Leadership Dialogue: Panel Session
Protecting the Progress: Committing to Action for Women, Children and Adolescents
Reflect and share: Building back better (Breakout Sessions)
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Protect Everyone: Closing Plenary
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Mercy Juma is a multi-award-winning broadcast and print journalist with more than eight years of media experience, currently working as a Bilingual Correspondent at BBC News. In 2017, she became the first recipient of the inaugural Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling by The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) in partnership with ONE and the Elliott family. She was also one of the four 2015 United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists Fellows. As a speaker and moderator, Mercy has presented on various platforms including the International Journalism Festival and several major global health conferences. She holds a master’s degree in international relations from United States International University – Africa. One of her biggest commitments is towards creating a culture of equality, inclusion and diversity.
Dr Githinji Gitahi joined Amref Health Africa as the Group Chief Executive Officer in June 2015. Prior to his appointment, Dr Gitahi was the Vice President and Regional Director for Africa, Smile Train International. He has also served as the Managing Director for Monitor Publications in Uganda as well as the General Manager for Marketing and Circulation in East Africa for the Nation Media Group. He held progressively senior positions at GlaxoSmithKline and worked at the Avenue Group and in the insurance industry. Dr Gitahi is Co-Chair of the UHC2030 Steering Committee, and is a member of the Private Sector Advisory Board of Africa CDC, and the Global Health Investment Advisory Board. Dr Gitahi has a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Nairobi; a Master’s in Business Administration, majoring in Marketing, from United States International University and is also the recipient of the presidential commendation, the Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear.
Abelone Melesse is a 25-year-old singer, rapper and songwriter.
Abelone is Ethiopian by origin but born and raised in Norway/Stavanger.
Abelone is interested in making music and using music to convey positive messages about Ethiopia and other countries to the world by focusing on women and children’s rights issues. Due to her interest to work on women and children’s issues in Ethiopia and beyond, Abelone became an UNICEF National Ambassador to Ethiopia on 20 November 2014.
She has been actively engaged in different activities in line with her role as a UNICEF National Ambassador to Ethiopia.
Driven by humanity and the enthusiasm to help her country of origin, she has engaged in several projects/global health conferences worldwide performing her songs.
For this evening she has made a song especially for this event.
Helen Clark was Prime Minister of New Zealand for three successive terms from 1999 to 2008. She was the first woman to become Prime Minister following a General Election in New Zealand and the second woman to serve as Prime Minister. Throughout her tenure as Prime Minister and as a Member of Parliament over 27 years, Helen Clark engaged widely in policy development and advocacy across the international affairs, economic, social, environmental and cultural spheres. In April 2009, Helen Clark became Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme. She was the first woman to lead the organization and served two terms there. At the same time, she was Chair of the United Nations Development Group, a committee consisting of all UN funds, programmes, agencies and departments working on development issues. As Administrator, she led UNDP to be ranked the most transparent global development organization. Prior to entering the New Zealand Parliament, Helen Clark taught in the Political Studies Department of the University of Auckland, from which she earlier graduated with her BA and MA (Hons) degrees.
Helen Clark’s photo credited to: Kieran Scott
Global Pandemic Monitoring Board co-Chair, Former Prime Minister of Norway, Former Director- General of the World Health Organization
Dr. Brundtland, a medical doctor, was Norway’s first woman Prime Minister, serving a total of ten years as head of government between 1981 and 1996. She was Director-General of the World Health Organization from 1998 to 2003, UN Special Envoy for Climate Change from 2007 to 2010 and, from 2011 to 2012, was a member of the United Nations Secretary General’s Global Sustainability Panel. She is a founding member of The Elders and served as the organization’s Deputy Chair from 2013 to 2018. She has been the co-chair of the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board since 2018.
