Joseph Elias, Director of Professional Development

The key to making change is developing strong leaders who balance knowledge, attitude and skill and see every body as human beings.

Joseph Elias is the Director of Professional Development at GHC. Prior to joining GHC, Joseph was the Senior Project Officer for the Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (PHIA) project conducted by ICAP at Columbia University. PHIAs were conducted in over ten sub-Saharan African countries to measure the impact of HIV and health equity issues through home-based surveys and HIV testing. Joseph has worked in public health and international development in amazing communities across the globe. He set up the monitoring and evaluation framework for a national U.S. based organization aimed at providing support and care to young men of color in the south, and coordinated the community and civil society component of the largest ever International AIDS Conference held in Washington, D.C. in 2012. Additionally, Joseph worked with Palestinian refugee women on reducing gender-based violence and increasing child protection, as a technical advisor in the south Pacific on creating health promoting schools, and worked with west African refugee women to assess best practices in dealing with sexual and reproductive health needs. He has a Master of Public Health with a focus on global health and development from the University of Sydney, Australia, a degree in sociology from Macquarie University, and is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP). Joseph loves travelling and experiencing new cultures, spending time with his partner, and trying out his mother’s Lebanese food recipes.