Barbara Bush , 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 & Co-founder of Global Health Corps (GHC), which mobilizes a global community of young leaders to build the movement for health equity. GHC was founded in 2009 by six twenty-somethings who were challenged by Peter Piot at the aids2031 Young Leaders Summit to engage their generation in solving the world’s biggest health challenges. Barbara and her co-founders were united by the belief that health is a human right and that their generation must build the world where this is realized. Since that time, GHC has placed more than 700 young leaders on the front lines of health equity in Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Rwanda, Zambia, and the United States, developing a cadre of creative, effective, and compassionate changemakers.
Prior to GHC, 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 across the US. She has worked with Red Cross Children’s Hospital in South Africa and UNICEF in Botswana. Barbara is a member of UNICEF’s Next Generation Steering Committee and the UN Global Entrepreneurs Council. She is a Draper Richards Foundation Social Entrepreneur, a World Economic Forum Young Global Shaper, and a fellow of the Echoing Green Foundation. In 2011, Barbara was named one of Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year, in 2013 she was recognized as one of Newsweek’s Women of Impact, and in 2015 she was named to Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business list. Barbara graduated from Yale University with a degree in Humanities in 2004.
Heather Anderson , Senior 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.
Russatta Buford , Vice President of Operations
I have seen how diversity of thought and practice can effect sustainable, positive change. I'm honored to help develop and support leaders who are addressing the causes of global health inequities.
Jessica Mack , Senior Director of Advocacy and Communications
Injustice is everywhere we look; the antidote is a generation of enlightened, compassionate, and fierce social justice leaders from every continent. I am proud to be part of that community. Health is a human right and through a commitment to excellence in leadership, we are working everyday to realize that right.
Yael Silverstein , Senior Director of Global Talent
The medicine and science exists to tackle many of our greatest global health problems. GHC empowers the global changemakers who will lead the implementation of those solutions. Health is a fundamental human right.
Jean René Shema , Rwanda Country Director
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.
Nchimunya “Eric” Chiyombwe , Zambia Country 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.
Martin Kanjadza , Malawi Country Manager
Offering health services to people is not enough. Unless the services are accessible to all, then there will be disparities and inequity in both distribution and utilisation of services. Working for GHC offers me a rare opportunity to be part of a strong network of global equity actors.
Armand Giramahoro , Uganda Operations Manager / Burundi Country Manager
I believe that people give what they have. We give peace to our peers because inside our own souls we have peace. That is why I think that we need to cultivate the culture of peace, peer to peer/mutual acceptance, humility and happiness in our hearts. Then we will be able to bring a positive change in the World.
Anita Namuyaba , Uganda Operations Senior Associate
"Health care is a system that requires different components and skills coming together to ensure its accessibility and delivery to all people. I strongly believe that the work we do in mobilizing youth from all walks of the professional spectrum and rallying them towards a common goal is a fundamental step in achieving health equity."
Prior to joining GHC, Anita Volunteered in the health care systems planning and resource mobilization departments of The AIDS Support Organization (TASO) where she assisted in the implementation of HIV/AIDS and partnership programs. She was also part of the conceptualization and execution of local resource mobilization drives that attained funding for key organization projects. Anita was privileged to have been chosen to be mentored under the USAID/ Uganda’s Health Initiatives for the Private Sector (HIPS) Project that was implemented by Cardno Emerging Markets USA, Ltd (Cardno). As a mentee of the program her focus was on integration of HIV/AIDS and FP programs in school curricular. In 2010, she co-founded a youth platform that provided opportunities for eager, passionate youth to gain employability skills in preparation for the job market. She is an alumnus of the Young African Leaders Initiative Regional Leadership Center (YALI RLC) in Nairobi. A current member of the Roteract club in her country, Anita is passionate about bringing positive change and making a positive impact in her community. She has a Bachelors of Business Administration in Health Management from the International Health Science University and is embarking on a Master’s in Public Health from the International Health Sciences University in Uganda.
Meghan Kappus , Director of Strategic Partnerships
I joined GHC because it is a fearless organization. While many in the global health field value years of experience and technical expertise, GHC values the power of youth and finds relevance in a diversity of skills and backgrounds in impacting global health equity. That is fearless.