Graça Machel is an African stateswoman whose decades long professional and public life is rooted in Mozambique’s struggle for self-rule and international advocacy for women and children’s rights. She is a former freedom fighter in Mozambique’s FRELIMO movement and that country’s first Minister of Education. Machel is a founding member and Deputy Chair of The Elders, and played a key role in establishing Girls Not Brides. She is a member of the UN Secretary-General’s Sustainable Development Goals Advocacy Group, and Board Chair Emeritus for the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH). Machel has created three non-governmental organizations in her own right, including the Graça Machel Trust where she focuses on advocating for women’s economic and financial empowerment, food security and nutrition, education for all, as well as good governance.
Graça Machel’s photo attributed to: FORBES AFRICA - Photos by Motlabana Monnakgotla
Ms. Loyce Pace, MPH is an outspoken advocate and expert on domestic and international health issues from AIDS to Zika, with over 20 years of experience in health policy, programs, and funding. She regularly speaks to U.S. and international decision-makers about the value of investing in these priorities. Having lived and worked on the ground in more than 15 countries across 3 continents, her efforts are rooted in experience partnering with a wide range of stakeholders around the world, including government officials, multilateral bodies, corporations, nonprofit organizations, and universities as well as community-based and grassroots leaders. She is a proud member of several boards dedicated to global service and solidarity. As a resilient daughter of the inner city who’s worked her way into the halls of Congress and the UN, she is keen to pass the baton to emerging champions for equity and justice.
She has worked with the international movement of local and regional governments in different capacities since 1997, leading programmes and initiatives on institutional capacity building, the participation of women in local decision-making and decentralized cooperation. She played a critical role in setting up the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments, and has followed and represented local and regional governments in iconinc international processes such as the Rio and Beijing +20 as well as the Climate Agreement, the SDGs and Habitat III and facilitated the contributions from local constituencies to the United Nations process.
Dr. Ahmad Jawad Osmani, the Acting Minister of Public Health of Afghanistan and has played an instrumental role in advancing strategic initiatives and public policy changes at national and international organizations, and is committed to bring more comprehensive changes in the delivery of primary and hospital healthcare services in Afghanistan. Dr. Osmani has more than 20 years of professional experience in academia and public health. He graduated from School of Medicine, Balkh University in 1998 and he received a master’s degree in International Health Policy and Management from Brandies University in 2011.
Rajesh Bhushan is the Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. In his more than 3 decades of public service with the Indian Administrative Service, both in the State Government and the Union Government, Rajesh Bhushan has extensive experience as an administrator and policy-maker having held a wide range of assignments in the fields of information, education, transport, rural development and health. Previously, Mr. Bhushan was the Secretary in the Ministry of Rural Development and has also served for a more than two years in the Government of India’s Cabinet Secretariat.
Professor Margaret Kobia is currently the Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Public Service and Gender, Government of Kenya. She served as the first woman Chairperson at Public Service Commission from 2013 to 2017, and was the founding Director General of Kenya School of Government. In recognition of her exemplary role in public service, she was awarded the Highest Head of State Commendation in 2016. She is also the winner of the Commonwealth Gordon Draper Award (2010). She is a member of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration. She served as the Co-chair if the Effective Institutions Platform, and the Vice President of the Commonwealth Association of Public Administration Management (2010-2017). She is a Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship and holds a PhD in Human Resources Education of the University of Illinois.
Dr. Wilhemina S. Jallah serves as the Minister of Health of the Republic of Liberia, with a vision and mission is to transform health care delivery through hard work, transparency, accountability, and good governance. She is a dedicated and patriotic Medical Doctor with over 25 years of national and international work experience in clinical services and public health management. Prior to her appointment, Dr. Jallah served as the Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and the Medical Director at the Hope for Women International Medical Center Liberia, Inc (2012-2018). Over the past decade, Dr. Jallah also dedicated five years of service to the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Liberia where she served as Acting Head and Educator for the Obstetrics & Gynecology Department. She also served as the Director for the Gynecological Cancer Program at JFK Hospital. Dr. Jallah is a Fellow of the Liberia College of Physicians and also a Fellow of the West African College of Physicians.
Dr. E. Osagie Ehanire is Minister of Health of Nigeria, a Specialist in General Surgery and Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery by training. He attended Ludwig Maximillians University of Munich in Germany and Medical Residency in North Rhine. He also holds a Diploma in Anaesthetics from Royal College of Surgeons Ireland.
