to sit on the National Technical Committee to review Zambia’s youth policy and to draft the current, revised policy.
Eric has experience as the National Coordinator for Women and Land Rights. He developed a partnership program between Action Aid International Zambia and its local partners. This included implementing the partners and annual program planning, as well as managing researchers and provincial staff. Eric also partnered with the Gender Ministry in advocating for the promotion of women’s rights. Eric from is a graduate of the University of Wales, Swansea in the United Kingdom, with a M.Sc. in Social Development.
Community Engagement Associate
Global Health Corps is a community that resists complacency and embraces complexity. Access to health is a universal right and our passionate team is committed to making that a reality.
Anne joined the team in November 2012 to lead external communications and provide development support. Anne previously spent six years with the global PR firm Edelman Worldwide where she handled media relations for a range of healthcare clients; from global pharmaceutical and biotech brands, to hospitals and managed care companies. On top of her daily responsibilities, Anne spearheaded philanthropic and volunteer programs in both the San Francisco and New York offices, specifically launching a multi-year partnership with the Junior Achievement of New York and an ongoing volunteer program with GLIDE Memorial soup kitchen. In 2011, Anne received funding from Edelman for a self-defined externship to volunteer with two organizations in Cape Town, South Africa – mothers2mothers and Cell-Life. Originally hailing from the Washington D.C. area, Anne graduated with a B.A. in History from Yale University in 2006 where she was also captain of the gymnastics team and acknowledged as an All-American Scholar Athlete.
The fundamental human right to health can only be realized through the participation, innovation, and intelligence of a truly global movement of diverse leaders. Working with Global Health Corps and supporting GHC fellows and partners is my way of helping to strengthen this right to health, and fighting against the global inequities that threaten it.
Emily joined the GHC team in June 2012 to support the operations of the organization. Emily is passionate about social justice and health equity, and has pursued this interest as a volunteer for Health Leads, an organization that aims to combat the social determinants of poor health. Emily is also dedicated to immigrants’ rights, and spent the fall of 2010 working full-time at the League of Human Rights in Paris giving legal advice to and advocating on behalf of immigrants and refugees in France. While studying at Brown University, Emily was a Program Coordinator for the Brown International Advanced Research Institutes (BIARI), a conference that brings over 150 international scholars to Brown every year to collaborate on issues including global health, climate change, and international development. Emily graduated from Brown with a degree in International Relations. Upon graduation, she received the Senior Prize for Academic Excellence in International Relations.