Meghan Kappus serves as the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Global Health Corps. In this position, she oversees GHC’s revenue and in-kind partnership strategies and supports overall strategic planning. Prior to this role, she served as the US Country Manager at GHC for two years, providing dedicated support to fellows, alumni and partner organizations in the United States. Before joining GHC, Meghan worked in nonprofit strategy consulting for eight years with Community Wealth Partners, an organization dedicated to helping change agents solve social problems at the magnitude they exist. There, she had the privilege of supporting the country’s leading nonprofits and foundations to strategize issues related to impact, scale, and sustainability. As a consultant, she managed nonprofit and foundation client relationships and all aspects of a consulting engagement from planning, strategy, and research to communication and budget management. Her core expertise is in social enterprise business planning, bold goal development, and strategic planning. Meghan has a B.S. from Cornell University in Applied Economics and Management and a M.S. in International Development and Management from Lund University in Sweden.
Imran Nadaph , United States Country Program Manager
It’s about damn time that we see a genuine effort to level the playing field and provide universal access to quality healthcare! When I look at Global Health Corps, I see a strong desire, passion and commitment, in every single individual of this global community, to achieve results! We know it’s not easy, it never was! That is why the emphasis on developing the next generation of fearless leaders who share the same belief! Once the belief is there, all it takes is one step! One step which leads to the next…. and the next! One step towards a much needed revolution!
Imran hails from Pune, India and completed his undergraduate studies at Pune University majoring in Cost & Works Accountancy. After a Post Graduate Diploma in Banking and Finance and several concentrated certificate courses within the field of sports sciences, coaching and sports business management, he has been involved in sports based youth programming (sport for health) for various organizations over the past 5 years! As a 2015-16 Global Health Corps fellow in the U.S, he served as a Program Manager for Student-Athlete development with The Grassroot Project. Prior to the Global Health Corps Fellowship, he worked with SE TransStadia Pvt. Ltd as “Manager- Coaching operations” spearheading strategic planning for establishing a financially sustainable Community Football club in Gujarat, India while directly managing on ground implementation and maintenance of delivery quality of its sports and health education programs in schools.
Imran is an Exemplar Global (RABQSA) certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt dedicated towards achieving process excellence for organizations. Additionally he has been certified in the Sciences and Technology of Coaching by AISTS Academy (Lausanne, Switzerland), represented his State and University in the game of CRICKET aside from being an AIFF certified football (soccer) instructor in India.
Diana Nambatya Nsubuga , Uganda Country Manager
You and I are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. We are here to make the world a better place through health equity. GHC makes this possible through building a cadre of leaders that prioritize health as a human right … and for this cause we are here.
Sarah Endres , Program Coordinator
I’m inspired by the possibilities that come to life when people collaborate across industries and continents. I believe our global health leaders don’t need to pursue any one career path, but they do need to master this art of collaboration, which is why I’m honored to work towards this goal every day at GHC.
Toyosi Olowoyeye , Program Senior Associate
A remarkable result of promoting health as a human right is not only the proliferation of physical health itself but also, the newfound freedom to satisfy other essential needs that contribute to a well-lived and dignified life filled with empowerment and self-actualization.
Before joining GHC, Toyosi worked as a health program consultant, specializing in program planning and health communications. As a consultant, Toyosi developed comprehensive communication campaigns and led research that informed the realignment of strategic initiatives for a diverse network of health-centric organizations. In 2013, she joined a multidisciplinary research team to investigate gold standards in global community health practice at the Nanjing Medical University’s School of Public Health in China. Toyosi also coordinated the program operations and process evaluation of the Texas Department of State Health Service’s Youth Tobacco Awareness Program.
Her early experience as an AmeriCorps – Volunteer In Service To America (VISTA) member ignited her passion for public health and social justice advocacy. Through this opportunity, she came to understand the tremendous need for health equity and social justice. She holds an MPH in Social and Behavioral Health Sciences from Texas A&M University and a degree in Biology from Howard University.
Alida Bivegete , Rwanda Operations Senior Associate
I’m honored to be part of the GHC team and to work with a community of people who value life and work to advance the cause of health equity. I believe with everyones commitment change will happen.