Dr. Ehanire worked with University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City Nigeria, with Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria as Divisional Surgeon at the Company Hospital in Warri, (Niger-Delta) Nigeria, and as a private Consultant Trauma Surgeon.
He was appointed to President Buhari's cabinet as Nigeria's Minister of State for Health in 2015 and to the President's second cabinet in 2019 as Minister of Health.
He is passionate about advancing Universal Health Coverage and Emergency Medical Services.
Shukti Anantha is an 18-year-old student at Vidhyaashram High School in Mysore, Karnataka, India. She is a passionate youth advocate on issues of adolescent health. She strongly believes that the discourse on mental health needs to be mainstreamed and addressed with adequate care and believes in the principles of youth-led accountability in policy processes to make people more youth informed. Shukti is affiliated with a nationwide autonomous youth network on adolescent health advocacy called PWG-STEPS (Policy Working Group - Stepping Towards Enhancing Policy Structures) through which she engages in initiatives to inform India's national adolescent health programme at her state/province level as well as at the national level.
Pauline Bridget Atieno Anyona is an Adolescents and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights advocate and a health budget advocate in the campaign for good governance at the Organization of Africa Youth Kenya. She additionally serves as the Advocacy and Accountability Officer for the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health’s Adolescents and Youth Constituency. Pauline is passionate about advocacy for improvement in the delivery of adolescent- and youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services and policies, their economic empowerment and how both can be made instrumental in the achievement of the global Sustainable Development Goals.
Toyin Chukwudozie is a young woman who is passionate about amplifying the voices of young people in her community, and for the last 9 years has continued to push for sustainable social change for young people, especially other young women and girls. In 2013, she joined Education as a Vaccine (EVA) as a Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights counselor, providing counseling and information for adolescents and young people via different technology platforms. She is currently the team leader for advocacy and policy influencing at EVA, coordinating the development and implementation of advocacy and policy influencing programs to uphold the rights of adolescents and young people especially adolescent girls and young women.
Masooma Jafari’s passion for becoming a healthcare member started as a 6-year-old Afghan refugee in a neighbouring country. After returning to Afghanistan, she continued her studies and earned her Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree from Kabul University in Afghanistan in 2014. Working in the health sector, Ms. Jafari realized she wanted to be involved in the improvement of health at decision-making level. Therefore, to know more about health systems and policies she got her master’s degree in public health (MPH) from OHSU-PSU School of Public Health in the United states of America. Currently working as a Health Communication Specialist with the Ministry of Public Health of Afghanistan, she is committed to be part of the health system improvement in her country.
Jutomue Doetein is a passionate and well-motivated Child and Youth rights advocate who has worked for young people for more than 5 years in Liberia. His Leadership at the Liberian Children’s Parliament in 2017-2019 led several peaceful marches, held major press conferences on issues affecting young people and subsequently educated more than 7,000 vulnerable children about their rights. Jutomue is currently serving as the Family Planning Youth Focal Point of Liberia, a role which enables him to advocate for Adolescents and Youth access to quality health care across Liberia. Through his role, he has provided Sexual and Reproductive Health Education for more than 700 youth in Liberia.
Andre Ndayambaje is Rwandan male midwife with an MSc in Global Health Delivery (MGHD) from the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE), and 13 years of experience in Maternal and Newborn Health delivery services. Currently, he serves as the Health Services Coordinator at the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE). Andre Ndayambaje is an activist for equity and social justice especially for those mothers, babies and children who continue to die from preventable and avoidable causes in communities and in the hands of midwives, nurses and doctors at health facilities; those teenagers and adolescents who don’t have access to Sexual and Reproductive Health Services because of the existing social, legal and cultural norms in Sub-saharan Africa. Mr. Ndayambaje is Non-executive Director representing Africa in the Board of Directors of Council of International Neonatal Nurses (COINN) from 2015 up to date. He dreams of living in a world free of preventable and avoidable causes of morbidity and mortality among mothers, babies, children, teenagers and adolescents.