Alida supports the Global Health Corps Rwanda Office as a Program and Operations Associate. Prior joining GHC team she spent 3 years with World Vision, a Christian organization dedicated to sustain the well-being of children especially the most vulnerable. She successfully acted as an Administration and Logistics Manager and later on as an Executive Associate to the Country Director. She was recognized for being the best supportive staff of the year 2014. Alida has also worked as customer care agent in telecommunications industry. She enjoys working with youth for greater causes and loves organizing events. She holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration from the School of Finance and Banking of the University of Rwanda.
Isabel Kumwembe , Malawi Program and Operations Senior Associate
I believe that every common goal takes innovation, collaboration, diversified skill sets and heart together to create impact. Waking up every morning to work with a community of change makers reminds me of the power in unified action. Everybody plays a part in building a world we hope for and working for GHC helps me play mine.
Sheila Sibajene , Zambia Program and Operations Manager
Zambia Program & Operations Manager
With a background in business and project management, Sheila has focused most of her time working on providing solutions to bridging the gaps in public health, good governance, institutional capacity building and education. In her previous professional roles, she worked to support public health initiatives through training, knowledge transfer, research and collaborative ventures with the Zambian government, German and US development agencies and local and international tertiary institutions. She has supported the program coordination of numerous training initiatives, including the HIVCorps/HealthCorps Fellowship Program, Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars/Fellows Programs, and the AIDS International Training and Research Program. Her experience includes program planning and implementation, research and training.
An adventurer at heart, she enjoys travel, dance and music.
Brian Ssennoga , Alumni Program Manager
GHC Alumni are critical to the mission of mobilising a community of emerging leaders to build the movement for health equity. There are now more alumni than fellows, and this provides an amazing opportunity for us to harness our collective experience and determine how we can best work towards improving the health of those most in need, both in our own countries and beyond. I am delighted to serve this community.
Brian Ssenngoa received a 2010 achievement award from AED-Satellife – Center for Health and Information Technology, for work related to strengthening Health Information Systems in Uganda, using African Access Points and Mobile Devices. Brian has also worked extensively on the use of Mobile devices for household data collection with various projects in Ghana, Nigeria and in Uganda. Prior to completing his placement as a Global Health Corps Fellow with Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation supporting Communications and Documentation for the STAR-SW project, Brian was IT Manager at International Health Sciences University.
Brian holds a Bachelor’s in Computer Science and a Postgrad Diploma in IT with Amity University of India, and is currently a candidate for MBA.
He is a co-founder and Director of The Uganda Center for Open Source Software; a member of the Board of Directors, ICT Association of Uganda; Member of the Council, Free and Open Source Software Foundation for Africa; Creative Commons Uganda Chapter. In his spare time, Brian will cook meals for his family, and play guitar at Watoto Group, where he has been leading the ICT Department and also volunteers with the Creative Arts & Media Teams.
Namuyamba Muyunda , Zambia Program and Operations Coordinator
I believe that with combined effort, we will live in a world where injustice exists no more, a world where everyone has equal opportunities and health equity is a reality. I am proud to be a part of Global Health Corps' health equity movement which embraces young people who have unique skills regardless of whether their backgrounds are in or outside health care because everyone has a vital role to play.
Namuyamba Muyunda is the Zambia Program and Operations Coordinator at Global Health Corps. She was a Global Health Corps Fellow class of 2014-2015. During her fellowship year she worked at Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) in Zambia, where she worked on an Early Childhood Development project that focused on the developmental needs of HIV infected/affected children in two high HIV prevalence catchment areas. Her work on this project included project management, resource mobilization, event planning and logistics, community engagement, communications, Monitoring & Evaluation, among others.
Prior to the Global Health Corps Fellowship, she worked with Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) where she focused on community mobilization and sensitization for the CIDRZ Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) program. Namuyamba has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Namibia and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Project Planning and Management.
Caroline Numuhire , Rwanda Program Senior Associate
I have always been passionate about social justice. Being able to work for GHC, an organization that fights for health equity is a privilege as I enjoy working with leaders who apply biosocial analysis to tackle health-related issues.
Caroline Numuhire holds a degree in agriculture sciences with a major in rural development and agribusiness from the University of Rwanda. For the past two years, she has worked for Gardens for Health International (GHI), a nonprofit that fights childhood malnutrition in Rwandan rural communities. As the Agriculture Training Manager, Caroline focused on ensuring the quality of agriculture trainings that GHI provides to rural farmers. Additionally, she has served as a 2014-2015 Global Health Corps fellow in the same organization.
In the past, she has interned with Save the Children Rwanda assessing the quality of income generating activities in remote areas. She has also volunteered with Mind Leaps (former Rebecca Davis Dancing Company) where she worked with a team dedicated to rehabilitate street children trough contemporary dance. She is also a creative writer and regularly contributes to ECOFORUM, a Kenyan Journal that deals with environment and sustainable development issues.
Moreover, Caroline writes inspirational African short stories, her articles are published on Environmental Africa, an online platform for African writers. She is currently pursuing a Masters program in Global Health Delivery at the University of Global Health Equity in Kigali, Rwanda. This part-time program is partnership between Partners in Health, Harvard School of Public Health and the government of Rwanda.
Carrie Rubury , Alumni Program Coordinator
I am proud to join Global Health Corp’s fight for healthcare access and equality as well as their efforts to diversify and empower a new generation of leaders within the field. Alongside the talented GHC team, I strive to support and innovate the effort to make this mission a reality.
Bryan Dwyer , Director of Partnerships
“It is an honor to be working arm and arm with GHC staff, fellows, alumni, and partners in the pursuit of health equity for all. An incalculable amount of human development and potential depends on this effort.”
Bryan holds a BA in Political Science from Grove City College, a MA in English from DePaul University, and a MS in Education from Northwestern University. He lives in Malawi, where he serves on the Board of Vayando.com and volunteers as a Community Development course designer/instructor at the Dzaleka Refugee Camp.
Jacob Gomez , Impact and Learning Manager
I believe that collective impact in improving health equity can only be achieved through sharing best practices and collaborating across disciplines. I’m inspired by the experiences and perspectives of Global Health Corps fellows; honored to play a small part in a devoted team working to create social change.
Victoria Choong , Finance and Operations Manager
Impact starts at the individual level, and collectively we join a movement advocating for health equity to make a lasting difference in the world.
Victoria Choong is the Finance & Operations Manager with Global Health Corps. In this role, she oversees the organizational financial processes ranging from budgeting, accounting, and auditing. Also under her purview are partner grants management, donor expense reporting, and corporate card management. Prior to joining GHC, she was the Budget Analyst at Open Society Foundations, which focuses on building civil societies through its work in human rights, social justice, transparency, and accountability. She also brings with her experience as a staff accountant from the Institute of International Education, a nonprofit that supports educational, professional, and cultural exchanges around the world. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Baruch College, and Master of Public Administration from NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. She is a notary public in New York State.
Naeha Vora , Admissions and Operations Coordinator
Each day, one fellow at a time GHC strives to pave the path towards health equity for all. Being a part of this movement is an incredibly rewarding way to create sustainable and impactful change.
As Admissions and Operations Coordinator, Naeha works on the admissions process for the fellowship. Her role includes application system management, coordinating application reviews and progression, applicant communication, and initial fellow on-boarding. She began her experience at GHC as an Operations Intern, and was thrilled to transition on the team as a staff member! Prior to joining GHC, Naeha graduated from The George Washington University with a degree in International Affairs and a minor in Arabic. During her time in Washington, D.C. she conducted research at the Embassy of Jordan and lived abroad in Jordan, where she focused on language and regional studies.
Gwen Hopkins , Admissions and Operations Manager
To realize the right to health, we need strong individuals, organizations, and collaboration across the sector. By empowering staff and fellows, building supportive systems, and aligning impactful partnerships, GHC is mobilizing a global movement for lasting change.
Shivani Mulji , Finance and Operations Associate
"Health care is not a privilege, it is a fundamental right for every human regardless of region and background. GHC recognizes that we need collective effort and a diverse array of skills to bring our society closer towards attaining health equity. I am thrilled to work at an organization that continuously makes positive, impactful changes around the world."
Jeremy Harding , Strategic Partnerships Assistant
“I am so proud to work for an organization that makes creating space for a variety of voices in the movement for health equity a top priority. Our diversity – of skills, experiences and identity – is one of our greatest assets as an organization.”