Petra ten Hoope-Bender is a Technical Advisor on Sexual and Reproductive Health at UNFPA. She is a midwife and executive manager with a health professional and business administration background. She has 20 years of experience in independent midwifery and the management and development of organizations and public-private partnerships in the international health arena. She was in charge of establishing the PMNCH at WHO in 2004 and is the UNFPA lead on the third issue of the State of the World’s Midwifery which will be launched at the World Health Assembly in 2021. She started her career as a midwife in the migrant quarters of Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Dr Ornella Lincetto is an Italian neonatologist, paediatrician and public health expert working with the World Health Organization, in the Department of Maternal Newborn Child and Adolescent Health and Ageing, Geneva, Switzerland, as senior medical officer Newborn Health. She currently leads the Department’s work on newborn health policies, practices and programmes, as well as the work on birth defects, and coordinates ENAP activities on behalf of WHO. With WHO since 2000 she brings experience from Lao PDR, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea and Bhutan. Before joining WHO, Dr Lincetto worked for various maternal and child health projects in fragile Asian and African countries.
Dr. Aletha Y. Akers is Vice President for Research at the Guttmacher Institute. She has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in the fields of medicine, public health, and the social sciences. Her work has focused on improving access to and utilization of sexual and reproductive health services, particularly among adolescents and underserved communities. Prior to joining the Guttmacher Institute, Dr. Akers was part of the leadership team at the PolicyLab, a children’s health policy research center, and medical director of gynecologic services at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, both at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Akers is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the Society of Family Planning, the North American Society of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, and the Society of Adolescent Health and Medicine.
Dilly Severin is an effective manager and strategic communications and advocacy expert with 15 years of experience in the international development and reproductive health sectors. She is skilled in communications for advocacy and has extensive experience providing technical support to civil society organizations globally. As Senior Director of Global Initiatives at FP2020, Dilly oversees the planning, coordination, and execution of the global advocacy, global partnerships and strategic engagement, rights and empowerment, and youth engagement portfolios. Dilly previously served as the director of communications at PAI; she also worked at the Consortium on Race, Gender and Ethnicity (CRGE) and at the International Youth Foundation. Dilly holds a master’s of public policy in international development from the University of Maryland and a master's of communication from American University. She has an undergraduate degree in English literature with a minor in Asian studies.
Dr Thérèse Gaelle Badjang is an advocate for women rights and well-being. She is Gynecologist and Obstetrician with six years of medical practice. She has worked together with women, adolescents and young girls who have been victims of psychological, sexual, physical and/or moral abuse. She also has experience working with adolescents, to improve on their sexual health and ensure safe sexual practices. As mother of a daughter, her fight is to see all daughters be raised in a favourable environment, to receive the best moral education, to build strong interpersonal skills and become leaders of their generation. She is a researcher and a member of Women in Global Health Cameroon.
Anushka Kalyanpur is CARE’s Lead for Sexual and Reproductive Health in Emergencies (SRHRiE). She is responsible for ensuring quality technical and strategic support on across the organization including through technical management of CARE's SRHRiE surge deployment and response efforts. Anushka also plays an active role on the Inter-Agency Working Group (IAWG) for SRH in crisis-settings and co-chairs their Adolescent sub-working group. Previously, Anushka worked at International Medical Corps, UN Relief & Works Agency and Women’s Refugee Commission. Anushka is a graduate of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and Georgetown University. Anushka has worked in the SRHRiE space for over a decade, specifically at CARE for the last four years.