As the Strategic Partnerships Assistant, Jeremy Harding is thrilled to support the development of Global Health Corps’ revenue and partnership strategies. Previously, Jeremy worked as a Project Coordinator with the 2Seeds Network inc., an organization aimed at developing human capital in Tanzania in pursuit of food and income security. As a student of Public Health at the University of Rochester, Jeremy served as co-President of GlobeMed at University of Rochester, a student-run organization that aims to foster a new generation of health leaders while impacting grassroots organizations around the world.
Mera Boulus , Special Assistant to the CEO
"I feel privileged to be part of a team that so fiercely believes in empowering health equity change-makers!"
Elizabeth Kibabu , Africa Regional Director
The function of leadership is to produce more leaders not followers!
Elizabeth is an HR and Business Leader, with a strong background in HR, Strategy and Organization Development and has over 15 years’ experience working with leading global consulting firms – KPMG, Deloitte & PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) as People and Change consultant. In addition she also worked with International NGO’s, telecommunications and Government agencies including; World Vision International, Safaricom Limited, Tigo Rwanda Limited and Rwanda Development Board. She has been involved in Human Resource development, providing various training and management consulting services to for profit, public sector and non-profit organizations. She also facilitates coaching, leadership and business development and innovation training. Her experience spans across Rwanda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, South Sudan, North Sudan, Kenya and USA. She has worked in a similar role as Director of Human resources where she lead large staff teams, cross functional managers and facilities. She has also had experience in the health sector as part of the Human resources for health program (HRH) – with USAID / APHIA II Capacity project – supporting the development of Healthcare workers in Kenya in collaboration with the Ministry of Health. Elizabeth is a trained user of SHL’s tools for competency based interviewing and skills profiling. She a certified Personal Performance Coach from The Coaching Academy-UK. Elizabeth holds a Master of Science in Human Resource Management.
Nicholas Setteducato , Global Talent Manager
"GHC’s commitment to developing life-long social justice leaders and promoting health equity worldwide is truly inspiring. It’s essential to have a pipeline of skilled, sensitive leaders who will ensure that all people - regardless of identity, means, or geography – have access to adequate health care. I’m thrilled to be a part of this movement."
John Cape , Director of Programs
There is no place for timidity in the response to social injustice, which is why I am proud to be part of a community of audacious and empathetic changemakers working together to realize the fundamental right to health for all.
John Cape is the Director of Programs at GHC. Prior to joining GHC, John co-created the Global Justice Fellowship at American Jewish World Service (AJWS), training leaders to organize their communities in support of national policy change to advance the rights of women and LGBT people in the Global South. Before AJWS, John coordinated the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics at the Museum of Jewish Heritage, an immersive learning program for graduate students. Previously, John worked as an Outward Bound lead instructor for struggling adolescents and as a group challenge facilitator at Seeds of Peace, supporting young people from regions in conflict as they developed as leaders. John also spent time teaching English in Costa Rica as a WorldTeach educator. He has a B.A. in Government and Religious Studies from Cornell University. John lives in New York City with his partner and two children.
Jacqui Brown , Operations Senior Coordinator
"Equity, in all its forms, begins on the individual level, with each of us working each day to confirm the human right to justice and equal access."
Jacqui Brown is Global Health Corps’ Operations Senior Coordinator. Jacqui’s personal and professional mission is to create a world of equal opportunity, with a focus on Africa and the African diaspora. She began her career as an Analyst for the New York State Attorney General where she investigated public corruption, frauds against vulnerable communities, and human trafficking. As an Analyst, her work led to successful prosecutions for the theft of over $5 million in state funds and she won the office’s Superior Service Award for her work on the successful prosecution of State Senator Shirley Huntley and her co-conspirators for stealing $110,000. Following the Attorney General’s office, Jacqui worked at the civic sector-oriented consulting firm, Bennett Midland. At Bennett Midland she helped launch multi-million dollar, multi-city civic initiatives; contributed to the long-term growth and strategic outlook of a major gender-based violence organization; and supported the creation of a citywide criminal justice investment management tool for the City of New York. Prior to joining GHC, Jacqui researched grassroots anti-corruption activism in Kingston, Jamaica on a Fulbright grant. She graduated from Columbia University in with a B.A. in Political Science in 2011.
Brittany Cesarini , Advocacy and Communications Senior Associate
"Tackling systemic injustices requires empathy, resilience, innovation, and collaboration. The dynamic GHC community centers on these values, and I am grateful for the opportunity to be part of it."
Brittany Cesarini is the Advocacy and Communications Senior Associate at Global Health Corps. Before joining the GHC team, Brittany worked on communications and legislation for a New York City Council Member in the Bronx, and as a Princeton Project 55 fellow in the foster care/adoption department at New Alternatives for Children. Brittany holds a B.A. in Public Policy, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and African Studies from Princeton University (and a semester at the University of Cape Town). She spent her summers during undergrad learning Swahili, interning in the field of HIV/AIDS, and researching gender-based violence in Tanzania. Following graduation, Brittany was selected to receive the Henry Richardson Labouisse ’26 Prize, which she used to fund the launch of the Shikamana initiative in Dar es Salaam. Through the project, she had the opportunity to train Tanzanian activists to educate youth on public health topics including conflict resolution, family planning, and disease prevention.
Simon Simkoko , Malawi Operations Manager
“The prevalence of inequalities in access to health care systems remains a global challenge. This calls for unified efforts across all professions to tackle such disparities. Working for Global Health Corp is a great opportunity to be part of a team which is thirsty to see to it that leaders are developed to address this challenge.”
Simon is the Malawi Operations Manager at Global Health Corps. Prior to joining GHC, he worked for Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) where he managed the volunteer program. He managed an average of 80 volunteers per year. He facilitated development of volunteer projects in public health and HIV/AIDS, and developed tools for security and safety of volunteers. Simon also managed office ICT infrastructure, procurement, contracts for volunteers’ accommodation and general logistics.
Simon holds BA in Humanities from University of Malawi where during his studies he was the President of Chancellor College Health Network (CHN) a student organization responsible for HIV/AIDS awareness. He was awarded a National Bank of Malawi Best Student Award for Faculty of Humanities in his third year and later recognized as best student for the faculty for his four years at college. He has recently been awarded Masters in Public Administration in International Development from University of York. He managed his three years’ masters program under full scholarship award from Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship scheme.
Mamata Venkat , U.S. Operations Associate
"Health is a fundamental human right, and for too long, this idea has been overlooked. Being surrounded by changemakers who are passionate about rectifying this discrepancy is both inspiring and motivating. It is a privilege to work everyday with intelligent, empathetic, and intentional individuals who are all striving to make a concrete difference in the world."
Mamata began her journey with Global Health Corps as an Operations Intern, before transitioning into the US Operations Associate role in April 2017. In 2014, Mamata interned with the NGO Committee on the Status of Women, New York shortly after graduation; it was there that she discovered the unique tie between human rights and health. She pursued a post-baccalaureate program with emphasis on public health at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio in 2015. While at Wright State, Mamata worked as the Director of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program, a long-standing initiative that encourages intercultural relations between the United States and over one hundred participating countries. She was also a delegate for Wright State’s accredited Model United Nations team and a President’s Ambassador, and participated in a study abroad trip to Belgium, England, France, and the Netherlands to examine global human rights violations.
An Ohio native, Mamata graduated from Wright State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and a minor in Spanish with aspirations of a career in human rights work. In her spare time, Mamata is a meditation trainer with Heartfulness meditation, and enjoys blogging, exploring New York City, traveling, and wasting hours watching golden retriever videos on YouTube.
Lena Derisavifard , Global Talent Senior Associate
Hannah Taylor , US Country Manager
Hannah Taylor will be joining the Global Health Corps staff as the United States Country Manager, overseeing the fellowship program in the United States. In this position, she will be responsible for providing dedicated support to GHC fellows, alumni and partner organizations in the US. In her previous position, Hannah served as a Foster America Fellow working with the Administration for Children’s Services in New York City to recruit, retain, and support foster and adoptive parents and relative caregivers for youth in foster care. Hannah has a background in global health, working on community health programs in remote areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and South Sudan as the Child Health Specialist with the International Rescue Committee, and working on community nutrition education programming in Bangladesh with Helen Keller International. She proudly served as a Global Health Corps Fellow (2011-2012) in Rwanda, working with Partners in Health on drug management for community health programs and worked throughout Eastern Europe and Central Asia on pharmaceutical supply chain management for tertiary care institutions with AmeriCares. Hannah holds a Masters of Public Health from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science in International Affairs and Modern Languages with a focus on French and Russian studies from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Joseph Elias , Director of Professional Development
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.