Olivia Ngou has a strong interest in all aspects of public health, particularly malaria control and maternal and child health. Prior to launching Impact Santé Afrique, Olivia worked for 10 years with Malaria No More where she led the Cameroon and Africa programmes to rally political leaders, celebrities, the private sector and communities around malaria and prioritize the cause on their respective agendas, and was the United Nations Special Envoy for Malaria. She also co-founded and established the first Global Civil Society Network for Malaria Elimination (CS4ME) for which she is currently the global coordinator. She also brings experience from working with the Office of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control in the New York City Department of Health and Mental Health, and is committed to ensuring that communities are equally included in malaria control and overall health programmes
Olivier De Schutter is professor at UCLouvain and SciencesPo, and he taught in the past at Columbia University, at UC Berkeley, and at Yale University. He was the UN Special Rapporteur on right to food between 2008 and 2014, and a Member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights between 2015 and 2020. He is currently co-chair of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) and the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights.
Ms. de Albuquerque’s priorities as CEO of SWA include providing strategic leadership to the partnership, as well as being an influential and powerful advocate for SWA and managing the Secretariat. Before joining SWA, Ms. de Albuquerque was the first UN Special Rapporteur on the human right to safe drinking water and sanitation. In the past, she has presided over the negotiations of the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (approved by the UN General Assembly approved with consensus); and has also participated in the development of a number of other international human rights standards. She was awarded the Human Rights Golden Medal by the Portuguese Parliament and was also honoured by the Portuguese President of the Republic with the Order of Merit for outstanding work in the area of human rights.
Christina Behrendt is Head of the Social Policy Unit in the International Labour Office (ILO)’s Social Protection Department in Geneva (Switzerland); her earlier work experience includes assignments as regional social security specialist at the ILO Regional Office for Arab States in Beirut (Lebanon), as consultant at the International Social Security Association (ISSA), and as lecturer and research fellow at the University of Konstanz. Having studied in Konstanz (Germany) and Edinburgh (United Kingdom), she earned her Master degree in Politics and Public Administration and her PhD in Social Policy from the University of Konstanz. She has worked and published on social protection and other topics in both developed and developing country contexts.
Tsepiso Makwetla is a broadcaster and journalist with more than 20 years’ experience in broadcasting and journalism. She has presented and produced prime time radio and television shows at Primedia (94.7) and the SABC; SABC 3; SABC Africa; SAFM, Special Broadcast News and
Current Affairs shows. She’s currently Anchor of two Current Affairs Programs - Fullview and African Perspective - on DSTV Channel 404; a journalist who’s won awards for her work and is an IVLP Edward Murrow Leadership in Journalism alumni. She is a Media Trainer, Communications Consultant, Conference or Policy Dialogue facilitator and moderator.
With more than 25 years’ experience in public health and health care delivery, Dr. Oxiris Barbot has dedicated her career to achieving health equity. When she was commissioner of health for New York City, she led the nation’s premier health department in centering an equity agenda on communities, bridging public health and health care delivery, and leveraging data for action and policy. She successfully navigated the city's responses to the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and to New York City's largest measles outbreak in 30 years. As an innovative public health leader, Dr. Barbot has championed addressing health inequities in major cities along the East Coast. She is a pediatrician who served as the Commissioner of Health of the City of New York from 2018 to 2020 and the City of Baltimore from 2015 to 2018.
Ms. Evalin Karijo serves as the Alternate Representative of the Global South to the UHC2030 Steering Committee, as part of the Advisory Group of the Civil Society Engagement Mechanism for the UHC2030 Partnership. Ms. Karijo is a young, dynamic leader and the Project Director of Y-ACT, Youth in Action, at Amref Health Africa, a youth led initiative which promotes Meaningful Youth Engagement in policy and decision-making processes in Kenya, with a focus on Gender Equality and Sexual and Reproductive Health & Rights. She served as the Chairperson of the Africa Health Agenda International Conference Youth Pre-conference 2019. During her tenure, over 400 youth from 23 countries launched the Youth4UHC movement, the first virtual Pan-African movement of youth aimed at advancing meaningful youth engagement in Universal Health Coverage (UHC) policy design and implementation in the global south.
Jan-Willem Scheijgrond heads up a global network that is responsible for the relations with governments and related stakeholders to address societal challenges in particular in the area of large-scale health care transformation. Jan-Willem is also responsible for the Philips relations with international organizations such as the United Nations, International Development Institutions, and internal NGOs. Jan-Willem is a member of the WEF Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Development and a board member of the Partnership for Maternal Newborn and Child Health, hosted by the WHO. He joined Philips in 2009 as Senior Director as part of the Corporate Sustainability Office with responsibility for risk and reputation management. Jan-Willem started his career at the United Nations Environment Program, where he developed best practices guides related to cleaner production for emerging markets.
Justin has worked within LGBTQ community organisations for over a decade and is a former convenor of the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby. Internationally, he represents civil society on the steering committee of the UHC2030 partnership, working towards the health-related UN Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. He is co-chair of the Civil Society Advisory Group for the Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-Being for All, as well as the WHO Social Participation Technical Network. Justin is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Not-for-Profit Chairs Advisory Forum. He is trained as a mathematician, and currently works as an investment analyst. He has also worked as a postdoctoral research associate (at the University of Sydney), and as a consultant in the areas of predictive analytics and data science.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was elected as WHO Director-General for a five-year term by WHO Member States at the Seventieth World Health Assembly in May 2017. He is the first person from the WHO African Region to serve as WHO’s chief technical and administrative officer. Prior to his election as WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros served as Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2012–2016. In this role he led efforts to negotiate the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, in which 193 countries committed to the financing necessary to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Dr Tedros served as Ethiopia’s Minister of Health from 2005–2012, where he led a comprehensive reform of the country’s health system. All roads lead to universal health coverage for Dr Tedros, and he has demonstrated what it takes to expand access to health care with limited resources.
Danielle Mullings is a multidimensional youth leader with interests including technology and the arts. With her natural affinity for leadership and youth empowerment, Danielle represents the voice of young people in technology, education and national issues on councils both locally and internationally. Thus, she currently serves as the Young Expert: Tech for Health (Region of the Americas) and the Co-chair of the Resource &Investment circle, Transform Health. She is also the President of the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of the West Indies. Danielleaspires to become a world leader in technological representation for the Caribbean and Latin America.
Helga Fogstad is the Executive Director of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health (PMNCH). She is a health economist with extensive experience in forging partnerships and consensus building to promote the health and well-being of women, children and adolescents. Her 30+ years of public health experience, include many years in developing countries at subnational and national levels, as well as at the global level within multilateral and bilateral agencies. Prior to her time at PMNCH, Ms Fogstad was Director of the Department of Global Health, Education and Research at the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad). Ms Fogstad remains involved in many boards and committees, including the Alliance for Health Policy Systems Research, the Global Health Workforce Alliance, UNITAID, GLOBVAC research programme, the Special Programme of Research in Human Reproduction, the Special Programme of Research in Tropical Disease and the Global Fund’s Strategy, Investment and Impact Committee.
Dr Agnès Soucat is the Director for Health Systems Governance and Financing at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. Before joining WHO, she was Global Leader Service Delivery and Lead Economist at the World Bank. She previously was the Director for Human Development for the African Development Bank, where she was responsible for health, education, social protection and jobs for Africa, including 54 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and the Maghreb. She has over 25 years of experience in health and poverty reduction, covering more than 70 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe. She was a pioneer of several innovations in health care financing including community-based financing and performance-based financing and authored seminal publications on these topics. She was also commissioner of the recent Lancet and Rockefeller Commission on Planetary Health.
Lisa Hilmi is Executive Director of the CORE Group. She has over 30 years of global health experience in 20+ countries, employing both human rights and community-based participatory approaches to address health disparities for women, children and communities. As a nurse, researcher and public health expert, Lisa has worked for global health in policy, research, emergency relief and response, development, workforce development and health systems strengthening, and from local to global levels. She has worked in development settings, led responses to HIV/AIDS/STIs/GBV in refugee and conflict settings, and developed policy for outbreaks, disasters and epidemics in multiple countries. She has led development, relief and rehabilitation efforts with a combined budget exceeding US$ 180 million. Clinically, Lisa has worked in a paediatric hospital as well as community, academic and crisis settings, and has held leadership positions at the UN, Sigma Theta Tau International, international NGOs and foundations.